Silvestre Santana Herrera

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Silvestre Santana Herrera was born in Camargo, Chihuahua back in 1917.  His parents died in an influenza epidemic when he was one.  His uncle brought him to the United States when he was 18 months old.  Growing up in El Paso, Texas he worked as a farm hand before moving to Phoenix, Arizona. 

At the outbreak of WWII, he was drafted into the Texas National Guard.  After boot camp, he was assigned to the 142d Infantry, landing in Italy in 1944.  In March of 1945, his unit was engaged in combat in a forest near Bas-Rhin 5 miles northwest of Haguenau.  While his unit was pinned down he charged the enemy forces single-handedly firing his M1 rifle from his hip and ending the threat with a pair of grenades.  Eight enemy soldiers threw down their weapons and surrendered.  Later that same day his unit was under siege near a mine field.  Ignoring the danger, he again charged the enemy position stepping on a mine severing one of his legs below the knee.  When he fell he fell on another mine losing his other leg.  Despite the loss of both legs he continued to lay down fire until his unit was able to overcome the enemy position.

For his bravery, he was awarded the Medal of Honor and from Mexico the Order of Military Merit.  He was and still is the only living person authorized to wear both of the medals.  He died in 2007, he was 90.

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Comments (16)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH
GRI

A fitting story for Veterans' Day.  The self sacrifice of the men and women in the armed forces boggle the mind.  Could we do the same?

Nov 11, 2020 03:29 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well such honors were well deserved. He was luck to live such a long life.

Nov 11, 2020 03:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James. A wonderful story for Veteran's Day. I can hardly wrap my mind around this man's bravery! A true hero.

Nov 11, 2020 04:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - a very appropriate Veteran's Day story of a soldier that was previously unknown to me.  

Nov 11, 2020 04:19 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I can't even imagine having to experience such things and I would not have enjoyed being part of a war.

Nov 11, 2020 04:21 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - very appropriate that you highlight a veteran today.

Nov 11, 2020 04:31 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Hopefully, his sacrifices will not have to be endured by others.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 11, 2020 04:46 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Some cannot be stopped regardless of the odds. Silvestre was a prime example. Enjoy your day! 

Nov 11, 2020 05:13 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Silvestre Was a GREAT man who loved the land of the free. I can't imagine what he would think of today's move towards socialism James Dray .

Nov 11, 2020 05:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James,

What an appropriate post for today, this Veteran's Day.  Wishing you a wonderful day.  A

Nov 11, 2020 08:07 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Nov 11, 2020 08:29 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an appropriate person to highlight on this Veterans Day. And I'm glad that he lived long after WWII. 

Nov 11, 2020 10:35 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Now that is an American Hero! 

Happy Wednesday evening James Dray 

Nov 11, 2020 06:41 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

He was an amazing hero, and well deserving of the recognition he received.

Jeff

Nov 11, 2020 08:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James what an appropriate historical trivia on Veteran's Day, loved it, Endre

Nov 11, 2020 11:42 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Silvestre Santana Herrera displayed a level of bravery that is very rare. He paid a high price for his medal. He undoubtedly save lives of his fellow soldiers.

Feb 25, 2021 06:05 AM

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