b. 25/04/1924 Santa Monica, California. d. 09/06/1944 Amfreville, France.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/06/1944 Amfreville, France.
Gandara was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a March 18, 2014 ceremony in the White House. The award came through the Defense Authorization Act which called for a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veterans from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to ensure that no prejudice was shown to those deserving the Medal of Honor.
Gandara was bestowed the Medal of Honor to recognize his heroic actions on June 9, 1944, in Amfreville, France. His detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours. Gandara advanced voluntarily and alone toward the enemy position and destroyed three hostile machine-guns before he was fatally wounded.
BURIAL LOCATION: WOODLAWN CEMETERY, SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA.
Plot: Block 7, Lot 34, Space A