Montez, Anastacio, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11C20-Mortar Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-Present, POW/MIA
Service Years
1952 - 1969

Special Forces

Sergeant First Class

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Five Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Leon Valley, TX
Last Address
Presidio, CA

Casualty Date
May 24, 1969
Hostile, Died while Missing
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Remains Not Recovered, Vietnam
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24W 096

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 Unit Assignments
101st Airborne Division 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)/Detachment B-55 (5th Mobile Strike Force Command)Company B (II CTZ) Detachment C-2 (Pleiku)/Det B-20 2nd Mobile Strike Force CommandMACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)POW/MIA
  1955-1957, 101st Airborne Division
  1960-1962, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1962-1964, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1968-1969, HHC, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1969-1969, Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)/Detachment B-55 (5th Mobile Strike Force Command)
  1969-1969, Company B (II CTZ) Detachment C-2 (Pleiku)/Det B-20 2nd Mobile Strike Force Command
  1969-1969, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
  1969-Present, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1959-1963 Multiple JUSMAAGV Operations 1959-1963
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
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Last Known Activity

Anastacio was born in Leon Valley, Texas. He was raised in the Valley of deep South Texas. The family moved with the migrate farm work and the father went to work on a ranch near Presidio. Anastacio attended Presidio schools, dropped out at age 16 and joined the Army when he turned 17 in the months before the Korean War.

He completed basic training and infantry training as well as parachute training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He joined the 101st Airborne and saw action in Korea, where he excelled as a soldier. After the war and a tour in Germany and married a German national. Stateside, he attended Ranger training and was among the first soldiers selected for the famous Green Berets in 1960. His primary specialty was indirect fire (mortars).

He had completed two previous tours as a part of the 5th Special Forces acting as advisors and teachers to the Montayards in the Central Highlands. He thought his place was in Vietnam as long as there was a need.


Loss Coordinates: 143302N 1074119E (YB897102)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered

SFC Anastacio Montez commanded a company of civilian irregulars in a strike force (MSFC) and was assigned to Detachment B-20, 5th Special Forces Group. The 2nd Mobile Strike Force Command, assigned to Detachment B-20 at Pleiku had during 1968 contained 3 battalions and also satellited separate battalions under Detachment B-22 at Qui Nhon, B-23 at Ban Me Thuot, and B-24 at Kontum. On April 1, 1969, the mobile strike force companies in II CTZ (Montez' area of operations) were reconsolidated at Pleiku and trimmed down to a total of six companies.

On May 24, 1969, Montez's company encountered a numerically superior group in a fire fight in Kontum Province, South Vietnam. The American members of the team tried to defend a small hill. During this time, Montez was badly wounded and, according to survivors, later died.

As the enemy pressed the attack, surviving members of the team had to abandon the position, leaving Montez behind. Because of heavy enemy concentration in the area, it was never possible to reenter the area of loss to recover Montez.


SFC Montez was posthumously award the Silver Star. His MIA status was changed to Killed in Action/Body Not Returned on 12 July 1969 when his status was determined to be correct based upon witness testimony.

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