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Joe Gandara
Army Medal of Honor
Born April 25, 1924
Died June 9, 1944(1944-06-09) (aged 20)
Place of birth Santa Monica, California
Place of death Amfreville, France
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years of service 1943 - 1944
Rank Private
Unit 2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart

Joe Gandara (April 25, 1924 - June 9, 1944) is a recipient of the Medal of Honor.[1] He will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a March 18, 2014 ceremony in the White House. The award comes through the Defense Authorization Act which called for a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veterans from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to ensure that no prejudice was shown to those deserving the Medal of Honor. [2]

Gandara joined the Army from Los Angeles in February 1943.[3]

Honors and awardsEdit

Gandara received the Medal of Honor, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Bronze Arrowhead Device, Presidential Unit Citation, French Fourragere, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge-Basic with one Bronze Service Star.[1]

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