Rank and organization:   Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 7th
Infantry, 3d Infantry Division.
Place and date:   Near Rosenkrantz, France,
25 January 1945.
Entered service at:   Pleasant Grove, Utah.
N. Mex. G. O. No.: 16, 8 February 1946.
Citation:   He was on outpost duty
with 5 others when the enemy counterattacked with overwhelming strength.
From his position near some woods 500 yards beyond the American lines he
observed a hostile tank about 75 yards away, and raked it with automatic
rifle fire until it withdrew. Soon afterward he saw 3 Germans stealthily
approaching through the woods. Scorning cover as the enemy soldiers opened
up with heavy automatic weapons fire from a range of 30 yards, he engaged
in a fire fight with the attackers until he had killed all 3. The enemy
quickly launched an attack with 2 full companies of infantrymen, blasting
the patrol with murderous concentrations of automatic and rifle fire and
beginning an encircling movement which forced the patrol leader to order
a withdrawal. Despite the terrible odds, Pfc. Valdez immediately volunteered
to cover the maneuver, and as the patrol 1 by 1 plunged through a hail
of bullets toward the American lines, he fired burst after burst into the
swarming enemy. Three of his companions were wounded in their dash for
safety and he was struck by a bullet that entered his stomach and, passing
through his body, emerged from his back. Overcoming agonizing pain, he
regained control of himself and resumed his firing position, delivering
a protective screen of bullets until all others of the patrol were safe.
By field telephone he called for artillery and mortar fire on the Germans
and corrected the range until he had shells falling within 50 yards of
his position. For 15 minutes he refused to be dislodged by more than 200
of the enemy; then, seeing that the barrage had broken the counter attack,
he dragged himself back to his own lines. He died later as a result of
his wounds. Through his valiant, intrepid stand and at the cost of his
own life, Pfc. Valdez made it possible for his comrades to escape, and
was directly responsible for repulsing an attack by vastly superior enemy
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)