Hero of Vietnam fought battles his entire life

Roy Benavidez

A portion of SH 71 in Wharton County will be dedicated Saturday to a highly decorated Special Forces veteran at a ceremony in El Campo.

The portion of SH 71 between its intersection with the Colorado County line and Farm-to-Market Road 2765 will be dedicated as the Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez Memorial Highway.

Benavidez served in Vietnam in the Special Forces Group (Airborne) 1st Special Forces in 1968. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions of valor by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

The event will be hosted by the city of El Campo and will take place 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the El Campo Civic Center, 2350 N. Mechanic St. Members of the Green Berets are expected to be at the event. Guest speakers include Juan Sanchez Munoz, president of the University of Houston-Downtown, and state representative Phil Stephenson.

All are invited to attend.

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Martin Strarup

Roy was a good person and a good friend. But please make a correction as Roy was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group and the Studies and Observation Group.

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