Roy Benavidez

Roy Benavidez

United States Army Medal of Honor Recipient
Born Aug 5, 1935

Master Sergeant Raul Perez Benavidez (August 5, 1935 – November 29, 1998) was a member of the Studies and Observations Group of the United States Army. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat near Lộc Ninh, South Vietnam on May 2, 1968.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on August 5, 1935.


1952 16 Years Old Benavidez enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard in 1952 during the Korean War.
1955 19 Years Old In June 1955, he switched from the Army National Guard to Army active duty.


1959 23 Years Old In 1959, he married Hilaria Coy Benavidez, completed airborne training, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. … Read More
1965 29 Years Old In 1965 he was sent to South Vietnam as an advisor to an Army of the Republic of Vietnam infantry regiment. … Read More


1966 30 Years Old After over a year of hospitalization, Benavidez walked out of the hospital in July 1966, with his wife at his side, determined to return to combat in Vietnam.
1968 32 Years Old Despite continuing pain from his wounds, he returned to South Vietnam in January 1968. … Read More
1969 33 Years Old Benavidez was evacuated once again to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he eventually recovered. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism and four Purple Hearts. In 1969, he was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas.
1972 36 Years Old In 1972, he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas where he remained until retirement.
1973 37 Years Old In 1973, after more detailed accounts became available, Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel Ralph R. Drake insisted that Benavidez receive the Medal of Honor. … Read More


1980 44 Years Old O'Connor had been living in the Fiji Islands when, in 1980, he was on holiday in Australia. … Read More
1981 45 Years Old On February 24, 1981, President Ronald Reagan presented Roy P. Benavidez with the Medal of Honor. … Read More
1983 47 Years Old In 1983, Benavidez told the press that the Social Security Administration planned to cut off disability payments he had been receiving since his retirement, as well as the disability payments for thousands of other veterans. … Read More


1986 50 Years Old Author He wrote three autobiographical books about his life and military experience. In 1986, he published The Three Wars of Roy Benavidez, which described his struggles growing up as a poor Mexican-American orphan, his military training and combat in Vietnam, and the efforts by others to get recognition for his actions in Vietnam.
1995 59 Years Old Benavidez later wrote The Last Medal of Honor (Texas: Swan Publishers, 1991) with Pete Billac and Medal of Honor: A Vietnam Warrior's Story in 1995.


1998 63 Years Old Roy Benavidez died on November 29, 1998, at the age of 63 at Brooke Army Medical Center, having suffered respiratory failure and complications of diabetes. … Read More
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