Alvarado, Raul, Jr., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 1542, C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry
Service Years
1967 - 1969


First Lieutenant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT James E. Reece, III (Team Leader, Vietnam Profiles) to remember Alvarado, Raul, Jr., 1LT.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
El Paso, TX
Last Address
El Paso, TX

Casualty Date
Mar 03, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Bliss National Cemetery - Fort Bliss, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30W 018 / Section I Site 1082

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1967, 1st Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Bliss, TX), A/1
  1967, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Ord, CA), A/1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Ranger Training Brigade1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1968-1969, 11A, 4th Ranger Training Battalion (Cadre) Ranger Training Brigade
  1968-1969, 1542, C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry
  1968-1969, 1542, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
University of Texas at El Paso
  1964-1966, University of Texas at El Paso
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Last Known Activity

My older brother, Raul Alvarado Jr., was and still is my inspiration in life. Over 30 years have passed since his death, and not a day goes by that I don't think about him. At an early age, he possessed, the leadership skills and abilities, that lead to him towards, becoming an officer. He cared deeply, about his family, therefore, I know that he cared, deeply, about the men, he was entrusted to lead, in combat, because he treated them, like his family. His letters reflected, that loyalty and the letters, we received from soldiers who, had served in his platoon, confirmed, our assumptions. Several of the soldiers whom he lead in combat have recently related to me how he cared for them, and that he was a good officer. He was a RANGER, an infantryman, a soldier who lived and slept on the ground next to those he lead. He died among his men, some of them died with him that day, doing what he thought was right. Today, he still serves, as a role model, for my children. Forever Faithful, Gilbert Alvarado, LTC (Retired) United States Army, Airborne, Ranger, Infantryman, Helicopter Crew Chief/Door gunner - 101st Airborne Air Assault -Vietnam 1970-71 Younger Brother
Roswell, NM.

I want to share something else with you that occurred on my bird as we were going in. On our initial attempt to approach LZ Lolo, the enemy fire was so intense that we had to break off and circle while awaiting gunship support to help escort us in. I recall thinking that I had less than 40 days left in country and 3 March was not a good day because my older brother (1LT Raul Alvarado, Jr.) had been killed on 3 March 1969 while leading his platoon west of Chu Lai., Gilbert Alvarado, CE, UH-1H 6816252

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