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Cpt. Paul Pena Park


  1. Basketball Court
  2. Pet Mitt Dispenser
  3. Picnic Tables
  4. Playground


  • 2.9 acres 

Rules & Guidelines

All park rules must be followed. 

Historical Facts:

CPT Paul Wenceslaus Pena was born on July 8, 1982, in San Antonio, TX. Paul was the only child of Cecilia C. Pena. He attended DeZavala, Bowie and Lamar schools and graduated from the San Marcos Baptist Academy, where he was a member of the JROTC. He was voted "most likely to succeed" by his classmates. Paul earned his Eagle Scout badge in 2000 from Troop 112, San Marcos. Upon graduation from the SMBA, Paul entered the United States Military Academy at West Point as a member of the class of 2004. Following graduation, he attended Infantry Officers Basic Course, Basic Airborne School, and Ranger School at Fort Benning, GA. Paul served at Fort Richardson, AK with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Parachute Regiment (Airborne). He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, during the time of his death.

CPT Pena's awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf clusters, the Valorous Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutists Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He had previously been awarded the Bronze Star for heroic or meritorious achievement during his previous deployments. He served a 14-month deployment to Iraq.

CPT Paul Pena died on January 19, 2010 in the Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit. 

"Pena was a quiet professional; he always had a smile on his face and was admired by his soldiers." He is dearly missed by his family, friends and his Army family.