BENAVIDES - During the America's Last Patrol, Inc. annual Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4 the names of 23 veterans were added onto the Memorial Walls.
Every year, a gathering at the Last Patrol Ranch on Veterans Day to honor all veterans that have served the country. This year, one recipient was presented with "The quilt of hugs of honor."
Jerry Martinez presented a handmade quilt, made by ladies in San Antonio, to Cpl. Ruven N. Garcia, US Army WWII. Garcia was all smiles as Martinez wrapped the quilt around him in the presence of his granddaughter and great-grandchildren.
This year, the 23 names of veterans were as follows: 1) Sgt. Rene F. Mora, US Army - Kingsville; 2) SPC Manuel B. Trevino, US Army - Kingsville; 3) SP4 Rene H. Quintanilla, US Army - Kingsville; 4) PFC Serafin Rodriguez, US Army - Poth; 5) PFC Arturo R. Gallegos, US Army - Kingsville; 6) SFC Roy R. Salinas, US Army SF - Edinburg; 7) SFC Guadalupe "Big Marty" Martinez, US Army SF - Laredo; 8) SFC Juan Pena Jr., US Army - Corpus Christi; 9) PFC Cristel Garcia, US Army WWII - Realitos; 10) SP4 (T) Rosendo Munoz, US Army - Kingsville; 11) SP4 Guadalupe Fuentes, US Army - Hebbronville; 12) LTCol Joseph "Joe" Kaizen. US Army Air Corps Philadelphia, PA; 13) 1SG Francisco Martinez, US Army - La Feria; 14) SP4 Gilbert E. Martinez, US Army - Stanton, CA.; 15) PFC Bentura F. Cipriano, US Army - Driscoll; 16) PFC Ignacio R. Reyes, US Army - Kingsville; 17) SSG Corando S. Benavides, US Army Retired, Chapman Ranch; 18) A1C Pat A. Rogers Sr., USAF - San Diego; 19) S1C Manuel M. Munoz, US Navy - Cuevitas; 20) Sgt. Joe Hancock Jr., US Army WWII - Concepcion; 21) SP5 Daniel R. Trevino US Army - San Diego; 22) SP4 Robert G. Perez, US Army - San Diego; 23) Cpl. Ruben N. Garcia, US Army WWII - Falfurrias.
"Today, we especially hold dear the gold star families who truly know the depth of sacrifice." said guest speaker LCDR George H. Strens, Officer in Charge of Naval Branch Health Clinic Kingsville. "...Today, as I stand here among America's Last Patrol I can't help think of the thousands of Texas military personnel who are still waiting to rest in peace. The missing are never forgotten."
The Patriots Band and Honor Guard from Corpus Christi provided military music, posted colors, 21-gun salute and taps.