Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
General Reynaldo Sanchez was born on February 13, 1933, in El Paso,
Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in
1957 from Texas Western College in El Paso and a Master of Science
degree in Civil Engineering in 1973 from the University of Texas at El
Paso. General Sanchez's military career began in 1953 as a member of the
136th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 36th Infantry Division. He was
commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, on June 2, 1957, and
served on active duty with the United States Army until December, 1972.
During those 15 years General Sanchez held a variety of command and
staff positions in the United States, Europe, Korea, Puerto Rico, and
Vietnam. Notably, he served as a Gunnery Instructor for the Officer
Basic and Advanced courses at the US Army Field Artillery School, Ft.
Sill, Oklahoma, and as Battalion S-3, Battalion Executive Officer, and
acting Battalion Commander for the 2nd Battalion, 9th Field Artillery,
4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. General Sanchez rejoined the Texas
Army National Guard in 1974 and commanded the 3d Battalion, 133rd Field
Artillery; the 49th Armored Division Artillery, and the National Guard
Academy. He was named deputy commander in 1988 and then commander in
1990 of 71st Troop Command, ultimately retiring in 1994.
General Sanchez's awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star,
the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the National
Defense Service Medal with star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Lone Star
Distinguished Service Medal, and the Texas Faithful Service Medal. His
military education includes the Field Artillery School, the Command and
General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
General Sanchez actively and frequently volunteers in multiple El Paso
civic organizations — particularly youth-oriented ones — and often
speaks at area high schools.
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