Vicente Campos Nieto, Jr. was born April 24, 1920 in Harris County,
Texas and was killed in action on April 4, 1945 in Cebu,
Philippines. He was the son of Vicente Rosales Nieto, Sr. (April 5,
1889 Zacatecas, Mexico - December 17, 1932 Baytown, Harris County,
Texas) and Maria Gertrudis "Gertrude" Campos Nieto (May 20, 1901
Coahuila, Mexico - November 16, 1967 Baytown, Harris County, Texas).
Gertrude entered the United States at Eagle Pass, Texas on December
29, 1909 and records indicate Vicente Sr. entered c 1911. They
married c 1914. Vicente Sr. and Gertrude were living in Brookshire,
Waller County, Texas on June 5, 1917 at the time of Vicente
Sr. registered for the World War I draft. He was described as being
short in stature, medium build, brown hair and black eyes. He
indicated he had a wife and child. In January, 1920, the family was
living in Magnolia Park, Harris County, Texas and Vicente, Jr. was
born on April 24, 1920. By 1930, the family was living Baytown,
Harris County, Texas and Vicente Sr. was working at an oil refinery.
Vicente Sr. died in 1932 and Gertrude continued to live in Baytown
until her death in 1967.
Vicente Jr. was apparently a Merchant Marine
before joining the Army. He enlisted in the Army on May 1, 1943 and
was stationed at Camp Roberts, California at one point. He was in
182nd Infantry. On October 29, 1943, Pvt. Nieto shipped from San
Francisco on the
U. S. S. General George O. Squier AP-130. Private First Class Vicente C. Nieto, Jr., United
States Army, 182nd Infantry Regiment, American Division was killed
in action during the invasion of the Philippines by the United
States. He was first buried at the United States Armed Forces
Cemetery #1, Leyte, Philippine Islands. He was then returned to the
United States a year after his death for re-burial at
Hill of Rest Cemetery, Baytown,
Texas. When the body was returned to Baytown, bad weather
delayed the service, so his body was at his mother's house for a
week guarded by a member of the military.
Vicente’s hometown was erroneously listed by the War
Department as Bay City, and should have been listed as Baytown,
Texas. Even though he never lived in Matagorda County, we are proud
to honor him and his sacrifice on our war memorial.