Ruben Javier Enriquez
State Department Official
Private, United States Marine Corps
Sergeant, United States Army
at El Paso, Texas, December 6, 1943, he served for two years in the United
States Marine Corps and then with the United States Army in Vietnam during
the war there. During his military service he was the recipient of the
Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
Following his military service, he served as a Police Officer in his hometown and in 1969 joined the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department as a Police Officer and, later, as a Detective. During his career, he also served as a Special Agent for the Community Services Administration, as a Senior Inspector with the United States Department of Commerce, as a Special Agent at the Government Printing Office. Finally, commencing in 1990, he was a Senior Inspector with the Inspector General's Office of the United States Deprtment of State. He was also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
He died on February 2, 1997 of lung cancer,
a disease which was apparently brought on by his contact with the chemical
Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. He was interred with full military
honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
Thanks to his daughter, Christina Enriquez, for providing
the information on her Father!
Updated: 18 November 2000 Updated: 5 March 2003 Updated: 29 May 2006