Korean War Veteran Laid to Rest Near Namesake Vietnam Vet Cousin in Arizona

August 27, 2022

Vietnam veteran Felix Padilla was named for his cousin Felix, who he never met. U.S. Army Private Felix Martinez Yanez was killed in action in July of 1950, fighting in the Korean War. Private Yanez’s body was not immediately recovered. And when remains were claimed by the U.S. military, Private Yanez could not be identified. In July 2022, 72 years after his death, the remains of Private Felix Yanez were identified. This Arizona hero will be laid to rest in Tucson, near his younger cousin, Felix.