ALEJANDRO R. RENTERIA
and organization: Private
First Class, U.S. Army, 165th Infantry, 27th Infantry Division.
Ryukyu Islands, 28 April 1945.
Carlsbad, N. Mex.
Loving, N. Mex.
26 June 1946. Citation:
When his unit was stopped by a skillfully camouflaged enemy pillbox,
he displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond
the call of duty. His squad, suddenly brought under a hail of machinegun
fire and a vicious grenade attack, was pinned down. Jumping to his
feet, Pfc. Ruiz seized an automatic rifle and lunged through
the flying grenades and rifle and automatic fire for the top of
the emplacement. When an enemy soldier charged him, his rifle jammed.
Undaunted, Pfc. Ruiz whirled on his assailant and clubbed him down.
Then he ran back through bullets and grenades, seized more ammunition
and another automatic rifle, and again made for the pillbox. Enemy
fire now was concentrated on him, but he charged on, miraculously
reaching the position, and in plain view he climbed to the top.
Leaping from 1 opening to another, he sent burst after burst into
the pillbox, killing 12 of the enemy and completely destroying the
position. Pfc. Ruiz's heroic conduct, in the face of overwhelming
odds, saved the lives of many comrades and eliminated an obstacle
that long would have checked his unit's advance.