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(courtesy of "Kenny & Julie")

Grave marker for Rafael A. Mendoza in Plot: 20, 1606 of the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio (Bexar county), Texas.

Rafael enlisted at San Antonio, TX on 7 October 1942 and was assigned to Company C, 508th.

Pfc Mendoza was among those who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for action during Normandy, France Campaign, 6 June 1944 to 9 July 1944. He was also awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead Device.

He was promoted to the rank of Corporal on 9 September, just a week prior to the jump into Holland.  While he may have come thought those two campaigns without a scratch he was listed as "slightly injured in action" on 15 February 1945 and was hospitalized for three weeks