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Soldier born in Miami to posthumously receive Medal of Honor for actions in World War II

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 4th, 2014

Miami — At last Monday night’s Miami Town Council meeting, Councilman Darryl Dalley announced that the president will award Medals of Honor to a few select veterans who have served in previous wars.

Included in the list of honorees is Miami native Sgt. Manuel Verdugo Mendoza, who was born in Miami served in the Army during World War II. According to information gathered by Dalley, Mendoza has already received the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery in combat and the Purple Heart for his service in Italy. Mendoza is said to have on Oct. 4, 1944, “held Mount Battaglia, Italy against the advance of over 200 German soldiers, used every weapon and piece of artillery left, while sustaining a shrapnel wound in the leg.”

Dalley said he would like to meet and honor Mendoza’s family but he does not know how to get in touch with them.

For the complete article see the 03-05-2014 issue.

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