By Robert Inks
When Raul Cantú Villarreal came home to Brownsville, Texas, in 1949 after serving in World War II, he had adjustments to make.
For one thing, Villarreal lost his right leg after stepping on a land mine.
"I thanked God I made it back," he said. "Not in one piece, but I'm still ticking."
Born Nov. 16, 1919, Villarreal, had left South Texas only one other time. Before fighting in the war from 1936 to 1939, he lived in the Pacific Northwest as a part of a Civilian Conservation Corps labor crew.