Born in 1910 in Mexico, Carmen migrated to the Chicago area in 1929, living on Washburn Avenue. Enlisting into the Army to serve in WWII, he stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day with the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. While participating in combat action along the Teveren-Geilenkirchen line in Germany, he was killed on 22 October 1944. He is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium
For his sacrifice, he was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. His other decorations and awards include the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, WWII Victory Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge.
His Purple Heart was found by detective Bill Kappel and Officer Brenda Valadez of the Chicago Police Department. After contacting Purple Hearts Reunited, it was determined that PFC Ramos has only distant relatives living. It was determined to best find a home of honor for his medal. The National Museum of Mexican Art, located at 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608 became their new home. The museum just happens to be less than a mile from where Carmen lived before leaving for WWII.
“Greater Love Hath No Man than This, To Lay Down His Life for His Friends”