By: Campbell, Zaffirini S.C.R. No. 44
  WHEREAS, The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor was established
  to recognize gallant and intrepid service by a member of the state
  or federal military forces, and Cleto L. Rodriguez proved himself a
  deserving recipient of this prestigious award; and
         WHEREAS, Born in San Marcos on April 26, 1923, Cleto
  Rodriguez lost both his parents when he was nine, and he moved to
  San Antonio to live with relatives; he joined the United States Army
  in 1944, becoming a private in Company B of the 148th Infantry; and
         WHEREAS, On February 9, 1945, during the battle for Manila in
  the Philippines, Private Rodriguez and his unit were advancing on
  the heavily defended Paco Railroad Station when they were pinned
  down by intense enemy fire; at that point, Private Rodriguez and
  Private First Class John Reese took the initiative to charge the
  enemy position; the two men reached a house 60 yards from the
  Japanese emplacements, and from that location, under the gaze of
  enemy gunners, they killed 35 combatants; and
         WHEREAS, On moving closer to their objective, the pair
  spotted Japanese reinforcements moving toward the station;
  Privates Rodriguez and Reese killed more than 40 of the group, which
  discouraged further attempts to reinforce the Japanese defenses;
  Private Reese then provided covering fire as Private Rodriguez ran
  forward and lobbed five grenades into the station doorway,
  destroying a 20mm gun and a heavy machine gun and eliminating their
  crews; as the pair withdrew to their own lines, Private Reese was
  mortally wounded; and
         WHEREAS, The bold actions of Privates Rodriguez and Reese
  threw Japanese defenses at the station into disarray and made
  possible the subsequent seizure of the stronghold; two days later,
  Private Rodriguez again enabled his comrades to move forward when
  he singlehandedly killed six more enemy soldiers and took out
  another 20mm gun; for having materially aided the advance of United
  States troops in Manila, he was awarded the Medal of Honor; and
         WHEREAS, Upon his return to San Antonio, Cleto Rodriguez was
  presented with the key to the city; he worked as a representative
  for the Veterans Administration and then served in the United
  States Air Force from 1952 to 1954 and in the army from 1955 to 1970,
  rising to the rank of master sergeant before his retirement; over
  the years, he also served his community as a member of the League of
  United Latin American Citizens; his boyhood elementary school was
  renamed in his honor in 1975; and
         WHEREAS, Married to Flora Muniz in November 1945, Cleto
  Rodriguez became the proud father of four children; he passed away
  on December 7, 1990, and was buried at Fort Sam Houston National
  Cemetery; the following year, a section of United States Route 90 in
  San Antonio was named after him; the city has two murals featuring
  his likeness, at the Cassiano Homes housing project and at the San
  Antonio Central Library; and
         WHEREAS, Cleto Rodriguez repeatedly risked his life to
  complete his mission and save the lives of his fellow soldiers, and
  for his remarkable heroism, he is most assuredly deserving of this
  state's supreme military award; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby direct the governor of the State of Texas to posthumously
  award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Cleto L. Rodriguez in
  recognition of his valiant service during World War II.