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Cuban-American Private First Class Manuel Manrique, WW2 Hero Who Fought on D Day

Manuel Manrique (1920-2018)

Manuel Manrique, a beloved father, grandfather, and decorated World War II veteran, lived a full and vibrant life spanning nearly a century. Born on February 27, 1920, in Manzanilla, Cuba, he later became a proud American citizen, serving his adopted country with honor and distinction in the U.S. Army.

Military Service

Manuel served as a Private First Class (PFC) in the 237th Engineer Combat Battalion from 1942 to 1945. His bravery and dedication were evident in his participation in pivotal battles like Normandy and the Bulge. For his exceptional service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Bronze Arrowhead.

Family Life

Manuel married Maria del Carmen Fernandez in 1949, and they shared a loving partnership until her passing in 2016.  Known for his warm humor and deep affection for his family, Manuel leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter. He is survived by his daughters and their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild expected in July 2018.


Manuel's life story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, the power of family, and the importance of service to one's country. His memory will continue to inspire and bring joy to those who knew him.


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