Sanchez, Juan Juan Sanchez, age 82. Former Dallas resident Juan Sanchez, 82, died March 24, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas. A full military honors service will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at 2:30 PM. Juan Sanchez was born in Laredo, Texas on May 31, 1931, to Ignacio Sanchez and Teofila Sanchez. He attended high school and attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Juan enlisted in the army in early 1951 and after basic training was immediately sent to serve in Korea. While in Korea, Juan was a paratrooper in the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (ARCT) also known affectionately as the "Rakkasans." Juan served on the front lines as a scout in 1951. During his second tour of duty, in 1952, his regiment was sent to Geoje POW Camp to assist in the suppression of a prisoner rebellion where prisoners had forcibly seized and held the camp commandant. After four days the regiment was able to successfully win the release of the camp commandant. After the Korean War, Juan was sent to Japan where he was the driver for General William Westmoreland (Commander of 187th Regimental Combat Team). Juan was injured while serving as a paratrooper during his stint in Japan and was transferred to the First Calvary Division. Juan was honorably discharged in 1954 and returned to Corpus Christi to try his luck in business and to start a family. Juan married Rachel Sosa in 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas. With the US involvement in Vietnam escalating, Juan reenlisted in the Army in 1961. During his second stint in the Army, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam and served in various posts around the world. Also, during his second stint serving his country, Juan and his family traveled and lived in Germany, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Virginia. Juan was a highly decorated soldier and earned the Bronze Star and many other medals during his over 20 year career in the Army. Juan retired from the Army in 1981 and was recruited by Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He worked for corporate security for EDS and retired after serving the company for 15 years. His family wrote: "Juan's generosity, heroism and kind heart were an inspiration to his family. He lived his life with integrity, honor and bravery. Juan lived his life for his family and was a great provider and a great role model." Mr. Sanchez is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rachel Sanchez of Dallas, daughter and son-in-law, Esther and Ricardo Hinojosa of Richardson; his daughter and son-in-law, Martie and Lawrence McNamara of Dallas; his daughter Irma Lundsten of Dallas; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Tara Sanchez of Plano; grandchildren; Rachel Lundsten of Springfield, Illinois, Andrew Lundsten of Frisco, Texas, John William McNamara of Dallas, Kasidy Wheel of McKinney, Texas, and Karina and Tatiana Sanchez of Plano, Texas; his broth-er, Andres G. Sanchez of Calabasas, California; and sister, Elena Juarez of Anaheim, California.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 28, 2014