Former war prisoner was killed in action
Uvalde native Santiago “Jimmy” Hernandez-Esparza was killed in action in Belgium on Dec. 23, 1944, just two months after he escaped captivity as a prisoner of war. On Thursday, nearly 74 years after his death, his sisters were presented with his Bronze Star Medal.
The medal is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement or meritorious service in a combat zone.
In addition to the Bronze Star, Hernandez-Esparza received the Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Fourragere award and Distinguished Unit Citation.
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