Dr. Miguel Gonzalez

Obituary of Dr. Miguel A. Gonzalez

BIRTH PLACE: Fort Brooke (Antilles Command), Puerto Rico, USA

SOURCE OF COMMISSION: University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

ROTC/Distinguished Military Graduate

BRANCH OF SERVICE: United States Army

CAREER MILITARY SPECIALTIES: 48B (L)-Foreign Area Officer;

38A- Civil Affairs Officer

 

CONFLICTS DURING HIS SERVICE (* - denotes participation) :

• COLD WAR ERA 1947-1991 (1975-1979, Germany)*

• VIETNAM WAR (1957-1975)

• VIETNAM (ERA] (1970-1975)*

• CIVIL WAR, EL SALVADOR, 1 Jan 1981-1 Feb 1992*

• JUST CAUSE, PANAMA Dec 1989-Jan 1990*

• DESERT SHIELD, 1990-1991(Pentagon support)*

• DESERT STORM, IRAQ, 1990-1991 (Pentagon support)*

 

HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS:

DOM REPUBLIC, AUG 1979*

PUERTO RICO, USA, AUG 1979*

OPERATION SAFEHAVEN,

PANAMA (Aug 1994-Feb 1995)*

 

RESTRICTED MISSIONS *

• Not releasable

 

SERVICE TO THE NATION: Retired from the U.S. Army after nearly twenty-five years with an additional sixteen years as a civilian most of which was served abroad, totaling over forty years combined, honorable service. He was the recipient of numerous US military and civilian awards, including:

• Defense Superior Service Medal

• Legion of Merit

• Defense Meritorious Service Medal; 1 oak leaf cluster

• Army Meritorious Service Medal; 1 oak leaf cluster

• Joint Service Commendation Medal

• Army Commendation Medal

• Joint Service Achievement Medal

• Army Achievement Medal

• National Defense Service Medal; 1 oak leaf cluster

• Army Service Ribbon

• Humanitarian Service medal; 3 missions

• Army Overseas tours 4

• Joint Meritorious Unit Award; 1 oak leaf cluster

• Office of the Secretary of Defense Badge-The Pentagon

• Army Staff Identification Badge-The Pentagon

• US Army Parachutist badge

• Foreign Decorations: Argentina Army Meritorious Medal in the Grade of Knight Commander; Venezuela Army Parachutist Badge; Bolivia

• National Defense Gold Badge

 

The funeral service will be Sunday, October 16, 2022, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Ocala Chapel.  Burial will take place in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Ocala Chapel.

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