US ARMY RETIRED VETERAN, VIETNAM
The family of Mr. Asuncion Candelario, a US Army (Ret) Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.
On November 8, 2019, Command Sergeant Major Asuncion Candelario, US Army Ret, surrounded by family and friends, answered the bugle call, received his wings, and peacefully ascended to heaven. Born in Salinas, Puerto Rico on August 15, 1926, to Don Pedro and Providencia Candelario, he was drafted into the US Army in September 1950 and proudly served the country he loved for over 30 years. In July 1951 he was assigned to the 65th Inf Reg, “Borinqueneers,” where he saw combat as an Infantryman. In June 1969, he was assigned to the Advisory Team 91 in Vietnam. After a long and distinguished military career with assignments in both CONUS and Europe, he retired as CSM 2d Battalion, Academy of Health Science, Ft Sam Houston, TX.
CSM Candelario has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, “Borinqueneers;” Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal with lst Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal, 9th award; National Defense Service Medal with lst Oak Leaf Cluster; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; and the Combat Infantry Badge.
After retirement he received his Associates (St. Philips), Bachelors, and Masters Degrees (UTSA).
Asuncion Candelario is survived by his wife, Rebecca; daughter, Laura M. Davis (Amanda) of Austin, TX; son, Donald E. Davis (Kimberly), and their 3 children; Avery Taylor, Joshua Patton, & Luke George Davis of Southlake, TX; Sister, Ana Candelario; Brothers, Juan & Ramiro Candelario; and numerous loving nieces & nephews. We would like to extend a special thank you to our nephew, Peter Candelario and his wife Denise for their kind, loving, compassionate, and devoted assistance through this difficult time.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived,” General George S. Patton Jr. (1885-1945) Thus, as the old British ballad proclaims, “Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away.”
The final prayer request by CSM Candelario was health for his family and peace for the world.
The Family will meet us at the Staging Area.
WEATHER: Hi 53 / Lo 43, 0% Chance of Rain, 48% Humidity
REQUESTOR: Rebecca Candelario, Wife
STAGING: 12:45 pm, Monday, December 16, 2019
Lowe’s Home Improvement
1470 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78209
BRIEFING: 1:00 pm
KSU: 1:15 pm (Semper Gumby)
INTERMENT: 2:45 pm – Shelter #5
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209
RC: Jim “Red” Hefner
FC: Alice “Cake Lady” Wagener