Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jose Montalvo, United States Army Veteran

Jose Montalvo was born October 10, 1926 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico and passed away February 16, 2012 in Temple, Texas at the age of 85.

Jose proudly served his country in the United States Army in Korea. He was badly wounded, and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and two Bronze Star Medals.

An interment service was held on February 21 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.

In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags along the front of the committal
shelter during the service.

A minister led the family in final prayers. One of the brothers led the gathering in a celebration of Jose's life, conducted in Spanish, the family's native language.

Military honors were rendered by the United States Army Honor Guard. The bugler played taps and the American flag that draped the casket was folded into a tight triangle and presented to Jose's daughter on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for Jose's honorable and faithful service.

The Patriot Guard Riders were honored to pose for photos with the family.

Jose Montalvo was laid to rest on the hill side as the flag flew at half-staff in his honor on the hill above.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.

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