2014-12-04 / Obituaries

Manuel Perry Silva, Jr.

Manuel “Manny” Silva, Jr. was born on May 10, 1924 in Watts and passed away on Nov. 21, 2014 in Mariposa after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Edith R. Silva.

Manuel P. Silva Jr. served in the United States Army during World War II as a squad leader in the battle at Luzon, Philippines. He is the recipient of a Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts with oak leaf cluster, a Good Conduct Medal, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with arrowhead and Distinguished Unit Badge.

He told Edith that he always recited the “Memorare,” a Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary, before every battle. Although he was injured twice during his battles, he survived. According to his wife, Edith, he did not claim any disability from the Army because he said, “I did it for my country.”

He was honorably discharged from the 169th Infantry Regiment in October of 1945.

After the Army, Manuel was a commercial tuna fisherman based out of California for several years. He and Edith met while he was on a layover in Panama with the fishing fleet and was introduced to her by her brother. They married in February, 1956, and moved to Van Nuys, Calif., where he owned and operated a trucking company, Silva Trucking.

In 1970, he and Edith moved to Mariposa, where they built their own house on some acreage, where Edith still resides. Manuel was a Mariposa Unified County School District bus driver for several years and received an award from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors upon his retirement.

Edith says of Manuel that he had a gentle giant type personality and truly loved nature and all of its creatures. He taught his beloved wife to love nature and animals as he did. He loved being outdoors, working on their ranch and tried to enjoy every day to the fullest. He always had a smile on his face. His kind, gentle manner was rooted in his deep faith and belief in God.

He was a member of the Mariposa VFW and American Legion.

Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Manuel P. Silva, to the Mgsr. Walsh Scholarship Fund at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mariposa (a charity for financial assistance to the Mariposa County High School graduates) or to a charity of your choice.

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