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Martinez Manuel Otero

Manuel Otero Martinez
Private First Class
Serial Number:
16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Date of Death:
New Yoprk (Spain)
Iglesia San Juan (Xoan) de Saabardes A Coruña, Provincia da La Coruña, Galicia, Spain Add to Map
Purple Heart

Killed on D-Day on Omaha Beach. Listed as Manuel Otero on the 1 ID Monument on Omaha Beach.
Soldier. Probably the first and only Spanish who perished on Normandy landings on D-Day. Born in Catasueiro (Outes, A Coruña), he fought in the Spanish Civil War. Later he moved to New York when he joined the Army few days before the Pearl Harbor attack. The was one of the 16,000 members of the "Big Red One" who landed on Omaha beach, where he was killed. He was posthomously awarded with the Purple Heart Medal. Originally buried at the American Cemetery in Colleville Sur Mer, his remains were repatriated to Spain upon family request in 1948. Company "A", 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division.
Source: Find a Grave
Otero Martínez, Manuel Born: Catasueiro, Outes (A Coruña) 1916 – “Omaha Beach”, Normandy 1944. Migrant and soldier of the US army.
Before the Spanish Civil War, he learned naval carpentry and worked aboard a ship. In the war he fought with the Republican side and was severely wounded at the Battle of Brunete. At the end of the war, he was in Barcelona. Thanks to an acquaintance, he was freed and returned to Catasueiro. However, due to the hardship of the postwar period, he decided to embark for the United States, where he entered illegally. He lived in New York and enlisted in the US Army on March 19, 1943. He served in the 16th Infantry Regiment No. 1 of the 1st Division, the “Big Red One”. He was a “Private First Class”. Otero Martínez died at “Omaha Beach” on June 6, 1944. He was the only Spaniard to take part in the Normandy Landings. He received the Purple Heart Medal, awarded to all soldiers wounded or killed in combat.

He was initially buried in the American cemetery in St Laurence (France) and his remains were later moved to the churchyard of San Xoán de Sabardes (O Freixo, Serra de Outes). In 2014, a plaque in his honor was inaugurated on Monte de San Pedro, A Coruña (Source: Antonio Osende Barallobre, Manuel Otero Martínez, un gallego en “Omaha Beach” (2016)). ,Br> Source: