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|Commissioned as a Destroyer Escort, the USS GARCIA was
the lead ship of the GARCIA - class. Redesignated as FF 1040
on June 30, 1975, the GARCIA was decommissioned on
January 31, 1989.
PFC. Fernando Luis Garcia
Fernando Luis Garcia was born on October 14, 1929 in Utuado,
Puerto Rico. He was Private First Class, in the U.S. Marine
Corps, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine
Division, stationed in Korea on September 5th, 1952.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life
above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a member of
Company I, in action against enemy aggressor forces, Garcia was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
During the defense of a combat outpost more than one mile
forward of the main line of resistance in Korea on September 5th,
1952 during a savage night attack by a fanatical enemy force
employing grenades, mortars, and artillery, Pfc. Garcia, although
suffering painful wounds, moved through the intense hail of
hostile fire to a supply point to secure more hand grenades.
Quick to act when a hostile grenade landed nearby, endangering
the life of another marine, as well as his own, he unhesitatingly
chose to sacrifice himself and immediately threw his body upon
the deadly missile, receiving the full impact of the explosion.
His great personal valor and cool decision in the face of almost
certain death sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S.
Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Awarded: August 25, 1966
Keel laid: June 30, 1972
Launched: March 24, 1973
Commissioned: July 27, 1974
Decommissioned: December 16, 1991
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.
Propulsion system: 2 - 1200 psi boilers; 1 geared turbine,
I shaft; 35,000 shaft horsepower
Length: 438 feet (133.5 meters)
Beam: 47 feet (14.4 meters)
Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)
Displacement: approx. 4,200 tons full load
Speed: 27 knots
Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC and
Harpoon missiles, one Mk-42 5-incW54 caliber gun,
Mk-46 torpedoes from single tube launchers, one 20mm
Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS 1) helicopter
Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted