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Mendoza’s wife to accept Medal of Honor from President Obama

Posted: Monday, Mar 10th, 2014


The family members of Manuel V. Mendoza who will attend the Medal of Honor ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 18 are, from left to right: daughter Barbara Duran from Surprise, Ariz.; son, Manuel Mendoza Jr., from Gilbert, Ariz.; wife, Alice Mendoza from Mesa, Ariz.; and daughter, Sylvia Nandin also from Mesa, Ariz.
Former Miami resident, Alice G. Mendoza, who is 90 years young and lives in Mesa, will be accepting the Medal of Honor being posthumously awarded to her late husband, Manuel V. Mendoza, by President Barrack Obama during special ceremonies scheduled for March 18 at the White House in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Mendoza was first informed about the event by a personal telephone call she had received earlier from the President of the United States, which came as a complete surprise, stunning her and other family members. She will be accompanied by the couple’s two daughters, Sylvia Nandin and Barbara Duran, along with son Manuel F. Mendoza Jr., who all live in the greater Phoenix area.

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Manuel V. Mendoza passed away in 2001 at the age of 79. He was born on June 15, 1922 in Miami, Ariz and attended Miami schools. His parents were Julio and Lupe Mendoza. The family later moved from Miami to Mesa, Arizona. Mendoza entered the U.S. Army at Fort MacArthur, Calif. in November 1942. He served in both World War II and Korea, receiving numerous distinguished medals and ribbons.

For the complete article see the 03-12-2014 issue.

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