Private First Class David M. Gonzales
Organization: U.S. Army, Company A, 127th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division
Place and date: Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 25 April 1945
Entered service at: Pacoima, CA
Place of Birth: Pacoima, CA
He was pinned down with his company. As enemy fire swept the area, making any movement extremely hazardous, a 500-pound bomb smashed into the company's perimeter, burying 5 men with its explosion.Private First Class Gonzales' War Department Citation reads as follows:
Pfc. Gonzales, without hesitation, seized an entrenching tool and under a hail of fire crawled 15 yards to his entombed comrades, where his commanding officer, who had also rushed forward, was beginning to dig the men out. Nearing his goal, he saw the officer struck and instantly killed by machinegun fire.
Undismayed, he set to work swiftly and surely with his hands and the entrenching tool while enemy sniper and machinegun bullets struck all about him. He succeeded in digging one of the men out of the pile of rock and sand. To dig faster he stood up regardless of the greater danger from so exposing himself. He extricated a second man, and then another.
As he completed the liberation of the third, he was hit and mortally wounded, but the comrades for whom he so gallantly gave his life were safely evacuated. Pfc. Gonzales' valiant and intrepid conduct exemplifies the highest tradition of the military service.
Information on Private First Class Gonzales and text of citation were obtained from official records made available by the United States Department of Defense.