Edward "Babe" Gomez, Omaha, Medal of Honor
There is an avenue named after him in Omaha NE. His father was named Modesto. Edward had no children. I am working on the genealogy of his MARTINEZ relatives. Any info is appreciated. There is a photo in Wikipedia.
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August 10, 1932(1932-08-10) – September 14, 1951 (aged 19)
Edward Gomez, Medal of Honor recipient
Place of birth Omaha, Nebraska
Place of death KIA in Korea
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1949-1951
Rank Private First Class
Unit 2nd Battalion 1st Marines
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Medal of Honor (1951)
Purple Heart (x2)
Private First Class Edward Gomez (August 10, 1932 – September 14, 1951) was a United States Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor — the United States' highest decoration for valor — for gallantly sacrificing his life to save the lives of four fellow-Marines on his machine gun team. PFC Gomez was the 18th Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Korean conflict.
Born on 10 August 1932, in Omaha, Nebraska, he attended Omaha High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve on 11 August 1949, at the age of 17.
After recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California, he trained at Camp Pendleton, California, and went to Korea with the 7th Replacement Draft.
The United States' highest decoration for valor was awarded to Gomez for extraordinary heroism on 14 September 1951, at Kajon-ni, when he smothered a hand grenade with his own body to prevent destruction of his Marine machine gun team.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, PFC Gomez was awarded the Purple heart with a Gold Star in lieu of a second award, the Korean Service Medal with bronze star, and the United Nations Service Medal.