Mendez, Salvador Joseph


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 18-Nov-1948

Hometown: Casa Grande, Arizona

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 5-Jan-1968

Incident date: 19-Aug-1968

Date of casualty: 19-Aug-1968

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
Salvadore Joe Mendez died from wounds received while gunner on military vehicle on combat operation when engaged hostile force in firefight.

Five Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SSG Gale Edward Deering
SSG Aldon Cecil Jones
PFC Edward Austin McKenzie
SP4 Salvador Joe Mendez
SP4 William Leonard Sandersen

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 732 078*

Place of interment: Mountain View Cemetery, Casa Grande, Arizona, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 47W 001 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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