(see medal citation below) Nearly dead from a total of 37 separate bayonet, bullet and shrapnel wounds received on multiple occasions over the course of the six hour fight between the 13 men and an enemy battalion, Benavidez was evacuated once again to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he eventually recovered.
He married Hilaria Coy Benavidezin 1959, the year he completed his airborne training and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
In 1965 he was sent to South Vietnam as an advisor to an ARVN infantry regiment.
Master Sergeant Raul (Roy) Perez Benavidez (August 5, 1935 – November 29, 1998) was a member of the Studies and Observations Group of the United States Army.
He received the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat near Lộc Ninh, South Vietnam on May 2, 1968. Benavidez was born in Lindenau near Cuero, Texas in De Witt County.