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Six Guam heroes honored with Distinguished Service Cross for Vietnam

Posted: Jun 11, 2018 3:12 PM Updated:

Recognition long overdue. Six service members honored for their unselfish and heroic acts during the Vietnam War. This as they've finally been given the second highest award in the military - the Distinguished Service Cross award.

Decades long after the war in Vietnam, another battle is won. Chaplain Anthony Quenga, Vietnam Veterans of America Guam Chapter, said, "We are here to try to fix something here to make it right."

Correcting the injustices for those from Guam and the Pacific that fought. Family and friends gathering at the Guam Congress Building, as senators presented each one with a resolution for their service and sacrifice.

"I almost want to cry because these six men, they didn't go to war with a script. They went there with a mission and the people beside them and all around them it was a mission. Some died and some came back. I am very proud of those six individuals today," he said.

The six having served in the Army included Martin Ada Manglona, Juan Ogo Blas, Vicente Taitano Dydasco, Enrique Cruz, Tomas Garcia Reyes, and Joseph Meno Perez. The family of the last four showing up to represent, as their hero is recognized posthumously.

Joaquin Danny Siguenza Santos, Jr., a retired colonel Marine Corps veteran, said, "For their valorous acts some 50 years ago. They were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award. Each one is now being reviewed by the Army for possible upgrade to the medal of honor."

Colonel Santos worked tirelessly to ensure service members from Guam and the region get the recognition they deserve. He said, "Fairness and justice must be applied equally among valiant soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who continue to exhibit unparallel patriotism, devotion to duty and loyalty to the US regardless of race, gender, religion or ethnicity."

The stories of battle from each were also presented during the ceremony. They are stories told to honor and remember the dozens more that paid the ultimate sacrifice. "These men, all son's of Guam, young and in their formative years of their lives placed their lives on the line above and beyond the call of duty," he said.

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