Jose Mendoza Lopez was born on July 10, 1910 in Mission TX. Other information says he was born in Santiago Mexico. Later in 1935, Lopez purchased a false birth certificate to get into the United States Merchant Marines. Later he moved to Brownsville TX. In his teens Lopez got on a freight train and ended up in Atlanta, Georgia.
From 1935 to 1941 Lopez was in employment with the US. Merchant Marines. After a period of being in employment Lopez was on a ship heading back to the United States he was notified about the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7, 1941. During arriving in California, police wanted to arrest Lopez, but he convinced them that he was Mexican and NOT Japanese. In 1942 Lopez returned to Brownsville and married his girlfriend Emilia Herrera. Together they had four daughters and a stepson due to his wife's previous marriage.
Later he enlisted in United States Army and spent a long time in Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio before going to Camp Roberts for basic training. Lopez was involved in combat with France and Belgium during late 1943 and early 1944. For his participation he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
World War III
On December 17, 1944 Sergeant Lopez decided to help fight in World War ||. Lopez witnessed Germans launch their defense. Lopez fought and carried a heavy machine gun during the War. While trying to escape from a tank he got stuck and couldn't run so the power flew him backwards and injured him. after fighting in War for seven hours straight Lopez had to stop fighting. During War Lopez killed more than 100 enemy soldiers.
Medal of Honor
In a ceremony in Nuremberg, Genaral James A. Fleet presented Jose Lopez with the Medal of Honor for his courage and bravery. Jose Lopez helped a lot in the war by killing more than 100 soldiers.