Private First Class,
U.S. Marine Corps, Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine
Korea, 5 September 1952.
San Juan, P.R.
October 1929, Utuado, P.R.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life
above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a member of Company
I, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While participating
in the defense of a combat outpost located more than 1 mile forward
of the main line of resistance during a savage night attack by a
fanatical enemy force employing grenades, mortars, and artillery,
Pfc. Garcia, although suffering painful wounds, moved through the
intense hail of hostile fire to a supply point to secure more handgrenades.
Quick to act when a hostile grenade landed nearby, endangering the
life of another marine, as well as his own, he unhesitatingly chose
to sacrifice himself and immediately threw his body upon the deadly
missile, receiving the full impact of the explosion. His great personal
valor and cool decision in the face of almost certain death sustain
and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He
gallantly gave his life for his country.