First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Reserve, Company E, 2d Battalion,
1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.).
and date: Korea, Hill 749,
14 September 1951.
Omaha, Nebr. Born: 10 August 1932, Omaha, Nebr.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the
risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving
as an ammunition bearer in Company E, in action
against enemy aggressor forces. Bolding advancing with his squad
in support of a group of riflemen assaulting a series of strongly
bitterly defended hostile positions on Hill 749,
Pfc. Gomez consistently exposed himself to the withering barrage
to keep his machinegun supplied with ammunition during the drive
forward to seize the objective. As his squad deployed to meet an
imminent counterattack, he voluntarily moved down an abandoned trench
to search for a new location for the gun and, when a hostile grenade
landed between himself and his weapon, shouted a warning to those
around him as he grasped the activated charge in his hand. Determined
to save his comrades, he unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself
and, diving into the ditch with the deadly missile, absorbed the
shattering violence of the explosion in his body. By his stouthearted
courage, incomparable valor, and decisive spirit of self-sacrifice,
Pfc. Gomez inspired the others to heroic efforts in subsequently
repelling the outnumbering foe, and his valiant conduct throughout
sustained and enhanced the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
He gallantly gave his life for his country.