Benavidez, Roy

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Name
Benavidez, Roy Gender: M
Roy Perez Benavidez
born on 5 August 1935 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place Cuero, Texas, 29n06, 97w17
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 12°10' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 19°26 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 25°56'



Roy Benavidez

Biography

American soldier, a member of the United States Army Special Forces (Studies and Observations Group) and retired United States Army master sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his valorous actions in combat near Lộc Ninh, South Vietnam on 2 May 1968.

On that day, a 12-man Special Forces patrol, which included nine Montagnard tribesmen, was surrounded by an NVA infantry battalion of about 1,000 men. Benavidez heard the radio appeal for help and boarded a helicopter to respond. Armed only with a knife, he jumped from the helicopter carrying his medical bag and ran to help the trapped patrol. Benavidez saved the lives of at least eight men. At one point in the battle an NVA soldier accosted him and stabbed him with a bayonet. Benavidez pulled it out, yanked out his own knife, killed the NVA soldier and kept going, leaving his knife in the dead soldier's body. After the battle, he was evacuated to the base camp, examined, and thought to be dead. He was placed in a body bag among the other dead in body bags, but spat in the doctor's face, alerting the doctor that he was alive.

The six-hour battle left Benavidez with seven major gunshot wounds, twenty-eight shrapnel holes, and both his arms were slashed by a bayonet. He had shrapnel in his head, scalp, shoulder, buttocks, feet, and legs, his right lung was destroyed, and he had injuries to his mouth and back of his head from being clubbed with a rifle butt. A bullet shot from an AK-47 entered his back and exited just beneath his heart. Benavidez was evacuated to Fort Sam Houston's Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and he spent almost a year in hospitals recovering from his injuries.

In 1976, Benavidez, his wife, and their three children returned home to El Campo, Texas. He devoted his remaining years to the youth of America, speaking to them about the importance of staying in school and getting an education.

He wrote three autobiographical books about his life and military experience. In 1986, he published The Three Wars of Roy Benavidez, which described his struggles growing up as a poor Mexican-American orphan, his military training and combat in Vietnam, and the efforts by others to get recognition for his actions in Vietnam. Benavidez later wrote The Last Medal of Honor (1991) with Pete Billac and Medal of Honor: A Vietnam Warrior's Story in 1995.

Roy Benavidez died on 29 November 1998 at the age of 63 at Brooke Army Medical Center, having suffered respiratory failure and complications of diabetes.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 1968 (Spent almost a year in hospitals)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.

Categories

  • Traits : Personality : Courageous
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker
  • Vocation : Military : Combat ("6 Hours in hell")
  • Vocation : Military : Honors (Medal of Honor)
  • Vocation : Military : Military career (US Army master sergeant)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Vietnam War)
  • Vocation : Military : Wounded (Very serious, thought to be dead)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : Other Extraordinary (Valour)