Jose “Tito” Terrazas, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and a long-time resident of Tucumcari, died March 31 in Albuquerque, according to Terrazas’ son, Joseph Terrazas.
Terrazas was buried in a ceremony with full military honors Thursday at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. He was 66 years old, born Feb. 6, 1948, the younger Terrazas said.
Terrazas attained the rank of sergeant E-5 with the First Infantry of the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam from August 1967 to August 1968, and earned two Bronze Stars, at least one Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts serving in combat. He also received honors for marksmanship and good conduct, the younger Terrazas said.
Terrazas was a 1967 graduate of Tucumcari High School, where he lettered in three sports, and set school records in track events, according to Joseph Terrazas.
When he returned from Vietnam, he worked in construction from 1969 to 1977. He then qualified for a full disability pension from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
Terrazas is survived by his wife, Bonnie Terrazas, his son Joseph, a daughter, Andrea Terrazas, and a sister, Ruth Hauser, who lives in California.
Terrazas was a member of Tucumcari’s Delfinio Gonzales Post 2528 of the Veterans Foreign Wars.