Saturday, June 9, 2018

Medal of Honor Recipient Joe Gandara 1944 Woodlawn Cemetery

Joe Gandara (April 25, 1924 – June 9, 1944) was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and recipient of the Medal of Honor.[1]

Gandara was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a March 18, 2014 ceremony in the White House. The award came through the Defense Authorization Act which called for a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to ensure that no prejudice was shown to those deserving the Medal of Honor.[2]


Gandara, who was the son of Mexican immigrants, joined the Army from Los Angeles in February 1943.[3][4]

According to Gandara's U.S. Army's biography:[1] Gandara was born in Santa Monica, Calif., April 25, 1924.

Gandara was bestowed the Medal of Honor to recognize his heroic actions on June 9, 1944, in Amfreville, France. His detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours. Gandara advanced voluntarily and alone toward the enemy position and destroyed three hostile machine-guns before he was fatally wounded. Gandara received the Medal of Honor, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Bronze Arrowhead Device, Presidential Unit Citation, French Fourragere (Couleur à préciser), Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge-Basic with one Bronze Service Star.

Gandara's niece Miriam Adams accepted the Medal of Honor on his behalf during a WhIte House ceremony on March 18, 2014.


1. "Private Joe Gandara" Check |url= value (help).
2. Daniel Rothberg (2014-02-21). "Obama will award Medal of Honor to 24 overlooked Army veterans". The Los Angeles Times.
3. WWII Army Enlistment Records

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