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Vicente Ojinaga

Vicente R. Ojinaga, age 95, died on September 30, 2013. Vicente was born on 1/22/1918 in Santa Rita, NM to Josefa and Jose Ojinaga. Vicente is survived by his wife Celia of 64 years who lovingly cared for him, daughter Teri (Mike), sons Richard (Susan), John (Anna), Corky (Renee) and Sam (Marcy), 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His sisters-in-law Elisa, Mary, Cory, Wally; his brothers-in-law Sonny, Ray and Guillermo. He was a graduate of Hurley High School and attended Western NM University in Silver City and was a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He retired from the state of New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department as Chief of Administrative Services. He served in the 200 Coast Artillery of the NM National Guard and was federalized by the U.S. Army for service in WW II. He served in the Asiatic Pacific theatre of operations and was a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March. As a member of a 3-inch anti-aircraft gun crew he assisted in loading, aiming, and firing of the gun to destroy enemy aircraft. He fought for four months using hand-to-hand combat tactics prior to his capture by the Japanese. He was captured by the Japanese Army on April 9, 1941. He was held prisoner for 3 ½ years, and then liberated by the US Army Forces on September 7, 1945. He received the American Defense Service Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Philippine Defense ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and POW Medal. He also received the Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Victory Ribbon and earned seven overseas Service Bars. He served as an income tax counselor for the elderly, past president of the Board for Guadalupe Credit Union, past board member of the State Employees Credit Union, minister of Eucharistic for the sick and elderly, past treasurer of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Council, past treasurer of Casa Solana Neighborhood Association, member of the Knights of Columbus, Toastmasters, Elks, DAV, VFW, American Legion, American Ex-Prisoners of War and the Survivors of Bataan and Corregidor. Vicente was preceded in death by his parents, Josefa and Jose Ojinaga. His sisters, Soledad Garcia, Lupe Costales and Delores Torres, his brothers Anselmo, Jose, Ramon and Mike; his sisters-in-law Maria, Josefina, Priscilla, Hortencia and Norma; his brothers-in-law Arturo, Israel, Manuel and Alfonso.Pall bearers are Eric Gonzales, Jonathan Gonzales, Matthew Ojinaga, Steven Ojinaga, Mike Gonzales, and Tudy Costales. Honorary pallbearers are Daniel Ojinaga and granddaughters. A very special thank you to his granddaughter Lynette who took care of him for over a year. Also, thank you to his caregiver Maria whom he loved. A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi on Monday, October 7, 2013 10 a.m. Burial will follow at 11:15 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to San Martin de San Isidro, 3552 Agua Fria St., Santa Fe, NM or a . Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 984-8600, Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com

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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-8600

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Oct. 4, 2013
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