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(courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery)

Grave marker for Celedonio M. Garza in Section 54, Site 6389 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington (Arlington county), Virginia.

Celedonio was born to his namesake father and mother Maria in the family residence at Calle Jazeminas No 19, Tampico (Tamaulipas) Mexico on 14 November 1925.

His father was a representative for two producers of canned meat products - Swift & Company as well as Libby, McNeill & Libby (today known as Libby's).  He and his wife were both U.S. citizens and therefore, young Celedonio was considered a citizen as well.

The family was residing in San Isidro, Los Ramones, Nuevo León  when the 1930 census was taken in Mexico.  Celedonio was enumerated on line 19 and listed as age 7.

Celedonio, Sr. probably relocated to Chicago since both the firms he represented were based there.  As a consequence it explains why Celedonio, Jr. enlisted in the Army at Ft Sheridan, IL on 21 December 1943.

On 21 November 1944 Pvt Garza was transferred to Hq 3rd, 508th PIR and less than a month later he was in combat in Belgium. 

On 21 December 1944 Pvt Garza was evacuated and listed as a non-combat casualty.  It would seem however, that he was wounded as his grave marker indicates that he received the Purple Heart.  Whatever the case, he remained in the field hospital until he was transferred permanently to another hospital on 20 May 1945.

He was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge for action during campaign, 18 Dec 1944 to 20 Feb 1945.

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