Sergeant Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez (also known as Alfredo Gonzalez and Freddy Gonzalez) (born May 23, 1946 in Edinburg, Texas; died February 4, 1968 in Hue City, Vietnam), United States Marine Corps Sergeant who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for service in the Vietnam War during the Battle of Hue.
Freddy Gonzalez was the child of AndrÃ©s Cantu and Dolia Gonzalez. He was raised by his mother in Edinburg, where he played on the Edinburg High School football team and graduated in 1965. On June 3 of that same year, Gonzalez travelled to San Antonio, Texas, to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. A little more than a month later, on July 6, he enlisted in the regular Marines Corps. Pvt. Gonzalez went through recruit training in September and individual combat training in October before being transferred to Vietnam in January 1966. That same month, Pvt. Gonzalez was promoted to a Private First Class.
First Tour: January 1966 to January 1967
PFC Gonzalez served as a rifleman and squad leader during his first tour in Vietnam. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in October and to Corporal in December.
Second Tour: July 1967 to February 1968
Cpl. Gonzalez was transferred to Camp Pendleton in California in May 1967 in preparation of sending him back to Vietnam. He was promoted to Sergeant on July 1 and shipped out later that month.
Military Awards and other honors
Sgt. Gonzalez is buried at Hillcrest Cemetery in Edinburg. The Hidalgo County Historical Museum, also in Edinburg, has his uniform and medals on display.
Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm
Vietnam Military Merit Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Texas Legislative Medal of Honor
Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez American Legion Post in Edinburg, Texas
Alfredo Gonzalez Athletic Award at Edinburg High School in Edinburg
Alfredo Gonzalez Boulevard at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina
Alfredo Gonzalez Dining Hall at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas
Freddy Gonzalez Drive in Edinburg
Freddy Gonzalez Elementary School in Edinburg
Alfredo Gonzalez Veterans Home, McAllen, Tx
Alfredo Gonzalez Hall, Instructor Training Battalion Headquarters Building, The Basic School, Quantico, VA
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and date: Near Thua Thien, Republic of Vietnam, February 4, 1968. Entered service at: San Antonio, Tex. Born: May 23, 1946, Edinburg Tex.