Hispanic Heritage Month
Fact: Sergeant First Class Modesto Cartagena is the most decorated Hispanic soldier of the Korean War. On April 19, 1951, Cartagena, "...with no regard for his own safety," as the official record states, left his position and charged directly into devastating enemy fire, single-handedly destroying two enemy emplacements on Hill 206 near Yonch'on, North Korea. After taking out the emplacements, he was knocked to the ground twice by exploding enemy grenades. Nevertheless, he got up and attacked three more times before being wounded. Cartagena received the Distinguished Service Crossthe highest award for valor after the Medal of Honorfor his actions.