Congressman Filemon Vela came to the courthouse to present Morón with the proclamation. Local veterans also presented Morón with a U.S. flag.
Commissioner and local veteran Eloy Rodriguez said,
“Mr. Morón, on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives and Congressman Vela, I am honored to present you with this flag... for which you so faithfully, so proudly, so bravely and so honorably served.”
Vela said that while the issues of Washington can be taxing, it is tributes like this that make his job worthwhile.
“We deal with issues of national interest every day, but a lot of things that go on in a congressional office are things that people ordinarily don’t get to see,” he said.
One of those is helping veterans.
“We hear stories like Mr. Morón’s all of the time,” Vela said. “On a given day, we may get calls from 10 to 25 vets who need help with everything from getting veterans benefits to getting medicine from the Veterans Health Administration.”
Of the hundreds of calls his offices receive, Morón’s story stood out.
“When I read about your story I was so inspired,” Vela said.
It was April 1, 1945, and Morón was a member of the 304th Infantry Regiment in the U.S. Army.
“While advancing upon the town of Stoinfischbach, Company L was fired upon by the enemy from a nearby woods,” according to information in Morón’s military file.
“Private Morón... continued to advance through the woods with his squad until they encountered heavy machine gun fire and were temporarily held up.
“Private Morón crept to a point from which he could fire upon the enemy gunners.
“He killed one member of the crew and forced the other two to surrender.”
This act of valor earned him the Bronze Star and the admiration of the congressman.
On Dec. 12, Vela had Morón’s actions entered into the Congressional Record.
“I rise today to honor Private First Class Concepcion G. Morón and his bravery during World War II,” Vela read from the record. “On behalf of those whose lives he saved, I rise to recognize the exemplary service of Concepcion G. Morón.”
Morón pointed out to Vela that he is still trying to receive the Silver Star he earned by deterring a German tank from approaching his company from the rear.
It was that same year when Morón heard the tank rumbling towards his location.
“It was snowing that morning,” he recalled.
The Royal Tiger tank operators had spotted Morón.
“They fired one round and hit the field over here,” he said. “They fired another round and hit the fence.”
The crew was trying to zero in on Morón.
Unbeknownst to the operators, all he had was a rifle and a few grenades.
The tank turned and went around, not wanting to lose the tank to a bazooka shot.
“Good thing they didn’t know what kind of weapon I had,” he said.
The veterans—about 40 joined Morón Monday—pledged to help him, along with Vela, get the award he deserved.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.