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Full Name: Ruiz, Alberto
Service Rank: Private 1st Class (promoted to Specialist-4 in episode 40, "The Ties That Bind").
National Defence Service Medal awarded to all who serve in the active US Military ,for longer than 90 days during wartime.
Combat Infantry Badge- ** See further details on medals page
2 X  Bronze Star 
awarded once in episode 21, "The Hill", For rescuing comrades in Battling Baker Brothers
and once in episode 45, "Thanks for the Memories", with Oak Leaf Cluster, - (for the mission in "Cloud Nine") "for heroism in connection with ground operations against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam"

Purple Heart
Wounded : Shot , received a grazed head in the episode "Saigon" shot by the lady radio DJ.
And he sits on a nail in "Notes from The Underground" if that counts as wounded.
First Appearance: Episode 1, "Tour of Duty-Premiere Episode
Last Appearance: Episode 58, "Payback"
**notes: Ruiz gets a tattoo while on R&R in Hawaii in the episode "Soldiers" it says "Born To Kill"
His father split when " he was still sucking on a nipple"
When he was ten he found his cousin dead from heroin, the body had been lying there for 1 1/2 days.
He had an uncle called "the Chicken Man".
He hates rats , likes cars.
After returning from Vietnam. He gets a job working in a warehouse.

It was so hot all the time. Hundred and five, hundred and ten. Sweat so much guys were dropping from heat exhaustion. Bugs, mosquitoes, leeches. You didn’t even have to get in the water to get leeches. They just dropped off the trees on you.

The people, they sometimes acted like they liked us. Other times like they hated us. We could never tell which was real.
Booby-traps everywhere.... I could open the door to this pen and the whole place would blow up. Walk through the woods, the ground would open up.    Some guy in a hole would shoot you and, poof, disappear.    
Walk through a place, fire-fights with Charlie. We’d ambush them. They’d ambush us.   We’d clear ‘em out. And by the time we were on the chopper out of there, they were back. They always came right back.
It was like this game. Something that wasn’t real.
The officers—the officers would say “Go over there and do that      Come over here and do this”  And we would do it.
But it never made no difference.

That old guy Clayton,   he was right.          Just wasted our time.   I mean guys --- guys that you see back home bagging groceries or something,         they’d be over there and their guts would be hanging out all open. Or Their arms and legs would be blown off. God knows what .......For What?    
For Nothing.   
We used to say it, too.   Don’t mean nothing   Don’t mean nothing  ................Maybe that’s why we said it.
Because it really meant so much . It Meant so much.