Lara, Chevo Garcia, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11B20-Infantry Team Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 11B20, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment/B Company
Service Years
1965 - 1966

Specialist 4

One Overseas Service Bar

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
North Sacramento
Last Address
North Sacramento, California

Casualty Date
Aug 10, 1966
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sunset Lawn Cemetery - Sacramento, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09E 123

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division27th Infantry Regiment
  1966-1966, 11B20, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
  1966-1966, 11B20, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment/B Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 12, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Date of Birth August 14, 1943
Barstow, California
American Indian

Married - Josephine Martinez Guajardo Lara, North Sacramento, California. Married April 8, 1965, Carson City, Nevada . Second marriage April 29, 1970 to Alfred E. Chavez, Carson City, Nevada.  Born October 14, 1943, Robstown Nue, Texas and died May 1, 1999, North Highlands, Sacramento, California).
Children: Unknown
Father – Lawrence G. Lara, North Sacramento, California (August 10, 1918 – June 26, 2004, Barstow, California)
Mother – Dominga S. Cuerva
Selective Service - Drafted
Vietnam Tour of Duty Started January 6, 1966

Died due to hostile action from multiple fragmentation wounds sustained to his head and chest during a hostile combat firefight near the Boi Loi Forest in the vicinity of AP Trang Dau during Operation Aiea in the Hau Nghi Province, US Military Region 3, Republic of South Vietnam.
Age at Death 22
From the book Vietnam Order of Battle by CPT Shelby L. Stanton, US Army Retired, Page 146:
25th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade – January 1966 – March 1968 located out of Cu Chi.  The 1st Battalion arrived in Vietnam January 19, 1966 from Hawaii.

Chevo Lara had arrived in Vietnam just a few days earlier and most likely was immediately assigned to the Battalion as an infantryman.

From The Vietnam Veterans Memorial – The Wall USA:
Isabel (Liz) Cruz, Niece
MY UNCLE......
This was a great man, I and my little cousin Danny Rodriquez (2nd generation Nephew to Chevo) didn’t get to meet him, however, Chevo is the 2nd brother to my mother Mary L. Lara and Son of my grandfather whom also was a Military Man in WWII, Lawrence Lara Sr.  SP4 Lara Chevo died on my grandfather’s birthday 8/10/1966, and four days before his 23rd birthday.
I have also had the great opportunity to meet his son in Sacramento, CA. whom had a great relationship between my mom and grandfather, while we lived in Sacramento.  His son turned out to look just like Uncle Chevo.
I have heard so many stories from my mom regarding Chevo.  I hear he was a great kid/growing into a Man, and a GREAT MAN he died in this Vietnam War.  It was great for me to serve as a guard for the moving Vietnam Wall when it went to Barstow, CA. and was a great accomplishment for myself to know that my uncle was honored and did not die in vain.  I was proud to stand guard for this wall for 48 hours and to pull his name off the wall.  It was also an honor to watch my mom receive an award and metal for him.  As I know she loved her brother.
He was a Great Man just to serve his country as many of my family members have. Thanks UNCLE SPC. CHEVO G. LARA for serving the UNITED STATES ARMY.  Wish I would have been able to meet you. I’m going up soon to see the wall in Washington this summer....was so close this past weekend, but couldn’t find it, so I will try again this summer.  Love you, your niece... Isabel (Liz) Cruz

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