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Ruben Robert Ramos

 

World War II

By Laura Clark

At 5 o’clock on the morning on July 4, 1944, Ruben Ramos stood on the deck of the USS Denver and watched three squadrons of Navy Hellcat fighters take off from a nearby aircraft carrier to attack the airfields on the heavily...

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Jose Figueroa

Isidro Ramos

Isidro Ramos  

World War II

By Rachel Vallejo

As his unit hit the beaches of Guadalcanal, a small island in the South Pacific, 18-year-old Isidro Ramos witnessed for the first time the bloody price of war: dump trucks full of Marines’ bodies “stacked up like wood,”...

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Pedro Ramos Santana

Pedro Ramos Santana  

Korean Conflict

By Gabriela Chabolla

One of 14 children born to parents who worked on a sugar plantation in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Pedro Ramos Santana built his life around hard work and accountability.

His father worked in the field, while his...

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Humberto Garcia

Mary Patricia Rangel

Mary Patricia Rangel  

By Wes Hamilton

Mary Patricia Torrez Rangel knew there were places in Topeka, Kan., where Latinos were not allowed to go -- swimming pools, movie theaters, and restaurants. She simply refused to obey the restrictions.

“You know you...

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Valerie Martinez

Felipe A Rangel

Felipe Rangel (Photo by: Marc Hamel)  

By Joshua Carniewski

Felipe Rangel was in the Korean War, was wounded, and lived to tell the tale. His memory isn't the best, but it's not because of the battle wounds.

Rangel was born in 1931 in Topeka, Kansas, and his childhood was...

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Joseph Schuetz

Solomen M Rangel

Solomen Rangel in India 1943-44 at barracks.  

By Caroline Flores

He may only have had an eighth-grade education, but Solomen Rangel knew to stand up for his beliefs and how to get ahead. He not only enlisted and became a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, he...

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Rudy Padilla

Yajaira Rangel

Yajaira Rangel  

Voces of a Pandemic

By: Voces Staff

Yajaira Rangel, an elementary school teacher in Mesquite, Texas, has had to figure out how to teach her students online during the COVID-19 pandemic. She says the pandemic has impacted her financially, mentally and...

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Evelyn Ambriz

Alberto Rede

 

World War II

By Barrett Williams

Flying at full speed above Australia in a C-47 during WWII, radioman Alberto Rede heard bullets ripping through the plane, followed by a sputtering engine.

His mind raced: If power to the engines is lost, the...

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Robert Rivas

Reynaldo Benavides Rendon

Reynaldo Benavides Rendon  

By Erica Sparks

Unlike most World War II soldiers from the U.S., Reynaldo Benavides Rendon joined the military to get out of jail.

He wound up there in 1942 after an immigration officer outside of Corpus Christi, Texas, stepped onto a...

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Juan Marinez

James Rendon

James Rendon was interviewed by Voces on March 6, 2010 at the Laredo Community College library in Laredo, Texas.  

By Kristen Morado

James R. Rendon, born and raised in Laredo, Texas, gave up his last semester of high school and enlisted in the Marine Corps with no hesitation to serve his country in Vietnam.

Rendon, who enlisted on April 15,...

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David Muto

Rosana Resende

Rosana Resende  

Voces of a Pandemic

By: Voces Staff

Rosana Resende, a resident of Florida, is a post-secondary instructor transitioning into a job with the federal government in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is dealing with challenges as an instructor during a time...

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Jackie Pedota

Francisco Rodriguez Resendez

Francisco Resendez at his home in Austin, Texas in March.  

By Katherine Hearty

It was Frank Resendez's first night in New Guinea in November of 1943 and his company had carelessly left on the residential lights. A mistake that could have cost them their lives, as the rumbling and reverberating of...

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Katherine Hearty

Mary Colunga Carmona Resendez

Portrait of Mary and Francisco Resendez (husband).  

By Cliff Despres

Austin resident Mary Resendez remembers exactly where she was on Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor: where she usually was on Sunday -- at Mass.

"We heard [about the bombing] on a Sunday at church," said...

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Cliff Despres

Nubia Revilla

Nubia Revilla  

Voces of a Pandemic

Por: Equipo de Voces

Nubia Revilla es originaria de Nicaragua y educadora de escuela media. Durante su vida profesional trabajo como gerente de banco, pero decidió seguir su pasión y se convirtio en educadora. Nubia enseño clases en varios...

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Dominique Montiel

Frances Correa Reyes

 

World War II

By Danielle WIlson

Frances Reyes has understood the inherently difficult nature of life since childhood. Raised in the late 1920s, she and her family could only afford to buy beans and rice consistently at the neighborhood store. They...

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Jesus G. Reyes

Jesus G. Reyes  

By Cynthia Agnew

Jesus "Jesse" Reyes, an accomplished shoe repairman, painter and World War II veteran, describes his Army experience as a life-altering phenomenon that helped him become the man he is today. The will to fight for his life...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Ramon Reyes

Ramon Reyes, late 1953  

By Melissa Wood, Saint Bonaventure University

Ramon Reyes' life in the town of Wellington, Kansas, could almost be described as quiet and simple, except for the two years he served in the Korean War.

His father, Teofilo "Toby" Reyes,...

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Dale Nulik

Adolfo Vega Reyes

 

World War II

By Zachary Warmbrodt

Around March of 1921, Anita Vega Reyes and her three young boys were on the run. Her husband, Pedro Reyes, had owned a mine in their hometown of Cananea, Sonora, and he was getting too political, his youngest son Adolfo...

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Steven Rosales

John Reyes

John Reyes, Jr. was interviewed in Houston on April 9, 2011. (Photo By: Michelle Lojewski)  

Vietnam

By Julie Rene Tran

The deep scar on his right arm, a slash made by a Viet Cong fighter’s knife, became barely visible. His eyebrows grew back and missing flesh on his calves, vestiges of a mortar attack, filled in. The upper lip, the one...

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Julie Rene Tran

María Elisa Reyes Rodríguez

Maria Elisa Reyes Rodriguez - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Cheryl Smith

Seventy-seven-year-old María Elisa Reyes Rodriguez isn’t shy about opening her mouth when something's not right. As a Mexican American woman and former employee of the United States Civil Service, she has developed strong...

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Ryan Bauer

Jennifer Reyna

Jennifer Reyna  

Voces of a Pandemic

By: Voces Staff

Jennifer Reyna is a 30-year-old tech worker who lives in Portland, Oregon. She was born and raised in El Monte, California. She has lived in Portland since 2016 and works for a tech company called Squarespace. Before COVID...

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Vincent Peña

Estanislado Reyna

 

By Donetta Nagle

Estanislado "Stanley" Reyna braved enemy fire in the Philippines in a daring attempt to save the life of his sergeant in 1945.

"His arm had been blown off, and his left side was shot," Reyna said.

After...

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Nicole Cruz

Antonio Ramos Reyna

Antonio Reyna in France during the war, 1944.  

By Matthew Trana

When Tony Reyna arrived at Normandy Beach on June 9, 1944, three days after the D-Day launch, he couldn't believe his eyes.

"It was real rough," Reyna said. "...People cut in half. Some had no head, some had no...

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Matthew Trana

Tereso Reza

Tereso Reza - Voces Oral History Project  

Korean Conflict

By Michael John Loffredo, St. Bonaventure University

While many Navy sailors stepped foot on land to fight for the United States during the Korean War, Tereso Reza spent his years of service working aboard a ship. While not seeing action...

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Vicki Torres

Antonio Rico

Antonio Rico  

World War II

By Brandi Richey

If it wasn't for ice cream, Antonio Rico's experience in the Navy during World War II might have been even more tedious. Stationed in Guam in 1945, Rico remembers the long hours pulling guard duty on the island.

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Roque John Riojas

Roque John Riojas  

By Maxx Scholten

Gunning down loose poultry with his military-issued M1 rifle just to savor the sweet taste of fried chicken and collecting cowpie patties to burn to keep away the nip of mosquitoes -- these are some of the memories Roque...

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Valerie Martinez

Morris Riojas

 

By Frank Trejo

Morris Riojas lived through some of the most horrific and brutal fighting of the Pacific during World War II.

In campaigns from the Solomon Islands to the Philippines, he witnessed countless deaths, both Japanese and...

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Kelli Lambert

Joe M. Riojas

 

World War II

Joe Riojas was stationed in the Pacific during World War II with the Army Air Corps, but his letters home never told the dangers he faced.

Riojas was assigned to the 58th Fighter Group, 69th Fighter Squadron. Later, he was transferred to...

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Vinicio Sinta

Rolando L. Rios

Rolando Rios  

Vietnam, Political & Civic Engagement

By Jess Brown

It was the summer of 1952. Leo Rios, a cab driver, was shot dead by a passenger he had just picked up on the streets of San Antonio, Texas. His wife, Teresa Hernandez, was left with a broken heart to nurse and three daughters...

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Jessica Brown

Gregory Rios

Gregory Rios  

By Miguel Gutierrez, Jr.

The first time Gregory Rios cast a vote was in the 1960 presidential elections, when he supported John F. Kennedy. It made an impression on him -- especially because of the poll tax, which people in some states...

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Miguel Gutierrez

Reginald Rios

Reginald Rios (second row, first on left) and the 79th Infantry Division, 6th Section Cannon Company.  

World War II

By Chris Nay

Infantryman Reginald Rios watched helplessly in December of 1944 as two fellow Americans fell to enemy fire while U.S. Sherman tanks faced off against German Panzers in northern France.

His only thought: to survive....

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Christopher Nay

Francisco Armando Ríos Padilla

Francisco Armando Rios Padilla - Voces Oral History Project - Korean Conflict  

Korean Conflict

By Bryce Spadafora, St. Bonaventure University

During the Korean War, Francisco Ríos Padilla, a high school dropout, was determined to leave Denver, Colorado. One day, he walked past a Coast Guard recruiting station on 15th Street. He went...

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Joseph Padilla

Ramon Martín Rivas

Ramon Rivas poses for this picture in Oklahoma in 1945. Rivas served in Alaska and faced combat against Japanese aircraft in WWII.  

By Frank Trejo

 

A radio signal that happened to bounce all the way north to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands provided a lifeline for Ramon Martín Rivas during World War II. It was the early stage of the war and Rivas, a...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Henrietta Lopez Rivas

Henrietta Rivas holds her son Robert and poses with Nikie Garcia in 1947 in Charlotte, Texas. This photograph is part of the personal collection of Henrietta Rivas, one of many Latina participants serving the United States during WWII.  

By Sherri Fauver

For a generation that experienced both the Great Depression and the trials of World War II, hardship and sacrifice was a fact of life.

If you add to that, the experience of being a Latino and a woman at a time when...

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Veronica Flores

Manuel O. Rivas

Manuel O. Rivas  

By Unity Peterson

A self-described "little fighter" in grammar school, Manuel "Manny" Rivas often got himself and his twin brother, Sal, into trouble. Since the schoolteachers couldn't tell the boys apart, they were both punished with...

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Christopher Nay

Benjamin "Ben" S. Rivera

Ben Rivera - Voces Oral History Project  

Vietnam

By Blake Barber, California State University, Fullerton

Looking back on his experience while serving with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, Ben Rivera evoked three years full of uncertainty about making it home, but also friendships that...

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Taylor Peterson

Alonzo Robert Rivera

Robert Alonzo Rivera photographed in Con Thien Vietnam, while resting after a fire fight in November, 1968.  

Vietnam

By Ali Vise

Catching a midnight train in Fresno, Calif., Alonzo R. Rivera Jr., watched his mother, draped with a blanket, crying as she said goodbye. At that moment, the work of his childhood harvesting grapes and cotton became a thing of...

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Olivia Puentes-Reynolds

José A. Rivera

 

World War II

By Melissa Ayala

A devastating bomb on the other side of the Pacific Ocean and, the war was over for Jose Rivera and the rest of the world.

When the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, destroying that...

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Doralis Perez Soto

Francisco Robledo

Francisco Robledo  

Political & Civic Engagement

Interview by Anderson Boyd

Former Frio County Justice of the Peace Francisco Robledo hadn't questioned why the social order in Pearsall, Texas, was as it was. But a meeting at his children's school snapped him out of complacency.

Two...

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Anderson Boyd

Manuel Robles

Manuel Robles  

World War II

By May-Ying Lam

Manuel Robles, an 85-year-old World War II veteran, grasps a gold- and black-edged frame with steady fingers. In the center is a faded black and white photograph with a beaming young soldier frozen in time.

Robles...

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Jose Figueroa

Cruz M. Rodriguez

Cruz M. Rodriguez  

World War II

By Marjon Rostami

One day Cruz Rodriguez was picking corn and tomatoes on a farm outside of Chicago; the next day, the undocumented Mexican immigrant was preparing to go to war.

"They [the U.S. Army] didn't care if you were legal or...

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William Luna

Andres Chavez Rodriguez

Andres Chavez Rodriguez on his 25th birthday, May 18, 1946.  

By Erika Martinez

When Andres Chavez Rodriguez was 16 years old in a small village in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, his father sent him to live with his uncle in Monterrey.

"From then on, my life changed," Chavez Rodriguez said...

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Yolanda C. Padilla

Armando Miguel Rodriguez

Armando Miguel Rodriguez - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Heather Anne Watkins

Dr. Armando Rodriguez knows what it's like to be oppressed, but with a strong will he rose to the top and is living a long, happy life. Immigrating to the U.S. from Mexico when he was six years old, growing up in a...

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Rene Zambrano

Benito L. Rodriguez

Portrait of Benito L. Rodriguez.  

World War II

By Andria Infante

Benito L. Rodriguez served 20 years in the service and doesn't regret a single second.

Rodriguez went in willingly, volunteering to serve his country; in the course of his tour of duty, he risked his life and was...

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Andria Infante

Nestor Rodriguez

Nestor Rodriguez  

Vietnam

By Ben Wermund

In the spring of 1968, Nestor Rodriguez was desperate to get out of his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Facing social pressure after a broken engagement, the usually straight-A student was failing his fourth semester...

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Ben Wermund

Eriberto G Rodriguez

Portrait of Eriberto G. Rodriguez who served with the 349th Regiment of the 88th Division in Italy.  

World War II

By Janet Herrgesell

For Eriberto Rodriguez, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor provided ample motivation to fight in World War II.

Rodriguez was a teenager on Dec. 7, 1941 when he heard about the bombing.

"Everybody was talking...

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Liliana Rodriguez

Emilio Rodriguez

Emilio Rodriguez  

By J. Myers Vasquez

As acting squad leader and a combat veteran during World War II, Emilio G. Rodriguez was charged with the responsibility of indoctrinating new soldiers coming to the front lines.

"The enemy is in front of us,"...

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Joe Myers Vasquez

Joseph Rodriguez

Joseph Rodriguez  

By Alicia Dietrich

When New Mexico native Joseph Rodriguez set sail from New York harbor bound for Europe to fight in World War II, he had no idea where he was headed. He only knew they were traveling east.

"We didn't know nada," said...

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Ron Pacheco

Ralph Rodriguez

Ralph Rodriguez  

By Sara Kunz

Ralph Rodriguez dreamed of being an ambassador to Central America after graduating from college, but his plans were crushed when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in February of 1941. Rodriguez had been working at New Mexico...

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Brian Lucero

Fernando & Mrs. Gloria Rodriguez

Fernando Rodriguez  

Vietnam

By Joseph Muller

Unlike many U.S. military veterans who served in Southeast Asia during the 1960s, Fernando Rodriguez did not see a Vietnamese battlefield, even though he volunteered to fight more than once.

The closest that the...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez