Manuel B. Mercedes, 101, born in Cadiz, Spain in 1917, passed away April 9, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Eva for over 66 years. Manuael was preceded in death by his wife Eva and is survived by his son John Mercedes, daughter in law Tammi Mercedes, niece Maureen Fogg, niece Colleen Peace and husband Steve Peace. He came to the United States after serving in the Spanish navy and served honorably and nobly in the U.S. Army during World War II participating in the Invasion Of Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Berlin earning three bronze stars, combat medic badge and American citizenship. He was later knighted by France, awarded the Legion of Honor medal, the Jubilee of Liberty Medal and was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Manuel retired from the federal government and enjoyed his family and many friends, two poodles, watching soccer and boxing while sipping his favorite glass of sangria. Interment will take place at Florida National Cemetery, with the United States Army Honor Guard bestowing full military honors.
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