The Eugene A. Obregon / Congressional Medal of Honor Campaign

The Monument

Monument honoring the sacrifice of Private Obregon

Artist's model of monument honoring the sacrifice of Private Obregon, one of the 40 Latino Medal of Honor recipients.

Already many people have commented that this will be the most impressive and beautiful monument ever erected in our city. When completed, it will stand 20 feet high, measuring 12 ft by 12 ft feet at its base. Two bronze figures will depict Obregon and Johnson atop a pyramid made of the same volcanic stone used for sculpture by pre-Columbian Aztec artists. One side will contain a description of Obregon's deed. The other 3 sides will bear the names of the 40 Latino CMH recipients and the wars they fought in. Pfc. Obregon's Citation reads as follows:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company G, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces at Seoul, Korea, on 26 September 1950.

While serving as an ammunition carrier of a machine gun squad in a Marine rifle company which was temporarily pinned down by hostile fire, Private First Class Obregon observed a fellow Marine fall wounded in the line of fire. Armed only with a pistol, he unhesitatingly dashed from his covered position to the side of the casualty.

Firing his pistol with one hand as he ran, he grasped his comrade by the arm with his other hand and, despite great peril to himself, dragged him to the side of the road. Still under enemy fire, he was bandaging the man's wounds when hostile troops of approximately platoon strength began advancing toward his position.

Quickly seizing the wounded Marine's carbine, he placed his own body as a shield in front of him and lay there firing accurately and effectively into the hostile group until he himself was fatally wounded by enemy gunfire.

By his courageous fighting spirit, fortitude and loyal devotion to duty, Private First Class Obregon enabled his fellow Marines to rescue the wounded man and aided essentially in repelling the attack, thereby sustaining and enhancing the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Private first class Obregon was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Medal, and Korean War Service Medal.