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Mt.Mestas
Memorial Monument
The names of 63 people from Huerfano County who
died during the World War II are engraved on the Monument.

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument has 63 names of Huerfano County war dead. Warren Farrar, Jr. Henry J. Vigil R.F. Dickinson Ralph Roybal Tom Dunich Joe Castello Henry Dunich Joe Medina Danial L. White Ralph Weir Jesus M. Vigil Eutimio Valdez, Jr. Matt Trujillo Joseph Trujillo Jose J. Ortivez John P. Tice George Smalley George Lucerne Andrew Dick, Jr. Frances McKenna Robert Choid Robert Hendrix John Archuleta Mike Buka Frank Struble, Jr. James Gonzales, Jr. William Zanon Rumaldo Trujillo Ralph Hendrix Jack Holderman John Mestas Pete Chavka John Christoff Francis B. Denton Monico J. Cortez George Bechaver Lucindo Archuleta Earl L. Williburn Melaguias Vigil Peter P. Verbich, Jr. John Naglich Felix B. Mestas, Jr. Pedro Maes Leonard Martinez Elbert L. Kitchen Austin Hubbard Bibian Gonzales Joe E. Griego Stephen J. Glinsky Gabe Duran Albert Quintana George F. Oswerk Walter L. Naney Gilbert G. Martinez Esequiel Jaramillo Armando Gomez, Jr. Robert Cordova Felix Barros Albert Bain James W. Babbitt Lee L. Archuleta Soterios L . Angeles Paul Andrews Bibian Gonzales

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument

A nearby mountain that had been Junior's backyard for all his life was renamed Mt.Mestas in his honor. The Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument was erected of Colorado rose granite from the mountain and engraved with 63 names of Huerfano County's World War II war dead. Every Memorial Day and Veterans Day since, people have gathered at the mountain monument to pay tribute to all of La Veta and Walsenburg's fallen war heros.
Our goal is to have each one of them represented here on this website so that we all can know who they were.

If your friend or family member is one of the persons named on the Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument you are invited to contribute a picture and a biography of their militay service.



Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Paul D. Andrews
Paul D. Andrews

Paul D. Andrews


Sergeant, U.S. Army
Service # 37354166
135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Died: May 15, 1945
Buried at: Plot G Row 2 Grave 15
Florence American Cemetery
Florence, Italy

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Soterios L . Angeles

Soterios L . Angeles

Soterios L . Angeles

 

Serial Number 37352673
Highest Rank PVT

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-John Archuleta
John Archuleta

John Archuleta

 

Serial Number 38006092
Highest Rank PVT

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Lee L. Archuleta
Lee L. Archuleta

Lee L. Archuleta

 

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Lucindo Archuleta
Lucindo Archuleta

Lucindo Archuleta


Private, U.S. Army
Service # 37706993
315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Died: October 21, 1944
Buried at: Plot B Row 22 Grave 27
Epinal American Cemetery
Epinal, France
Awards: Purple Heart
Killed in action

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-James W. Babbitt
James W. Babbitt

James W. Babbitt


Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # 38103256
1330th Army Air Force Base Unit
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Died: March 5, 1945
Buried at: Plot C Row 0 Grave 287
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Albert Bain
Albert Bain

Albert Bain


Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # 0-405723
Army Air Corps
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Died: January 24, 1943
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial
New York City, USA

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Felix Barros
Felix Barros

Felix Barros


Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
Service # 37350071
330th Engineer General Service Regiment
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Died: July 25, 1944
Buried at: Plot B Row 0 Grave 325
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-George Bechaver
George Bechaver

George Bechaver


2 Aug 1909 - 20 Sept. 1944
SSgt - Armd. Inf. Bn.,
5th Armd. Div.
Serial Number 38104263
Highest Rank S SG


 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Mike Buka
Mike Buka

Mike Buka

 

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Joe Castello
Joe Castello

Joe Castello


27 Jan1915 -13 Jan 1945
Pfc - Field Art.

 


Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Joe Castello
Pete Chavka

Pete Chavka

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Robert Choid
Robert Choid

Robert Choid

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-John Christoff
John Christoff

John Christoff

11 Jan 1922 -10 Dec 1940
Seaman - 2/c USNavy

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Robert Cordova
Robert Cordova

Robert Cordova

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Monico J. Cortez
Monico J. Cortez

Monico J. Cortez

 

 


Francis B. Denton

Francis B. Denton

13 Nov 1919 - 7 Jul 44
Sgt.
90th Infantry Division
357th Infantry Regimrnt - Co L
Fought in Normandy
KIA 7 Jul 44
Purple Heart

Click image to read bio.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Andrew Dick, Jr.
Andrew Dick, Jr.

Andrew Dick, Jr.

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-R.F. Dickinson
R.F. Dickinson

R.F. Dickinson

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Henry Dunich
Henry Dunich

Henry Dunich

28 Dec 1925 - 15 Jul 1945
Pfc.
383rd Inf.
96th Inf. Div

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Tom Dunich
Tom Dunich

Tom Dunich


2 Jun 1923 - 28 Jun 1944
Pfc.
106th Inf.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Gabe Duran
Gabe Duran

Gabe Duran


18 Mar 1913 - 26 Sep 1944
Pfc.
359th Inf. Div.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Warren Farrar, Jr.
Warren Farrar, Jr.

Warren Farrar, Jr.

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Stephen J. Glinsky
Stephen J. Glinsky

Stephen J. Glinsky


14 Jan 1914 - 26 Nov 1944
Pvt.
71st Inf. - 46th Inf. Div.

9 March 2005
Hello, Gary. My ex-husband's father was Stephen J. Glinsky. His name is carved on the memorial on Mt. Mestas. The picture I've included (if you can access it) is of Stephen's two grandsons: Stephen and Don Glinsky. I think we can come up with a picture of Stephen. Here's what I know about him: b: January 14, 1914, Pryor, Colorado; d. November 26, 1944, France. Burial: April 22, 1948, St Mary's, Walsenburg, Colorado Military service: Pfc, US 7th Army.

I'll be passing your web page URL on to my ex-husband, and my sons. I know this page will mean a lot to them.

Barbara Brunner
brunnerb@*****.edu
Location:
Louisville, CO

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Armando Gomez, Jr.
Armando Gomez, Jr.

Armando Gomez, Jr.

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Bibian Gonzales
Bibian Gonzales

Bibian Gonzales

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-James Gonzales, Jr.
James Gonzales, Jr.

James Gonzales, Jr.

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Joe E. Griego
Joe E. Griego

Joe E. Griego


28 Oct 1913 - 14 Sep 1943
Pfc.
179th Inf. - 45th Inf. Div.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Ralph Hendrix
Ralph Hendrix

Ralph Hendrix

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Robert Hendrix
Robert Hendrix

Robert Hendrix

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Jack Holderman
Jack Holderman

Jack Holderman

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Austin Hubbard
Austin Hubbard

Austin Hubbard


Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
Service # 38142086
185th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Died: February 11, 1945
Buried at: Plot N Row 10 Grave 79
Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Esequiel Jaramillo
Esequiel Jaramillo

Esequiel Jaramillo


20 Mar 1919 - 31 May 1945
SSgt
66th Inf. - 71st Inf. Div.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Elbert L. Kitchen
Elbert L. Kitchen

Elbert L. Kitchen

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-George Lucerne
George Lucerne

George Lucerne

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Pedro Maes
Pedro Maes

Pedro Maes


7 Apr 1913 - 10 Apr 1943
2nd Lt.
814th Engr. Am. Bn.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Gilbert G. Martinez
Gilbert G. Martinez

Gilbert G. Martinez

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Leonard Martinez
Leonard Martinez

Leonard Martinez


Private First Class, U.S. Army
Service # 38009172
105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Died: July 7, 1944
Buried at: Plot P Row 0 Grave 663
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Frances McKenna
Frances McKenna

Frances McKenna

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Joe Medina
Joe Medina

Joe Medina

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Felix B. Mestas, Jr.
Felix B. Mestas, Jr.

Felix B. Mestas, Jr.

Pfc. Felix B. Mestas, Jr. died a hero's death, on an Italian battle front, in one of the bloodiest battles of the World War II on September 29, 1944, just a month after his 23rd birthday.

His bravery that day was reported. For awhile his identity remained a mystery, lending him the title of "The Unknown Hero of Battle Mountain". Soon after, the complete story came out.

Click Here to read 'The Story of Cowboy Mestas'.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-John Mestas
John Mestas

John Mestas


Radioman, Third Class, U.S. Navy
Service # 6186364
United States Naval Reserve
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Died: January 27, 1945
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy
Awards: Purple Heart
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From: "school-home" <school-home@*****.net>
To: Hello@MtMestas.com
Subject: names on monument
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 20:44:42 -0700

My father's name is also on this monument. His name is John Mestas. He served in WWII in the CBI.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-John Naglich
John Naglich

John Naglich

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Walter L. Naney
Walter L. Naney

Walter L. Naney

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Jose J. Ortivez
Jose J. Ortivez

Jose J. Ortivez


STAFF SERGEANT, U.S. Army
Service # 38104321
357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Died: August 14, 1944
Buried at: Plot N Row 4 Grave 24
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-George F. Oswerk
George F. Oswerk

George F. Oswerk

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Albert Quintana
Albert Quintana

Albert Quintana

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Ralph Roybal
Ralph Roybal

Ralph Roybal

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-George Smalley
George Smalley

George Smalley

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Frank Struble, Jr.
Frank Struble, Jr.

Frank Struble, Jr.

 

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-John P. Tice
John P. Tice

John P. Tice

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Joseph Trujillo
Joseph Trujillo

Joseph Trujillo

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Matt Trujillo
Matt Trujillo

Matt Trujillo


6 Aug 1917 - 22 Sep 1943
Pvt.
180th Inf. - 45th Inf. Div.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Rumaldo Trujillo
Rumaldo Trujillo

Rumaldo Trujillo

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Eutimio Valdez, Jr.
Eutimio Valdez, Jr.

Eutimio Valdez, Jr.


11 May 1912 - 19 Dec 1944
Pfc.
12 Cav.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Peter P. Verbich, Jr.
Peter P. Verbich, Jr.

Peter P. Verbich, Jr.

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Henry J. Vigil
Henry J. Vigil

Henry J. Vigil

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Jesus M. Vigil
Jesus M. Vigil

Jesus M. Vigil

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Melaguias Vigil
Melaguias Vigil

Melaguias Vigil


15 Aug 1905 - 16 Apr 1943
Pfc.
62nd Field Arty. Bn.

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Ralph Weir
Ralph Weir

Ralph Weir


979th Field Artillary Bn.
KIA Holland 27 Sept 44
Purple Heart

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Danial L. White
Danial L. White

Danial L. White

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-Earl L. Williburn
Earl L. Williburn

Earl L. Williburn

 

 

Mt.Mestas Memorial Monument-William Zanon
William Zanon

William Zanon

 
 
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