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SCR-72 David M. Gonzales Medal of Honor World War II Memorial Interchange.(2013-2014)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 72
CHAPTER 148

Relative to the David M. Gonzales Medal of Honor World War II Memorial Interchange.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 05, 2014. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SCR 72, Padilla. David M. Gonzales Medal of Honor World War II Memorial Interchange.
This measure would designate the interchange of State Highway Route 5 and State Highway Route 118 in the City of Los Angeles as the David M. Gonzales Medal of Honor World War II Memorial Interchange.
The measure would request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.
Fiscal Committee: YES  

WHEREAS, David M. Gonzales, Private First Class (PFC), United States Army, was born on June 9, 1923, in East Los Angeles and raised in Pacoima, California; and
WHEREAS, David M. Gonzales joined the Army during World War II on March 31, 1944, at Fort MacArthur, and was deployed to the Philippines as an infantry replacement in December 1944; and
WHEREAS, PFC Gonzales’ heroic service on the Villa Verde Trail in Luzon, Philippines, on April 25, 1945, earned him, posthumously, the Congressional Medal of Honor; and
WHEREAS, On April 25, 1945, PFC Gonzales and his unit, Company A, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, were pinned down by enemy fire when a 500-pound bomb exploded in the company’s perimeter, burying five men of Company A; and
WHEREAS, Without hesitation, PFC Gonzales seized an entrenching tool, and, under a hail of fire, crawled 15 yards to his entombed comrades, while his commanding officer, who also rushed forward to help, was struck and instantly killed by machine gun fire; and
WHEREAS, Undismayed, PFC Gonzales set to work swiftly with the entrenching tool, and continued to dig out the five trapped men, while enemy sniper fire and machine gun bullets struck him; and
WHEREAS, After PFC Gonzales had successfully freed one of the men, he stood up to be able to dig faster, despite the fact that such a position exposed him to greater danger, and while he successfully freed another man, PFC Gonzales was mortally wounded by enemy fire as he finished liberating the third trapped man; and
WHEREAS, In the words of President Harry Truman, “Private Gonzales’ valiant and intrepid conduct exemplified the highest tradition of the military service”; and
WHEREAS, The other two buried soldiers were later saved when the intense enemy fire subsided; and
WHEREAS, PFC Gonzales was killed on April 25, 1945, while serving our country and saving the lives of his comrades on the field of battle during World War II; and
WHEREAS, PFC Gonzales was survived by his then 25-year-old widow, Mrs. Steffanie Gonzales, his one-year-old son, David Gonzales, Jr., and his mother, Mrs. Rita Gonzales Duarte; and
WHEREAS, It is appropriate to memorialize the sacrifice made by PFC Gonzales and to honor his valiant and intrepid service to the people of the United States by designating the interchange of State Highway Route 5 and State Highway Route 118 in the City of Los Angeles as the David M. Gonzales Medal of Honor World War II Memorial Interchange; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the interchange of State Highway Route 5 and State Highway Route 118 in the City of Los Angeles is hereby designated as the David M. Gonzales Medal of Honor World War II Memorial Interchange; and be it further
Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested to determine the cost of appropriate signs, consistent with the signing requirements for the state highway system, showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources sufficient to cover that cost, to erect those signs; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author for appropriate distribution.