Luján Honors Distinguished Vietnam War Veteran

TAOS ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, presented a local Vietnam War veteran with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin – a commendation of the nation’s lasting thanks to U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War.

At a ceremony Monday in Taos, Luján presented Louis Trujillo with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to thank and honor Trujillo for his service to the country.

“Louis Trujillo is a valued community member whose sacrifice to our country has earned him the Purple Heart award, the Bronze Star, and a Combat Infantry Badge. I was honored to thank him for his service and sacrifice with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin,” Luján said. “Louis has spent his life serving others, and I was glad to thank him for his honorable military service.”

Monday’s pinning ceremony was part of a national effort to honor Vietnam-era veteran military service members who were on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975. Commemorative partners have helped communities publicly and individually thank 2.3 million Vietnam Veterans and their families through more than 15,000 ceremonies.

More than 11,000 local, state and national organizations have partnered with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to honor the 6.4 million living Vietnam veterans.

Trujillo was born in Rio Costilla, New Mexico, Aug. 19, 1944. After enlisting, Trujillo served in the U.S. Army 9th Infinity Division.

In March 1968, Trujillo was wounded while traveling with his army personnel carrier when it was hit by a land mine. He was subsequently awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery and service, in addition to receiving the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge.  

After returning from service, Trujillo became an active member of the Rio Costilla and Taos community, helping fellow veterans as an advocate. Trujillo is a retired member of the Rio Costilla Cooperative Livestock. He has one daughter and one grandson.