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.
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.