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First Lt. Baldomero Lopez Tampa Native Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor

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Location: At Tampa Federal Savings & Loan, Madison St. & Florida Avenue, Tampa
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 56.939    W 082° 27.401
  27.94898333    -82.45668333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2ACF


During the Inchon invasion in Korea, September 15, 1950, Marine 1st Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez´s platoon was engaging the enemy. Exposing himself to hostile fire, he attempted to hurl a grenade into the pillbox whose fire was pinning them down. Wounded, he fell and dropped the grenade. Dragging his body forward, critically wounded and unable to grasp the grenade, he sacrificed himself rather than endanger the lives of his men. With his wounded right arm, he cradled the grenade under him absorbing the full impact of the explosion. With courage and devotion to duty, he gallantly gave his life for his men and his country.

Erected 1981, by the citizens of Tampa with the cooperation of the Tampa Historical Society


City: Tampa, FL
Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Wikipedia - Baldomero Lopez, USMC (August 23, 1925 - September 15, 1950)