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Edward Lopez

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  4/1/48
Birth Place:  San Juan, PR
[record sources also list Aguada, PR, as birth place]
Race:  Hispanic
Religion:  Roman Catholic
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Inocencio Lopez
Mother's Name:  Leovighilda (Vasquez) Lopez
Sibling Names:  Maria (Lopez) Santiago
Marital Status:  Single
Wife's Name:   
Offspring Names:   
School Attended:  William N. DeBerry, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  4/17/56
School Attended:  Holy Name School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  11/6/56
School Attended:  Trade High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/9/64
High School Diploma:  Yes
Diploma Year:  1968
Selective Service Data:
SSS Local Board Number:  81
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  7/5/66  
SSS Registrant Description:  5' 10"/145 pounds/black hair/brown eyes
Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  3/12/69
Entry Mode:  Induction
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
Military Branch:  Army
Military Component:  Selective Service
Rank:  Private First Class
Rank Abbrev:  PFC
Pay Grade:  E3
MOS:  63F20
MOS Title:  Recovery Specialist
MOS Background:  Established Sep 68.  Deleted Apr 80.  Duties converted to an additional skill for other 63-series MOS. 4th char of 2 = E5 skill level.  5th char of O = no extra qualification or SQL.
Awards Received:  Bronze Star Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Military Merit Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Length Of Service:  less than 1 year
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  10/29/69
Major Command:  1st Infantry Division
Sub Command 1:  16th Infantry (Mechanized)
Sub Command 2:  1st Battalion
Sub Command 3:  Company B
Base Location:  Lai Khe/Ben Cat
Army Campaign Number:  11th
Army Campaign Name:  Summer - Fall 1969
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  12/15/69
Casualty Time:  1330
Casualty Age:  21
Casualty Data 1:  Non-Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty
Casualty Data 3:  Other Accident
Casualty Province:  Binh Long Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Casualty Grid Coordinates:  XT 829 612
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Burial Plot Location:  Veterans 18 #5
Burial Date:  1/30/70
Consigned Funeral Home:  Sampson Funeral Home, Springfield, MA
Escort Name:  SSG Jurij Stepaniak, USA
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  40th
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  15W
                                                  Line Number:  59 

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