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In Memory of

Joaquin Sanchez

April 20, 1922 - September 10, 2017

Obituary


Joaquin "Jack" Sanchez,
95, of Indianapolis, passed away September 10, 2017. He was a resident of
Indianapolis for 60 years.
A WWII veteran, he served in the U.S. Army's 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), known as
Merrill's Marauders, which would later be consolidated into the 475th Infantry as a component of the
Mars Task Force. This unit was trained in specialized jungle warfare and tasked to penetrate deep
behind enemy lines in Japanese controlled territory of the Burmese jungle.
He then answered the call to duty again enlisting in...

Joaquin "Jack" Sanchez,
95, of Indianapolis, passed away September 10, 2017. He was a resident of
Indianapolis for 60 years.
A WWII veteran, he served in the U.S. Army's 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), known as
Merrill's Marauders, which would later be consolidated into the 475th Infantry as a component of the
Mars Task Force. This unit was trained in specialized jungle warfare and tasked to penetrate deep
behind enemy lines in Japanese controlled territory of the Burmese jungle.
He then answered the call to duty again enlisting in the U.S. Air Force during the
Korean conflict. Jack received 2 bronze stars, a silver star, the Distinguished Unit Citation (redesignated
as the Presidential Unit Citation in 1966) and the Purple Heart for wounds received during heavy
combat during his military service. He was a Patriot. He was proud to be an American; proud to have
served his Country; most proud to be a Soldier.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Otila Sanchez, 4 brothers and a sister. He is survived by
his children: Eva Birtchman, Ann (Rey) Wilson-Thompson, Rita Fortner, Sam Sanchez, Linda Sanchez
Storm, Eileen Stanerson, Patricia Sanchez, 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a great-great
grandson.
Visitation will be Friday, September 15, from 4:00 -8:00pm at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary.
Funeral services will be Saturday, September 16, at 11am at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Vincent de Paul Society or the
Indy Honor Flight. Condolences may be offered at www.feeneyhornakshadeland.com.