General Augustine Gomez lived intensively, with determination, and motivation to be one of the best in serving and defending the country, he was for many Americans an authentic hero. He passed away peacefully at US Air Force David Grant Hospital in Fairfield, CA on January 08, 2019 at 5:49 AM in the arms of his beloved wife Joyce.
He was born on May 28, 1934 in New Mexico to John Gomez and Maria Gomez. He spent his childhood years in New Mexico prior to joining the Army. He received his Master Degree in Business Administration from the Golden University of San Francisco, CA.
Gral. Gomez proudly served his country as a member of the elite Special Forces receiving his Green Beret from President John F. Kennedy. He was a fighting soldier for those who cannot fight for themselves. The knowledge and training that he received at the specialized schools to be a Green Beret helped and prepared him for nearly any mission in life. He served faithfully and honorably in the United States Army for 49 years.
He was prepared at the Airborne School of Fort Benning, GA and Fort Bragg, NC to jump and parachute safety from airplanes. He was prepared in the Army Pathfinder School of Fort Benning and he was specialist in navigating his way through foreign terrain and establishing safe landing zones for army aircraft. He was prepared in the Aviation School of Fort Rucker, Alabama. and he becomes one of the most highly trained helicopter pilots in the world. He was prepared in the Ranger School of , Hunter Army Airfield GA, Fort Benning, GA and Fort Lewis in Washington. . He was prepared for insertion, evacuation and pathfinders missions using multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters.
He spent 5 year in Vietnam, 3 years in Korea, 2 years in Thailand, Cuba, Nicaragua, Colombia, Europe and Middle East. He Spoke 5 languages, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Italian.
During his military career, his awards and decorations included Purple Star, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in ground operations against hostile forces, Parachute Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal w/1 OLC, VN Parachute Badge, Arm Forces Reserve Medal, VN Gallantry Cross w/Palm and Meritorious Service, Medal Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal. He received the Silver Wings from Nicaragua Air Force a special Decoration and Wings awarded by Anastacio Somoza, Former President of Nicaragua. Also he received a Special Wings medal from the Thailand Armed Forces.
He was father to three children Rebecca, Vincent and Kristen and grandfather to four grandchildren, Rachael, Ryan, Meghan and Mollee from his first marriage.
He is survived by his sister Maria and two brothers Johnny and Efrain.
Gral. Gomez married in 1997 to his second wife Joyce M Leon, a Peruvian Doctor whose father owned La Voz Latina Newspaper in San Jose, CA.
He enjoyed travel, and all types of music, his favorite singers were Willy Nelson, George Strait and Frank Sinatra. He found enormous pleasure in running, swimming and walking in the beach.
One of his greatest joys in life was to help and support Peruvian children education. He touched many lives with his selfless generosity; he was very supportive to his wife’s nonprofit organization LEON FOUNDATION an American Foundation that supports children education in Peru through technology. Every year, he traveled to Peru for the past 22 years and he was completely dedicated to serve Peruvian children from low income schools with his wife Joyce. He always said that his reward was” the joy of the kids reflected in their faces every time he visited a school.” For Joyce he was the soul of her LEON FOUNDATION and she thinks that his name should stand with his father and since October 09, 2019 Leon Foundation will be called LEON-GOMEZ FOUNDATION in memory of Raul A. Leon her beloved father and Augustine Gomez her beloved husband.
Gral. Gomez served his country with the utmost of character, courage, integrity and honor. For him God was first in his life, followed by Country and family. His dearest friends were Wayn, Margaret, Bob, Rita, Bill, Father Andres Emmanuelli, Thor and Randi in USA, Father Julian, Father Carlos, Ursula, Segundo, Nora and Anamaria in Peru and Teo Quispe in Switzerland.
Services were held on Thursday January 24, 2019 from 4PM to 8PM for visitation at Bryan-Bracker Funeral Home 1850 West Texas St. Fairfield, CA 94533
Mass was held on Friday 25, 2019 at 11:00AM at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church 816 Santa Clara St. Vallejo, CA 94590 by his dearest friend Father Andres Emmanuelli.
Burial was held on Friday January 25, 2019 at 2:00PM at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery 5810 Midway Rd. Dixon, CA 95620