Harold Gonsalves

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Harold Gonsalves was born in Alameda, California back in 1926.  He attended school at Alameda, quitting after just 2.5 years to take a job as a stock clerk with Montgomery Ward in Oakland. When he was old enough he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943.  He was sent to the Marine Raiders at Camp Pendleton, California.

After a brief three weeks, he was transferred to the artillery division, classified as a cannoneer on 75 and 105 millimeter guns.  He was transferred to Hawaii in 1943, promoted to private first class in 1944. He saw action in the Marshall Island.  He landed on Okinawa in 1945, directing artillery fire in support of the Japanese position on Motobu Penninsula.

He was assigned to a scouting team when the team came under heavy enemy fire. When the team reached their goal, a Japanese grenade landed at their feet, without hesitation he threw himself on the grenade.  For his action, he was awarded the Medal of honor, posthumously.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Harold was a true hero! Not many would make that choice. Enjoy your day!

Apr 01, 2020 04:38 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... this kind of bravery and self-sacrifice never ceases to amaze me.

Apr 01, 2020 05:08 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - such a young man and so brave.  

Apr 01, 2020 05:30 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I fully agree with Nina...no other words can describe that action....

Apr 01, 2020 05:31 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning agaoin James. It is hard to imagine that kind of sacrifice and action.

Apr 01, 2020 05:45 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

So many hero acts like this was one of the reasons we defeated the other side.

Here is your smile.

Apr 01, 2020 05:51 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, you are right, this post does make me proud to be an American.  I don't know how I would react if I were in a similar situation.

Apr 01, 2020 06:30 AM #7
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

A very brave man, and I am sure an example to many other Marines during the time he served with them. Obviously, others thought so as well awarding him the Medal of Honor.

Apr 01, 2020 06:38 AM #8
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

It is amazing how some do not react defensively.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 01, 2020 08:53 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James Dray Thank you for this post, and as you know many Medals of Honor are awarded posthumously.  Very few survive their heroism.  A

Apr 01, 2020 10:03 AM #10
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

James, we throw the word hero around a lot...this man was a true HERO!

Apr 01, 2020 12:06 PM #11
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

The North Dakota Medal Of Honor tribute is just a matter of feet from my home James Dray and when I read about their acts of heroism it really makes me proud to be an American.

Apr 01, 2020 02:03 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

God bless his eternal soul. There are so many heroes in our world and I thank you for showing us so many of them on a daily basis.

Happy Wednesday my friend James Dray 

Apr 01, 2020 02:59 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I don't toss around the  word "hero" lightly but this man was. 

Apr 01, 2020 07:31 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, yes I remember reading about him but that is because of my military school had a requirement to read about Medal of Honor winners... a great and selfless hero, Endre

Apr 01, 2020 10:50 PM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

A sad story but a true hero who did above and beyond the call of duty.

Apr 03, 2020 02:30 PM #16
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is hard to imagine the level of bravery and concern for his comrades displayed by Harold Gonsalves.

May 10, 2020 07:47 AM #17
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