Honoring SPC Hugo V. Mendoza at Fort Bliss

| April 16, 2012

Parachute Cutie sends us a link to her post at From Cow Pastures to Kosovo entitled “Army Names Fort Bliss Soldier Family Care Center In Memory of SPC Hugo V. “Doc” Mendoza“. She went there last week to watch the Fort Bliss/Biggs Airfield, TX rename the Soldier Family Care Center to the “SPC Hugo V. Mendoza Soldier Family Care Center” which was named to memorialize young paratrooper Hugo “Doc” Mendoza who gave his life in service to his brothers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, being a medic and a partrooper to the end.

You should go read the rest.

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  1. CI says:

    Awesome….a fitting tribute to a lifesaver.

  2. Parachute Cutie says:

    Thank you for sharing this on your blog, Jonn. Hugo was such an incredible man in ever aspect of his life. His family is, too. To say it was an honor and privilege to be there is such an understatement.

  3. OWB says:

    Nice. Thanks to all for sharing this with us.

    And thanks to the Mendoza family for sharing Hugo with us all.

    • Carlos says:

      This is carlos mendoza..the son of carlos….I wanted to see how many people saw my uncles story….after all I haven’t seen or read it in 6 years. It still hurt soo much cuz he was a dad of mine too. He always acted like my dad too. Thank you guys for seeing this

  4. Doc Bailey says:

    AMEDD is sometimes a top heavy and Bureaucratically minded organization that can drive the best to drink. However there are no shortage of heroes among its ranks. Indeed if we named a clinic after all the Medics Nurses, and Doctors who have done heroic service we’d fast run out out of clinics.

  5. CI says:

    @4 – Well said Doc….

  6. streetsweeper says:

    You coulda issued something like a hankie alert, Parachute Cutie….Just saying.

  7. streetsweeper says:

    < Cross-posted it to my FB, Cutie…

  8. AW1 Tim says:

    God Bless him, and all our Medics and Corpsmen, who remind us of the better angels of our nature.

  9. Yat Yas 1833 says:

    Hermano, que Dios te bendiga. Descanses en paz.

  10. Parachute Cutie says:

    streetsweeper – thank you for sharing this on your FB. Sorry I didn’t issue a hankie alert. I will say that this was personally one of the most emotional times I’ve had at an event for one of “my” paratroopers (aside, of course from funerals). In the opinion of many, including Sal, Hugo’s death that day has been overshadowed for way too long. We are all so proud that he has finally been recognized in such a special way. It really was an honor and privilege to be there for Hugo and his amazing family.

  11. NHSparky says:

    God speed, Spc. Mendoza. Your heroism and servicelive on as an example to us all.

  12. Just Plain Jason says:

    I am glad I finally took the time to read this, right now I am going through a bit feeling like my brothers and sisters are not being apreciated. This story makes it feel like at least someone is trying.

  13. ANCCPT says:

    This is why I, as a reservist, a critical care flight nurse and an AMEDD officer, I teach my young medics every dirty, off the books, completely not allowed medical trick that I’ve learned during my career both military and civilian, so that when the time comes, they are prepared to do what they have to.
    And Jason, You are appreciated. I can’t tell you how hard it is watching the medics I’ve spent years training and preparing deploy and me not going with them. You guys out there on the lines are more appreciated than you ever know, and are always on our minds and in our hearts. Stay strong, brother.

  14. Carlos Mendoza says:

    PC thx for summing it all up!! We very much enjoyed meeting you and being part of it all. It was such a great honor. Words can not express how we feel. Our emotions still get the best of us. Thx for sharing the story with all. Hugo may not be here physically, but he’s still in our Hearts. His name will be there forever. Plz k.i.t.. Proud brother of Hugo…. Carlos Jr

  15. Anonymous says:

    I just got out from the clinic that was named after hugo mendoza dead. Than got to my car and search his name on the internet, as I was reading into it noticed on the paragraph, stating that Hugo v mendoza died october 25th 2012 . Somebody didn’t pay attention when they wrote it down. Thank you.