For Immediate Release
March 1, 2018
Contact: Clarisell DeCardenas
Miami Lakes, FL – The Town of Miami Lakes and its Veterans Committee will memorialize veterans and Vice-Admiral Diego Hernandez at their Tree Dedication Ceremony.
• Date: Thursday, March 22nd
• Time: 5:30 PM
• Location: Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, located at 15151 Montrose Road/NW 82nd Avenue.
• Type of Event: Free Entry
Vice-Admiral Diego Hernandez was a long-time Miami Lakes resident and former Veterans Committee Chair. He commanded the Navy’s Third Fleet. After receiving a Navy ROTC scholarship, he earned a degree in psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1955. After graduation, he went into Navy flight training. Hernandez’s military career spanned from 1955 to 1991. He led 147 combat missions in Vietnam and, in 1966, led the first strike conducted against two surface-to-air missile sites in North Vietnam. He was shot down twice in the space of five months and earned the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. After a long hard battle with Parkinson disease, he passed last year at the age of 83.