Rank / Branch:
CPL - E3 - U.S. ARMY
101ST AIRBORNE DIVIS
Date of Birth:
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ARTHUR HERNANDEZ, CORPORAL, U.S. ARMY, BIG SPRING, HOWARD COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachute Wings, Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Arthur Hernandez was born and raised in Big Spring. He was the son of Lidia Tercero and Arthur F. Hernandez. He attended Big Spring High School and was a 1968 graduate of Big Spring High School. After high school, he attended Howard College and was employed at the Big Spring State Hospital. He enlisted in the Army in June, 1970 and had completed basic training and AIT in infantry at Fort Ord, California. He then completed parachute training at Fort Benning, Georgia and received training in radio communications at Fort Huachuca, Arizona before staring his tour in Vietnam..
He began in tour in Vietnam on January 10, 1971. He was assigned as an infantryman to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (Currahee). He was one of four men killed in a friendly artillery fire incident on April 1, 1971. He was posthumously promoted to Corporal and received an Bronze Star Medal posthumously and the medals were presented to his family in a ceremony at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Big Spring on July 15, 1971.
He was buried with full military honors in the Mount Olive Cemtery in Big Spring, Texas. He was survived by his parents and his two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ann Rodriguez of Lawton, Oklahoma, and Miss Linda Sue Hernandez of Big Spring, by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Hernandez of Big Spring and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Susanna Bonillia of California.