FORT BLISS, TX — The family members of the late, Pvt. Juan C. Marquez were presented the Purple Heart Medal to be presented to the late World War II veteran, 67 years after being discharged from the U.S. Army.
The Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard awarded the medal that was never presented, but is mentioned in his discharge for shrapnel wounds received during battle.
For the past three years the Marquez family has endeavored to receive the Purple Heart and get other medals re-issued.
During World War II Marquez served as a rifleman in the 44th Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion, 7st Regiment in both France and Italy, when he was wounded.
Other awards being re-presented are the: Good Conduct Medal, European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon and two Bronze Stars.
According to Army officials, Pvt. Marquez joined the U.S. Army in January 1944, was deployed to the European Theater of Operations and was discharged in July 1945. Three years after leaving the army, August 1948, he was fatally struck by an automobile in El Paso.