These Hispanic American service members all received the military's highest honor

Hispanic-American MOH Recipients
Photo credit US Army

Both Hispanic men and women have served bravely in the United States military since the late 1700s during the Revolutionary War. Roughly 4,000 Hispanic Americans served during World War I and thousands more served in every theater during World War II. The 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Borinqueneers, served in both World War II and Korea — they were recognized for their service with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2016. 


Sixty Hispanic American service members have received the military's highest award, the Medal of Honor, for their sacrifice for the country. During Hispanic-American Heritage Month, we recognize those service members, their branches of service, and the date the medal was awarded.

Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients: 

CIVIL WARJoseph H. De Castro, U.S. Army — December 1, 1864John Ortega, U.S.Navy — December 31, 1864Phillip Bazaar, U.S. Navy — June 16, 1865

BOXER REBELLIONFrance Silva, U.S. Marine Corps — June 28, 1900

WORLD WAR IDavid Barkley Cantu, U.S. Army, KIA — November 9, 1918

WORLD WAR IIJoe P. Martinez, U.S. Army, KIA — May 26, 1943

Joe P. Martinez
Joseph Rodriguez
Leroy Petry
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