Military Times NOW hosts the HomeOfHeroes  Awards & Citations Database


Stories of American Heroes - Brought to you from the "Home of Heroes" - Pueblo, Colorado

News From The Past

Albuquerque Tribune
October 12, 2002

Rocco's name will now ring 
in the old field where he romped

By Kate Nelson

Richard Rocco remembers playing little-boy baseball on a patch of barren dirt in the South Valley.

A lumber company provided uniforms and mitts - but only for the kids who were good enough to make the team.

"I was never good enough to make the team," he says.

But he became good enough at something far more important - important enough to have that park now bear his name.

During a ceremony today at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a committee of Vietnam veterans will announce the Richard Rocco Medal of Honor Park.

Rocco, who has terminal cancer in his lungs and spine, was planning to travel from his San Antonio, Texas, home to attend today's ceremony with his wife, Maria.

The park sits next to the Westside Community Center at 1250 Isleta Blvd. S.W. The committee has arranged to have a large stone monument engraved with a passage from Rocco's Medal of Honor citation.

Farmington artist Steven Meyers is creating a bust of Rocco to be placed in the old Armijo School that Rocco once attended.

Rocco is the only New Mexican to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam while living. It is the military's highest honor, one that requires even generals to salute those who wear it.

The committee hopes to raise about $12,000 to pay for the monument, the bust and a Richard Rocco scholarship. If all goes well, a ceremony dedicating the park will be held in November.

And if all goes even better, Rocco will still be beating the cancer and attend that ceremony as well. Not to honor himself, but to honor all veterans.

Lanny Tonning, a member of the park committee, noted that New Mexico unfailingly answers the nation's call.

"We're always beating ourselves up about being number 49 in everything," he said. "But we're in the top five for military service.

"We want kids who go to this park to understand that there is a history of people who've served their country. Richard Rocco's town needs to know about Richard Rocco."




2002, by Albuquerque Tribune News


Return To The

Archives Index


Home Page

Hall Of Heroes

MOH Community 


Kidz Page

  Profiles In Courage | Wings of ValorThe Brotherhood of Soldiers At War | Go For Broke
 Pearl Harbor  | A Splendid Little War | Shinmiyangyo-Korea 1871 | Quick Links to MOH Stories

Barney Barnum  |  Jack Lucas  |  Mitch Paige  |  Wesley Fox  |  Sammy Davis
Roger Donlon
Peter Lemon  |  Drew Dix  |  Mike Novosel

Medal Of Honor Calendar  |  Books By MOH RecipientsSteve Ryan MOH Posters

What Does 
A Hero Look Like?

Click on Superman To Find out


Looking for a Hero or trying to verify awards? We have posted the names of more than 120,000 recipients of the highest awards in a BRAND NEW FREE SECTION
DECORATIONS 1862 - Present

Military Medals & Awards 

Information and Images of ALL Military Medals
The Purple Heart 
How to Request Records/Medals Earned
  How to Obtain Military Records of a Family Member 

Honor Roll of America's Military Heroes

Brevet Medal


Navy Cross 

Air Force Cross 

Distinguished Service Medals

Defense - Army - Navy - Air Force - Coast Guard - Merchant Marine

Silver Star

U.S. History and Information
The History Room | U.S. Flag HistoryHistory of the Flag |
How to Display the Flag
| The National Anthem | The Pledge of Allegiance The American Creed | The Seal of our Nation | Our National Symbol
Arthur MacArthur's Flag | William Carney's Flag | FDR's Flag of Liberation]

American Presidents
U.S. Presidents | Inaugural Addresses

God & Country

MY HERO Web Page Creator 
(Create a Tribute to the Hero in Your Own Life)

bn_search.jpg (3967 bytes)



Quick Quiz

Electronic Post Cards
Talking Points 

Remembering 911
The Binch
Citizens Speak Out


This 5 Disc DVD Education Program has been distributed to over 17,500 Public & Private High Schools and is now available to the public! now has more than 25,000 pages of US History for you to view.