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Sergeant Miguel Ramirez Gomez, Serial Number 38029597, was assigned to Battery C of the 505th AAA Gun Battalion Coast Artillery Corp of the Tenth Army (Expeditionary Force). Sgt. Gomez's Unit participated in Operation ICEBERG (The Ryukyu Campaign) from March - June 1945. The 505th was commanded by Lt. Col. Beaver and arrived in the vicinity of the Kerama Retto Islands 30 miles west of the southern end of Okinawa on 03 May 1945. HQ, Battery A and Battery C were positioned on Zamami Shima while Battery D was positioned on Tokashiki Shima. As of 20 March 2016, it is speculation that Sgt. Gomez lost his life defending Tokashiki Village on Tokashiki Shima on 24 June 1945 as described in the AAA Journal (link below). Sgt. Gomez, another enlisted soldier, and an Officer lost their lives on 24 June 1945.
Sgt. Gomez's remains were returned to the United States and he was buried on 27 March 1949 in "Pharr Cemetery", Pharr, Hidalgo County, Texas. Sgt. Gomez's headstone has not been photographed because his grave has not been found. The City of Pharr is currently searching cemeteries for the headstone.
Written by Kristy Crawford, 2nd cousin twice removed.
Sgt. Miguel R. Gomez is not listed on any war memorial in his hometown or in the City of Pharr.
As of 20 March 2016, Sgt. Gomez's youngest sister, Mrs. Olga Villarreal, is the only immediate living family member. However, he was survived by his parents, Mr. Silvestre Guerra Gomez and Mrs. Teresa Gonzales-Ramirez Gomez; another younger sister, Eleanor; a younger brother, Martin; maternal aunt, Matiana Guerra Gomez; maternal uncles, Julian and Sotero Guerra Gomez, Avelino Guerra Vasquez, and Pedro Guerra Rodriguez; and several extended family members.
Sgt. Gomez's father, Silvestre, was a combat veteran of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. Silvestre served in Company A, 143rd Infantry, 36th Division of the Texas National Guard/United States Army.
Sgt. Gomez was preceded in death by one younger brother, Sabas; maternal grandparents, Mr. Juan del Prado Gomez and Mrs. Maria Luisa Guerra Gomez; two maternal aunts, Mrs. Ruperta Vasquez Ramos and Mrs. Sophia Gomez Loya; an Uncle, Mr. Ynocencio Guerra Vasquez; and several cousins.