Staff Sargent Camilo De La Cueva, Jr., was raised in Gilroy and graduated from Gilroy High School in June of 1968.
Upon graduation he enlisted in the united States Marine Corp and completed boot camp in San Diego.
Camilo served two tours in Vietnam from August 1969 to September 1970 and from October 1970 to October 1971.
He was stationed all over Vietnam and received the following:
- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
- National Defense Service Medal.
- Vietnam Service Medal.
- Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.
- Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation.
- Presidents Unit Citation.
- Combat Action Ribbon.
- Rifle Expert Badge.
- 45 Pistol Expert Badge.
- Three Marine Corp Good Conduct Medals.
During his 12 years of service in the United States Marine Corps he was stationed in Camp Pendleton, Bremerton Washington, Okinawa, Hawaii, and Camp Lajune. He was honorably discharged in August 1979.
Camilo married Jenny, his childhood sweetheart, on February 22, 1969. Together, they raised two daughters and one son. His son Camilo Junior, followed in his father’s footsteps and also enlisted into the United States Marine Corps, serving for twenty-one years.
Camilo joined the Marine Corps Reserves for three years after he was honorably discharged. He also became a life time member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6309, a life time member of the Marine Corps League Post 1122, and a member of The American Legion Post 217.
Since Camilo retired he enjoys spending time with his three grandsons and one granddaughter as well as serving as the Captain of The Honor Guard and Color Guard for both Post 6309 and 217. It is his way of honoring those that served our country one last time.