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Corporal Humberto Sanchez was born on December 2, 1998 in Logansport, Indiana to Coral Briseño and Humberto Sanchez. He was the first of his family to be born in the United States, and the first to serve in the U.S. Military. Corporal Sanchez was an excellent athlete. He enjoyed playing football, running track, wrestling, and his favorite sport was soccer. His mother describes him as a cactus; hard and scary on the outside, but really soft on the inside. Corporal Sanchez was also a devoted student. Through middle school and high school, he excelled in several honors and advanced placement classes. In 2017, Corporal Sanchez graduated from Logansport High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from Marine Basic Training and the Marine School of Infantry, Corporal Sanchez was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton, California.
In February 2021 Corporal Sanchez began his third deployment. His battalion was assigned to the serve as the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) for Central Command. Near the end of the deployment, the SPMAGTF was tasked with flying to Kabul, Afghanistan to assist in the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy, U.S. citizens, special immigrant visa applicants, and Afghans that had worked with U.S. personnel in the fight against terrorism. On August 26, 2021, while conducting non-combatant evacuation operations from the Kabul International Airport, the SPMAGTF received intelligence of an impending bomb threat. Corporal Sanchez was killed in action as he was moving civilians to safety.
Corporal Sanchez’s awards include the Congressional Gold Medal, Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Corporal Sanchez’s service and sacrifice will be honored at this year’s Indiana Golf Tournament. For more details on the event, please visit our event website.