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is dead." But on the contrary, Omaha was very proud of Gomez and has even named a
street after him.6
Gomez had had premonitions of his death. He told buddies in his outfit that he was
going to win the Medal of Honor and wrote home to his mother that he would die in the
next action and: "I am not sorry I died, because I died fighting for my country and that's
the Number One thing in everyone's life, to keep his home and country from being won
over by such things as communism." He added for her to tell his father that he had died
like the man he wanted him to be.7
Marine PFC Robert G. Baumeister said of Gomez's action, "I lived with the guy
night and day. You always felt that there was something different about Ed. He was
cooler and more intent than most under attack. I was in that trench. I will be indebted to
him for the rest of my life. I'll never forget Ed . . . nor will anyone else who fought here."8
Oscar Franco was a foxhole buddy of Gomez:
The day that my buddy, Edward Gomez was killed, we were on the push. I
know "Dog" Company had been hit bad and we were called forward. We got into
a hot fire fight and we were losing men. What I remember is that we set up our
gun and started firing for about five or six minutes. Then the Chinese [North
Koreans] started throwing grenades at us....
Going up Hill 749, he [Gomez] had thrown back a grenade that had landed
among us. Then he shot at three Chinese [North Koreans] that charged at us.
When they threw that grenade at our gun emplacement, Gomez picked it up,
pulled it into his stomach, spun his body away from the gun and fell on it. He
save my life!
I don't remember anything that happened after that. "Fanel" Gallardo ("E"
Company member) says he saw me being brought down from the hill. I had
Gomez's blood on my face. He says he tried to talk to me but I wouldn't answer.
One of the guys that was helping me told him I couldn't hear him - that I was out
of it - in shock. ...
6 Medal of Honor Award Citation for Edward Gomez; Oral account of Lyle Conaway, Fox Company, 2/1,
in Donald Knox, Uncertain Victory, 301. This citation and the Medal are now located in a Museum in
Omaha, Nebraska. Gomez also has a street named after him there.
7 Allan R. Millett, Drive North, 51; Lyle Conaway in: Knox, Uncertain Victory, 301-02.
8 Public Information Document by Corporal Louis Jobst, 2 November 1951.
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