Cpl. Osbaldo R. Paredes
Cpl. Paredes was given the Navy Cross for action on Tarawa.
Back at Col. Jordan's CP nobody is happy. Things are still going badly. Col. Jordan is talking to Maj. Crowe: "Are there many snipers behind your front lines? Uh huh, we have a hell of alot, too."
"Where is my little runner? Where is Paredes?" asks Col. Jordan.
"He is dead, Col.. He was killed right over there," a Marine answers. Cpl. Osbaldo R. Paredes of Los Angeles was a brave Marine. All during the first day he had carried messages through intense fire, never hesitating to accept the most dangerous mission. "Oh hell!" says the misty eyed colonel. "What a fine boy! I'll certainly see that his family gets the Navy Cross." He stops suddenly. The Navy Cross seems quite inadequate now, only a few minutes after Paredes has been killed.
Source: Sherrod, p. 83-84.
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Created 30 May 2001