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Caesar Catalino Castro

 

World War II

As a young man in San Antonio, Caesar Castro was an accomplished pianist.

His talent caught the attention of a group of famed California musicians who wanted Caesar to move west with them, so that they could mold him.

Castro didn't...

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Jesus Castro

Jesus Castro  

World War II

By Anthony Sobotik

At 30 years of age, Jesus Castro was one of the older soldiers drafted for duty during World War II. However, this soldier and father of six children wasn't about to let his age hinder his dedication or performance.

...

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Anthony Sobotik

George Castruita

George Castruita  

World War II

By Sparkie Anderson

George Castruita has lived a full life. He served in the Pacific in World War II, traveled abroad, witnessed apartheid in South Africa, was chased down by "Paisanos" and had a young woman turn cold when she discovered he...

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Steven Rosales

Manuel Cavada

Manuel Cavada - Voces Oral History Project  

Vietnam

By Lena Price

It was an evening like any other in Saigon in April 1968, Manuel Cavada, an Air Force crew chief, was doing the routine maintenance on C-121’s aircraft. His job was to make sure the engines were free of metal debris...

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Olivia Puentes-Reynolds

Carlos Cavazos

 

World War II

By Yvonne Lim

Carlos Cavazos, a veteran infantry instructor, has been wearing his olive-brown wool uniform, along with his Army cap and gray, knotted, tie to special events for 35 years. He keeps the uniform, issued to him more than 50...

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Yvonne Lim

Eddie Cavazos

 

Political & Civic Engagement

By: Voces Staff

Cavazos grew up in housing projects as a young boy, he describes it as a tight knit community. Growing up in this environment allowed him to experience different people with various personalities. Cavazos then...

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Lynda Gonzalez

Hilario Cavazos

Hilario Cavazos  

World War II

By Nicolas Martinez

When the government called Hilario Cavazos Jr. to war in October of 1943, he was in his senior year at Laredo's Martin High School, working his way toward college. He asked for an extension to finish high school, but to...

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Virgil Hines

Pablo Cavazos

Pablo Cavazos  

World War II

By Rebecca Eng

With 18 pairs of boots and 15 cowboy hats, Seventy-eight-year-old Pablo Cavazos is a walking specimen of Texas pride.

His advice to young people is simple: Get a good start in the military.

"If they go into the...

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William Luna

Rene A Cazares

 

Korean Conflict Read More Rita Sanchez

Paul Cedillo

 

Political & Civic Engagement

By Vinicio Sinta

One evening during the early 1970s, a crowd much larger than the usual Latino activists who periodically met in Rosenberg, Texas, poured into the local A.W. Jackson Elementary School to listen to a speech by Congresswoman...

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Miguel Gutierrez

Felicitas Joyce Cerda Flores

Felicitas Joyce Cerda Flores - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Kendra Mayer

Education is said to open the door to opportunity, and Felicitas Flores, who has led an exceptional life, all the while using education as her key to success, knows this well.

A Houstonian by birth and by choice,...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Enrique Cervantes

Enrique Cervantes  

World War II

By Cary-Anne Olsen

A four-line poem written on a birthday card had more influence on World War II Air Force pilot Lieutenant Colonel Henry "Hank" Cervantes than his teacher could have ever imagined.

"On my eighth birthday, Miss...

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Bruce Ashcroft

Valentino Cervantes

Valentino Cervantes  

World War II

By Anna Zukowski

An award-winning sharpshooter, Valentino "Smokey" Cervantes dodged death as a member of the 801st Tank Destroyer Battalion.

On an M-1 Tracked Recovery Vehicle, Cervantes would pick up disabled half tracks after each...

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Celina Moreno

Philip Cervantes

Philip Cervantes - Voces Oral History Project  

Korean Conflict

Philip Cervantes mastered the science of destruction as a specialist in explosives and demolition in a military career during the earliest years of the Cold War.

Born in East Los Angeles, California, in 1929, Cervantes was the fourth...

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Henry Mendoza

Adrienne Cervantez

Adrienne Cervantez  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Doug Waters

Growing up in Dilley, Texas, Adrienne Cervantez (nee Garcia) hated two things: politics and fried cow intestines, or tripas.

A lot of her childhood was spent campaigning for her parents, and backyard barbecues were a...

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Mr. Douglas Michael Waters

Jaime Chahin

Jaime Chahin  

Political & Civic Engagement

By: Voces Staff

Jaime Chahin is an advocate for educational equality in Texas. He was the lead witness in the LULAC v Richards case in 1987 that dealt with educational inequality in the South Texas/Border region. He is now a Dean at...

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Juana Estela Gonzalez Chapa

Juana Estela Gonzalez Chapa - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Misty Roberts

Estela Gonzalez Chapa's experiences during the war may not have all the drama and suspense of typical war stories; she was living in Rio Grande City, in South Texas. But her memories of the war provide a glimpse of what...

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Misty Roberts

Roberto Chapa

Roberto Chapa, Active duty, Camp Adair, Oregon,1943.  

World War II

By Joshua Leighton

When Roberto Chapa enlisted in the United States Army on December 2, 1942, he had no idea how much this decision would alter the rest of his life.

Though the war was thousands of miles away in Europe and Asia, Chapa...

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Joshua Leighton

Elias Ramirez Chapa

Elias Ramirez Chapa  

World War II

By Manesh Upadhyaya

Watching war movies about battle ships as a child in Beeville, Texas, created a yearning in Elias Chapa to enlist in the Navy.

At the age of 17, Chapa still wasn’t old enough to sign up for the Navy. Having three...

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Denise Morales

Olga Tobías Charles

Olga Tobías Charles - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Voces Staff

In the spring of 1970, Olga Charles was a senior at Uvalde High School in South Texas. With just a few weeks before graduation, she was preparing to follow her mother’s career advice: Go to business school and become a...

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Anna Casey

Ralph Amado Chavarria

Ralph Amado Chavarria  

World War II

By Erin Dean

Everything is "beautiful" to Ralph Chavarria, an 88-year-old World War II veteran of the Pacific Theater, who is, to this day, a well-known musician in the Phoenix, Ariz., area.

Chavarria survived a tough childhood full...

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George Diaz

John Chavez

John Chavez in 1945, Pearl Harbor.  

World War II

By Amanda Stair

John Chavez grew up as an orphan, moving from house to house, and later survived the bloodiest Pacific battle of World War II. After the war, he settled in Tucson, Ariz. So when he looked back, he realized: "My life turned...

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Samantha Salazar

Raúl A Chávez

Raúl A Chávez  

World War II

By Amy Bauer

Aside from a move at 8 months of age, Raul Chavez had never traveled more than the 20 miles from Los Angeles to Catalina Island.

Born on Valentine's Day in 1926 in Chihuahua, Mexico, Chavez moved to East L.A. when he was...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Juanita Silvas Chavez

 

World War II Read More Taylor Peterson

Robert John Chavez

Robert John Chavez  

World War II

By Shan Dunn

One night in December of 1941, the world changed for Robert John Chavez. He was in the 9th grade and a 15-year-old teenager, attending a dance marathon, when word came over the radio that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor....

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Erika Martinez

Mariano Olivera Chores

 

World War II

The Other Soldiers

Little-remembered treaty sent 300,000 sons of Mexico to the United States during WWII; their weapons were their labor-hardy bodies

 

By Violeta Dominguez

The battlefield wasn’t the only...

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Violeta Dominguez

Guadalupe Huerta Conde

 

World War II

By Brooke West

Even after 58 years of marriage, Guadalupe "Lupe" Conde still serenades his wife, Maria, on some nights. It was Maria, he says, who restored the sense of peace he lost in battle in North Africa and Italy.

Conde’s life...

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Carlos Conde

Frank Cordero

Frank Cordero  

World War II

By Sarah Jackson

Drafted at 21, Frank Cordero endured hardships typical of most soldiers. But in telling his story, he prefers to dwell on the lighter side of war.

Born in 1921 in Alamogordo, N.M., Cordero was the youngest of five...

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Veronica Garcia

Arnold V Cordova

Arnold Cordova  

World War II

By Matthew Pier, California State University, Fullerton

He was only a junior in high school, working a part-time job on Sept. 10, 1941, when Arnold Cordova received a government letter ordering him to report for military service. Once in...

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Cheryl Brownstein-Santiago

Alfredo Cordova

Alfredo Cordova  

World War II

By Julia Zwick

Seventy-nine-year-old Alfredo Cordova is one of the thousands of American men and women who served in the Army during World War II. His story starts in a poor town in New Mexico and takes him to California and Europe, and...

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Iliana Limón

Lina Martinez Cordova

Lina Martinez Cordova  

World War II

By Katherine Sayre

Lina Cordova prayed each night for her husband's safe return to her and their two children during World War II.

"I used to pray every night, every night I would pray, 'Please God, bring him home,'” Cordova said. "I...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Margarito Correa

Margarito Correa  

World War II

By Edna P. Carmona,

For 10 days in 1944, Margarito Correa and nine of his fellow soldiers were lost -- tired and hungry and unsure where to go or what to do. But even in the midst of the chaos, Correa held on to hope, believing his mother'...

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Ismael Martinez

Genaro Garcia Cortes

 

World War II

By Juliana Torres

It wasn't the hard work he'd have to endure as a laborer that scared Genaro Cortes as he considered his decision to travel to the States. At 24, he was most worried about the possibility of being drafted. A mason by trade...

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Violeta Dominguez

Ascención Ambros Cortez

Ascención Ambros Cortez  

World War II

By Clara Obregón

Ascención Ambros Cortez can't help but cry when she thinks of the sacrifices her brother, Enrique Ambros, and husband, Hernan Cortez, Sr., made for their country during World War II. Her husband lost his right hand and her...

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Desirée Mata

Ramiro G. Cortez

Ramiro G. Cortez  

World War II

By Camri Hinkie

On August 6, 1944, United States Air Force gunner Ramiro Cortez was about to board a plane bound for Berlin, Germany, which would have been his sixth mission, had he gone through with it.

Cortez wasn’t originally...

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Jessica El-Khoury

Herman R. Cortez

Herman R. Cortez  

World War II

By Emily Priest

On June 6, 1944, Herman R. Cortez and his fellow soldiers scurried down side ladders onto landing crafts alongside a U.S. military ship as it dropped anchor on the coast of France, placing the men as close to shore as...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Santiago Brito Craver

Santiago Brito Craver  

World War II

By Alyssa Armentrout

As U.S. Army medic Santiago Craver drove his ambulance up to the pick-up site in Northern Africa, one of the wounded men glanced up at him from below.

He had a familiar face.

"It was one of my friends who...

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Robert Rivas

Delfina Josepha Lujan Cuellar

Delfina Josepha Lujan Cuellar  

World War II

By Amanda Crawford

Delfina Lujan Cuellar grew up in Albuquerque, N.M., at a time when girls were expected to become mothers and wives. Like many Mexican American girls of her generation, she wasn’t allowed to attend school after the eighth...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Jose Cuellar

Jose Cuellar  

World War II

By Peggy Hanley

Jose "Joe" Cuellar volunteered to be a scout in the South Pacific during World War II because scouts were considered leaders by his fellow soldiers. At the tender age of 18, Cuellar was convinced he wanted to be a leader,...

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Jennifer Sanchez

Carmen Danna

Carmen Danna Voces - Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By: Voces Staff

Carmen Danna was born in San Antonio, TX and grew up in Devine, TX. As a former elementary school teacher she experienced different forms of discrimination throughout her life. She reflects on her...

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Natalie Venegas

Fred Davalos

Fred Davalos  

World War II

By Clint Hale

Dealing with the harsh realities of World War II was tempered by experiences that Fred Davalos encountered in his youth. He’s more at ease relating the difficulties of his childhood than his experiences during the war, when he...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Joseph Davila

Joseph Davila  

World War II

By Prisilla Totiyapungprasert

Corporal Joseph Davila had a choice during his military occupation in the Southern Philippines: He could stay with the other soldiers to hold up enemy advancement toward American military headquarters, or he...

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Drs. Joanne Rao & Mario Sanchez

Luis Reyes Davila

Luis Reyes Davila  

World War II

By Liliana Velazquez

Lying on the deck of the USS Tripoli on a quiet night on the Pacific Ocean, Luis Reyes Davila felt at peace in a time of war. During this brief respite from battle, with the soothing waves splashing against the aircraft...

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Liliana Velázquez

Manuel De Jesus Lozano

Manuel De Jesus Lozano - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Angela Bonilla

From a very young age, World War II veteran Manuel De Jesus Lozano was on the move. After a childhood marked by struggle, his work ethic propelled him to a long and successful career in the Air Force.

He...

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Nikki Cruz

Alfred A. De La Cruz

Alfred Q. De La Cruz  

World War II

By Donnie Hogan

Alfred Antonio De La Cruz made $2 per week working as a radio technician, while the military paid $17 per month, so joining the Army was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.

De La Cruz says he has always had a...

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Kris Edward Rodriguez

Roberto De la Cruz

Roberto De la Cruz  

World War II

By Cheryl Smith Kemp

When military recruiters showed up at the local Post Office in early August of 1942, Roberto De la Cruz saw it as a ticket out of the Rio Grande Valley, an escape from a lonely laborious life in South Texas.

So...

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Raquel C. Garza

Juan Espinosa De La Garza

Juan Espinosa de la Garza - Voces Oral History Project  

Vietnam

By the Voces Staff

Gunshots peppered the ground around Cpl. Juan De La Garza. The mud of the rice paddies filled his boots. He did not know where the shots were coming from, just that he had to get his men back to Hill 327, a base...

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Taylor Peterson

Miguel de la Peña

Miguel de la Peña  

World War II

By Shelby Downs

Miguel de la Peña’s first injury in World War II landed him in the infirmary for two days. His second injury landed him his wife of 58 years.

After first suffering a concussion at Normandy, de la Peña was wounded by...

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Rajesh Reddy

Rubiana De la Peña

Rubiana De la Peña  

World War II

By SHELBY DOWNS

Miguel de la Peña's first injury in World War II landed him in the infirmary for two days. His second injury landed him his wife of 58 years.

After first suffering a concussion at Normandy in July, Mr. de la Peña was...

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Rajesh Reddy

Teodoro De la Rosa

 

World War II

By Anna Wong

Evident in his service to the United States, Teodoro De La Rosa is a man who’s proud and loyal to his country.

De La Rosa was born in the humble surroundings of Pharr, Texas. His father, Gregorio De La Rosa, was a...

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Joe Myers Vasquez