Samuel Echeveste never saw himself becoming a decorated war veteran serving the U.S. during a time when he was not accepted by his fellow Americans.
His grew up in Miami, Arizona, where he was born on Christmas Eve 1932 to Aristeo Echeveste and Ramona Padilla. He was one of the youngest among four sisters and three brothers.
Once he graduated from Phoenix Technical High School in June 1951, Echeveste immediately volunteered for the Army.
After basic training, he continued training at Army Field Forces Leaders Course and then was assigned to Korea’s front lines.