Lance Cpl. Candelario Patrick Bustos A Veteran Story with a Gold Star "Son"


January 26, 2023

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Above: C. Patrick Bustos portrait.

James Patrick Wilkinson, like many from a military family has become part of a Gold Star Family (Nephew). This is not an achievement, it is a membership due to the loss of a family member through war, or a time of conflict. Wilkinson would receive a Gold Star "Son" due to the loss of his uncle, Candelario Patrick "Pat" Bustos.

In the family of 12, there were 8 boys and 4 girls. To Wilkinson's knowledge, all 8 boys served in the military. At the time of Pat's death, there were 3 of his brothers that were also currently in the service. Frank Bustos was stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in...

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