Former Correctional Officer, war hero dies

Former Correctional Officer Eliseo Garcia, a highly decorated veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, died June 10 at the age of 82. He was born Feb. 13, 1931, in Albuquerque, N.M.

During his military service, Mr. Garcia received the Distinguished Service Cross, three Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, five Purple Hearts, and two Combat Infantry Badges. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1972 as a Command Sergeant Major. He served as grand marshal of the 1951 Armistice Day parade in Sacramento, and was presented a key to the city. In 1969 he received a letter from then-Gov. Ronald Reagan noting his commitment and courage during both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

In 1990, he became a Correctional Officer at Pelican State Bay State Prison, where he served until his retirement in 2004.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sacramento. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Fund, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fla., 32256.