Name: Angel L Hernandez-Rivera
Rank: Corporal / Specialist Four
Pay Grade: E4
Home of Record: Lajas, PR
Birth Date: April 24, 1950
Religion: Roman Catholic
Death Date: October 28, 1969
Cause of Death: "ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile";
Died in Long An at age 19
The body was recovered.
|Comment||[Lt. Dan Kelley]|
I feel that we owe it to each of these men that we have memories of to place our thoughts of them on this web site to keep their memory alive.
Angel "Poncho" Hernandez was a member of my platoon. We had been in little action in our area out of dong tam. The day angel was killed we were patroling in a heavy rain and our tiger scout 'toe' spotted 3 men in front of us with plastic bags over their heads. We were both surprised and looked at each other and he shouted, 'gooks'. We opened up and they scattered. The platoon broke down into squad-sized units and covered the area. After 20 minutes a fire fight broke out 50 meters from me. I was called and angel was laying at the base of a bunker 25 feet from us. I swam thru the mud to him and remember being heartened by the fact that he was not bleeding or screaming even though he had been hit in the face. We were on the edge of our radio range and had difficulty getting a dust off. Doc foster assured me he would be ok, even though I knew he did not mean it. I regret that I did not contact Angel's family and would love to have the opportunity to communicate with them. Toe, our tiger scout was to die later that year and I regret the way we forgot those men also. They will both be held in highest regard in my mind.
From a photo album found in 2014.
I visited Puerto Rico in December 2014. went to Lajas and visited with Angel Hernandez's brother Juan. It was a great experience to talk with him about his brother. I may never see him again, but it was certainly a rewarding experience. We became 'family.'