Private First Class,
U.S. Army, Company A, 127th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division.
and date: Villa
Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 25 April 1945.
Pacoima, Calif. Birth:
No.: 115, 8 December 1945.
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.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.