SSG Gil R. Lopez (Ret.)

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Korea; served for 22 yrs. (Deceased 7/21/2010)

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SSG Gil R. Lopez (Ret.), 88, of Columbus, Georgia was born on November 1, 1921 in Santurce, Puerto Rico and died on July 21, 2010 after a brief illness.  Enlisting in the Army in 1944, Lopez was assigned to the 295th Regiment in the Panama Canal.  During the Korean War, he was transferred to the 65th Infantry where he fought from the Korean peninsula to the Yalu River.  Other tours included Germany and Ft. Benning, GA where Lopez retired in 1966 as a Staff Sergeant.  He then worked until his early 70’s as a welder at Centennial  Bodyworks. Gil was a very humble person, but also charming with a quick smile.  He was a true gentleman.  Lopez is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margarita, three daughters and 4 grandchildren.  He was interred at Fort Benning’s Main Post Cemetery.  Reported by his daughter, Maria.