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Jan 19, 2011 7:24 PM by Greg Boyce

Park to be renamed after war hero

The Pueblo City Council has approved changing the name of Wildhorse Creek Park located, at 1320 W Graham Avenue, to Pete Jimenez Park.

The formal ceremony will happen on February 6, 2011 at 3 p.m.  Pete Jiminez was a WWII war hero who lived a half block from the park for almost 60 years.

Pete Jimenez served with the 29th Infantry Division during World War II and saw some of the most vicious combat in history.  For Heroism, Valor, Bravery, and Gallantry in battle, Pete Jimenez was awarded the French Croix de Guerre (War Cross - the French equivalent of the Medal of Honor), and later was awarded the French Legion of Honor (Knighthood and the highest award for service to France). The Croix de Guerre was ordered by French General Charles de Gaulle, and approved by Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Legion of Honor (also known as the "Knight's Cross" and the "Knight's Star") was awarded by French President Jacques Chirac.

U.S. Officers awarded Jimenez two Bronze Stars (one for Valor and Heroism in Battle, and the other for Merit); the Purple Heart, with four oak leaf clusters (for wounds suffered in battle on five separate occasions); the Good Conduct Medal; the European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Arrowhead (for the Amphibious Assault on Omaha Beach during the Normandy / D-Day Invasion); and four Bronze Battle Stars (for participation in each of the 29th Infantry Division's Campaigns - Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe); the World War II Victory Medal; and the "Ruptured Duck" Discharge Pin.

Both Pete and his wife, Carmelita died at their Westside home in 2006.

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