The United States Army Medal of Honor.  The Air Force and the Navy each have a different design for the Medal.   Digital scan by MABA.Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez, Medal of Honor Recipient, in class A green uniform with his Medal of Honor.


Master Sergeant
Medal of Honor Recipient

Roy Benavidez was awarded the Medal of Honor for his incredible acts of valor on the battlefield during the Vietnam War on May 2, 1968 in Cambodia.  Reading his Medal of Honor citation will help you understand why Valor Remembered Foundation has chosen to honor Roy Benavidez with a sculptural memorial. MOH Citation.
In November of 2002 Valor Remembered Foundation teamed with Mark Austin Byrd, Sculptor for the development of the Roy P. Benavidez Memorial Sculpture Project.  The sculptor's studio has worked towards creating the memorial since he first proposed the project in the summer of 2000. 

With the ongoing support of the Benavidez family as well as that of many friends and comrades of the late Roy Benavidez, the sculptor and Valor Remembered Foundation plan to create a nationally significant memorial commemorating not only Roy Benavidez but also his brothers in arms in the action on May 2, 1968.

Several cast bronze sculptures have already been completed by the sculptor as studies for the memorial.  These may be viewed  in the Art Gallery and in the photo gallery titled Casting Benavidez

The  sculptors have proposed  to create a monumental, larger then life size bronze sculpture depicting Roy Benavidez and possibly other individuals who were involved in defining moments of his life. 

Commemorative plaques, bas relief sculptures, and other elements of the monument will be designed to memorialize and honor Roy Benavidez and the men who served with him during the action for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. 

The size and form of the sculpture and the various other elements of the memorial will be determined after a specific site have been selected.

Roy Benavidez telling school children his story - his final mission in life.  Photo courtesy Daniel Castillo.LIVING MEMORIAL   The Roy P. Benavidez Memorial will be a “living memorial” incorporating a monumental sculpture with features designed to teach present and future generations of Americans about Roy’s battles and about his message to the youth of America. Final Mission  Remember Me

The memorial will include an interactive website, accessible at the memorial sculpture site and over the Internet.   This virtual memorial and museum will collect additional historical information about the event and the individuals who participated in it.  

Through these devices the memorial will truly become a “living memorial” that will continue Roy Benavidez’s last mission in life – to teach American youth the principles of:

........duty, honor and country.

MEMORIAL SITE   The Roy P. Benavidez Memorial will be placed on a highly visible location that is accessible to the public where millions of Americans will experience it over the coming decades.

The selection of the memorial site depends on many factors, one of the most important of which is the level of support for the project that is found in the potential host community. 

San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Dallas all have great potential to be the home of the Roy Benavidez Memorial.  Friends of Roy Benavidez in all of these communities are exploring ways to bring the Roy P. Benavidez Memorial  to their city.




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