By Cheryl Smith Kemp
Manuel Calderon’s crossed arms seemed to reflect his mood when asked if he was drafted into World War II.
“Of course,” replied Calderon, who served in the Army for four years.
Not happy about his afternoon routine at Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home in El Paso, Texas, having been interrupted, he was reserved and answered reluctantly. For example, when asked if he was surprised when drafted in October of 1941, he said, “Never thought about it.”
So he was surprised?
“No, not really.”