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Cleto L. Rodriguez

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Ariana Rodriguez

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by Ariana Cleto L. Rodriguez Cleto L. Rodriguez Childhood Cleto was born on April 26, 1923, he was raised in San Marcos and San Antonio TX. When he was 9 years old both his parents died which left him nothing else but to move to San Antonio with some relatives. Cleto then attended the Washington, Irving, Ivanhoe school, and worked as a newsboy at Gunter hotel Career Cleto married Flora Muñiz and had four children. "Rodríguez entered the United States Army in early 1944 and served as a technical sergeant. He was an automatic rifleman with Company B, 148th Infantry." Landmark Ivanhoe Elementary School the school Cleto attended was renamed Cleto Rodríguez School in 1975. Citations "RODRIGUEZ, CLETO L." OROZCO, CYNTHIA E. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.
"RODRIGUEZ, CLETO L." OROZCO, CYNTHIA E. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.
"RODRIGUEZ, CLETO L." OROZCO, CYNTHIA E. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. World War II Cleto's unit attacked the Paco Railroad Station that was strongly defended during the Battle of the Malina which was located at the Philippine Islands. Cleto along with his partner "John N. Reese, Jr., of Pryor, Oklahoma". World War II Both managed to stop the Japanese by killing 82 of them and hitting their strongest point. Two days passed by and Cleto killed 6 Japanese enemies, and alongside John destroyed a 20mm gun, a machine gun, and then killed the crew by throwing 5 grenades in the doorway of the Japanese station. After World War II Cleto also received the Medal of Honor for his actons at the Paco Railroad Station After World War II "Cleto joined the League of United Latin American Citizens in 1946 as a representative of the Veterans Administration in 1947." In 1952 Cleto served the Air Force until 1954. Cleto also served the Army again from 1955 to 1970. Finally Cleto retired as a Master Sergeant. Cleto died on December 7, 1990. He is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. The End
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