Rigoberto Marks, Retired Sgt Maj., U.S. Army and Decorated Veteran of
three Wars, passed away March 3, 1988. He will be missed by his wife,
Martha, daughters, Jennifer Darby and Patricia Holbrook, sons, Michael
and Dennis Marks and nine grandchildren. The family wll receive friends
and visitors Friday, March 4, from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 at Pope
Dickson ft Son Phillips Drive Chapel, 1210 Morrow Rd., Morrow, Ga.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 5, at 1:30 p.m. from The
Dickson's Phillips Drive Chapel. Interment will follow at Greenwood
Cemetery, 1173 Cascade Rd., S.W., Atlanta. Rev. Ron Hargrove,
officiating. Pope Dickson ! ft Son, 961-2700.
[The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, 04 Mar 1988, Fri, Page 39]
Naturalization records for Rigoberto
LEDESMA on 8 November 1945 in Paris, France under Petition VS 1263 at
which time he officially changed his surname to MARKS (see images 1 &
As noted on image 3, his official home
of record was 5045 University Avenue, San Diego, CA.
During the census of both 1920 and
1930 he was listed as having been born in Mexico and living in San Diego
first as age 7 and then 17. In both cases his surname was shown as
MARKS. His enlistment records are not available and it was
presumed that he enlisted under the surname of LEDESMA.
His grandson, Tyler Zihlmann, however,
clarified the issue by stating:
"When joining the military they
had to clarify his surname because Ledesma and Marks was shown. He
took the surname of his godparents, Marks. He personally used
Ledesma as his surname but on some documents it showed Ledesma
Marks. It shows on the documents his surname being Marks and on
military records was Ledesma so indeed he kept two surnames, he
changed it, and in most records it shows Ledesma."
Rigoberto was awarded the Combat
Infantryman Badge for action during the Normandy, France Campaign,
6 June 1944 to 9 July 1944