~ In Loving Memory of PFC Peter Burgos ~
Peter Burgos was a loving husband and father of three girls. He enlisted in the US Army on October 15, 1964 and served two years being Honorably Discharged February 1966. He immediately reenlisted and was Honorably discharged in October 1970 after his last transfer to USAR (AR 635-200 SPN 201 ETS) where he served from March 1969 until October 1970. Peter fought in the Vietnam War and received many medals some of which were National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Seevice Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Sharp shooter M-14, amongst others. After returning from the Vietnam War he was subjected to the ridicule of the community and began to suffer from PTSD and depression. He then found out he had a daughter which was conceived from a relationship while he was stationed in Vietnam. He tried very hard to return and acknowledge his daughter, Kim Ka-li to no avail as he was reassigned to a different location and lost all communication with her mother a few years later. He then met Maria approximately in 1971, and had two more daughters but in 1980, Maria decided to separate from Peter and move back to New Jersey where they initially met. This was traumatic for Peter who was battling PTSD for years and went untreated because it was not highly diagnosed in the 80s. In June of 1980, he lost his life to suicide by hanging. He was 36 years old.
Loved ones left behind to cherish his memory, his daughters Kim Ka-li, Ka-li Jean and Denise; sisters Mary Esther, Elizabeth and Lydia; wife Maria (passed in 2016); his parents: Isabel and Jesus (now deceased).