Christmas Present – Christmas Past

Raymond Gomez, 116th  Regiment, 29th Infantry Division,  D- day, June 6th  1944.  Philip Gonzalez, Battle of the Bulge, 99th Infantry Division their sacrifices are remembered Christmas, Dec. 25th , 2014. Connie Gomez, name is included in the Rosie the Riveter Memorial.

December 4th, 2014; I have the Honor and  Privilege of meeting Raymond Gomez  at lunch after attending funeral of  close friend.  It was during lunch did I learn of Uncle Ray Gomez, after his daughter Connie Ray mentioned his World War II service from landing at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. His wife Connie and daughter were invited by the French government to attend the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Connie Gomez, is officially recognized  as  Rosie the Riveter contributor; her name is included in the  Memorial that honor’s the women who contributed to WW II Home Front, is maintained by the National Park , located in Richmond, CA.

He is award Legion d’ Honneur,  by the French government for his service.  Awards include two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, WW II Service Medal, along with other awards/unit citations.

In Love

Connie & Ray Gomez

WW II, Vietnam

Proud World War II, veteran, Uncle Philip, Aunt Rachel.






Philip Gonzalez, is a member of one of the three regiments, 393rd, 394th or 395th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division,  saw it’s first action on Nov. 9th, 1944. They were part of the Northern Shoulder of  the Battle of the Bulge and continued combat operations until  February 13th, 1945. He is my uncle and lost a leg in combat, was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, WW II Service Medal  and received unit citations.

It is because of them that today we Celebrate Christmas Day in Freedom for their sacrifices.

About pleiku1970

My service at Pleiku, 1970 is significient because of the Cambodian Incursion. Close proximity to exit routes from the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the "Tri-Border area of Laos,Cambodia and Vietnam. This Air Force assignment was different than most, because of the isolation.
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