Biographies - Jesus Riojas

Name: Jesus M. Riojas
Hometown: Lockhart, Texas
Drafted: Yes
Year: May 9, 1944
Unit: 274th/E Co


Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Emblem, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ one Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany clasp, Honorable Service Lapel Button, Combat Infantryman Badge


Jesus Riojas was proud to have served in the U.S. Army and as part of the 70th Infantry Division. He began his training in IRTC/Camp Fannin, TX and then joined the 70th ID. My dad was seriously injured on March 7th, 1945 in Styring-Wendel, Germany. He convalesced in military hospitals in Europe and at Fort Sam Houston, TX. After being released he went to work at Kelly AFB, TX in special weapons, where he retired in 1977. Jesse, as he was known, was married to Mary for 48 years and had three children and four grandchildren together. He was a loving, dear old dad and grandfather who loved his family, God, and country. Dad passed away in August 2003 and was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors. He left us many wonderful memories, a military legacy, and his belief in God Almighty. We, his family, are grateful and blessed to have had him in our lives. We cherish him in our hearts forever.