Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 22d Infantry,
4th Infantry Division.
and date: Near
Grosshau, Germany, 27 November 1944.
service at: Sugarland,
January 1920, Villa de Castano, Mexico.
74, 1 September 1945.
While an acting squad leader of Company B, 22d Infantry, on 27 November
1944, near Grosshau, Germany, he single-handedly assaulted 2 enemy
machinegun emplacements. Attacking
prepared positions on a wooded hill, which could be approached only
through meager cover, his company was pinned down by intense machinegun
fire and subjected to a concentrated artillery and mortar barrage.
Although painfully wounded, he refused to be evacuated and on his
own initiative crawled forward alone until he reached a position
near an enemy emplacement. Hurling grenades, he boldly assaulted
the position, destroyed the gun, and with his rifle killed 3 of
the enemy who attempted to escape. When he rejoined his company,
a second machinegun opened fire and again the intrepid soldier went
forward, utterly disregarding his own safety. He stormed the position
and destroyed the gun, killed 3 more Germans, and captured 4 prisoners.
He fought on with his unit until the objective was taken and only
then did he permit himself to be removed for medical care. S/Sgt.
(then private) Garcia's conspicuous heroism, his inspiring, courageous
conduct, and his complete disregard for his personal safety wiped
out 2 enemy emplacements and enabled his company to advance and
secure its objective.