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There are many things named after Freddy Gonzalez such as the USS Gonzalez, a street, a park, but the most important to us is Freddy Gonzalez Elementary School. Before Freddy died, he promised he would build his mom a house on Sugar Rd. When he died the Edinburg community made his dream come true by making this school on Sugar Rd.
Dolia Gonzalez is Freddy Gonzalez Elementary's Gold Star Mom. Dolia Gonzalez was born on August 18, 1929. She was the first child born to Luz and Ermine Gonzalez. She had five siblings. When she was a child, she helped her mom by babysitting her younger brothers and sisters. Dolia did not graduate. She was only able to attend school until seventh grade. Dolia worked as a waitress at the Echo Hotel. Dolia's only son, Freddy Gonzalez was killed during the Vietnam War. Freddy lost his life while protecting the men in his platoon. She has kept his memory alive to honor his sacrifice.
Click here on this picture to find out more about Sergeant Gonzalez's heroic deeds.
Twenty years after Freddy was killed, the Navy decided to name a destroyer in his honor.
Gonzalez, Dolia. "Gold Star Mom." Personal interview. 12 Jan. 2017.
Marroquin, Sol. Part of the Team (Story of an American Hero). Mission: Rio Grande Printers and Publishers, 1979.
Print.Flores, J. (n.d.). Sergeant Alfredo Gonzalez. Retrieved January 11, 2017, from http://www.historynet.com/sergeant-alfredo-freddy-gonzalez-marines-sacrifice-in-the-battle-of-hue.htm
Rasmussun, P. (2016, May 29). Honoring fallen son never gets old for Dolia Gonzalez. The Monitor. Retrieved December 14, 2016, from http://www.themonitor.com/life/honoring-fallen-son-never-gets-old-for-dolia-gonzalez/article_55b4d21e-2219-11e6-bdaa-ab2fc0d0272d.html
photos were scanned from Freddy Gonzalez Elementary's collection.