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''<center>Born:''December 20, 1942, Salinas, Puerto Rico.</center>
 
''<center>Born:''December 20, 1942, Salinas, Puerto Rico.</center>
 
''<center>Citation:</center>''
 
''<center>Citation:</center>''
:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Realizing that there was no time to throw the grenade out of his position, he retrieved the grenade, tucked it in to his stomach and, turning away from his comrades, absorbed the full impact of the blast. Sp4 Santiago-Colón distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a gunner in the [[mortar (weapon)|mortar]] platoon of Company B. While serving as a perimeter sentry, Sp4 Santiago-Colón heard distinct movement in the heavily wooded area to his front and flanks. He alerted his fellow sentries in the area to move to their foxholes and remain alert for any enemy probing forces. From the wooded area around his position heavy enemy [[automatic weapon]]s and [[small arms]] fire suddenly broke out, but extreme darkness rendered difficult the precise location and identification of the hostile force. Only the [[muzzle flash]]es from enemy weapons indicated their position. Sp4 Santiago-Colón and the other members of his position immediately began to repel the attackers, utilizing hand grenades, [[Anti-personnel mine|antipersonnel mines]] and small-arms fire. Due to the heavy volume of enemy fire and exploding grenades around them, a [[Vietnam People's Army|North Vietnamese soldier]] was able to crawl, undetected, to their position. Suddenly, the enemy soldier lobbed a hand grenade into Sp4 Santiago-Colón's foxhole. Realizing that there was no time to throw the grenade out of his position, Sp4 Santiago-Colón retrieved the grenade, tucked it in to his stomach and, turning away from his comrades, absorbed the full impact of the blast. Heroic self-sacrifice saved the lives of those who occupied the foxhole with him, and provided them with the inspiration to continue fighting until they had forced the enemy to retreat from the perimeter. By his gallantry at the cost of his life and in the highest traditions of the military service, Sp4 Santiago-Colón has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.<ref>{{Cite web |accessdate=October 5, 2010 |url=http://www.neta.com/~1stbooks/m-zd.htm |title=Medal of Honor citation}}</ref>
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:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Realizing that there was no time to throw the grenade out of his position, he retrieved the grenade, tucked it in to his stomach and, turning away from his comrades, absorbed the full impact of the blast. Sp4 Santiago-Colón distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a gunner in the [[mortar (weapon)|mortar]] platoon of Company B. While serving as a perimeter [[wikt:sentry|sentry]], Sp4 Santiago-Colón heard distinct movement in the heavily wooded area to his front and flanks. He alerted his fellow sentries in the area to move to their foxholes and remain alert for any enemy probing forces. From the wooded area around his position heavy enemy [[automatic weapon]]s and [[small arms]] fire suddenly broke out, but extreme darkness rendered difficult the precise location and identification of the hostile force. Only the [[muzzle flash]]es from enemy weapons indicated their position. Sp4 Santiago-Colón and the other members of his position immediately began to repel the attackers, utilizing hand grenades, [[Anti-personnel mine|antipersonnel mines]] and small-arms fire. Due to the heavy volume of enemy fire and exploding grenades around them, a [[Vietnam People's Army|North Vietnamese soldier]] was able to crawl, undetected, to their position. Suddenly, the enemy soldier lobbed a hand grenade into Sp4 Santiago-Colón's foxhole. Realizing that there was no time to throw the grenade out of his position, Sp4 Santiago-Colón retrieved the grenade, tucked it in to his stomach and, turning away from his comrades, absorbed the full impact of the blast. Heroic self-sacrifice saved the lives of those who occupied the foxhole with him, and provided them with the inspiration to continue fighting until they had forced the enemy to retreat from the perimeter. By his gallantry at the cost of his life and in the highest traditions of the military service, Sp4 Santiago-Colón has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.<ref>{{Cite web |accessdate=October 5, 2010 |url=http://www.neta.com/~1stbooks/m-zd.htm |title=Medal of Honor citation}}</ref>
   
 
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==In memory==

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