ATHLETICS CONTRIBUTOR AWARD
Vargas earned the NCAA Award for Excellence in Collegiate Sports in 1961. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970 for his actions while serving in the Republic of Vietnam. He was also a recipient of the Silver Star, the Purple Heart with four Gold Stars: the Combat Action Ribbon; the Meritorious Service Medal; and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Silver Star and Palm. He retired from the Marine Corps with a rank of Colonel in 1992. He was a member of the baseball team for four seasons. He was an All-Frontier Conference selection in 1961 and President of Letterman's Club and Chain Gang.