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Servando & Mrs. Garcia

Servando Garcia  

Vietnam

By Mosettee Lorenz

Servando Garcia's 20-year military career allowed him to spend time in numerous countries, including France, Germany, Japan and Vietnam.

Before joining the military, Garcia had only left the United States to visit...

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Mosettee Lorenz

José Blas García

Jose Blas Garcia  

World War II

By Doralis Perez-Soto

In December 1941, 18-year-old José Blas García traveled from his neighborhood of Trastalleres, an area among the swamps and mangrove trees near Caño de Martín Peña in Santurce, Puerto Rico, with four friends to...

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Doralis Perez-Soto

Saragosa Garcia

Saragosa Garcia  

World War II

By Sierra Brasher

Saragosa A. Garcia always marched to the beat of a different drum.

And his ability to play music, to change the tempo of his life, along with the assurance from carrying a treasured Holy Bible and his mother's...

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Raymond Garcia

Raymond Garcia at the Vietnam fire base Bastonge Ashaw Valley about February of 1970.  

Vietnam

By Andres Salinas

Raymond Garcia, a proud Mexican-American who grew up in a small, segregated Texas town, enlisted in the U.S. Army to help support his family and to help his country. He fought as a heavy machinegun specialist during the...

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Andres Salinas

Ricardo Garcia

Ricardo Garcia  

World War II

By Caitlynn Taylor

“It was the worst thing to happen,” Ricardo Garcia said of his time in the 5th Marine Division in Okinawa.

Garcia spent 10 days on the front lines, waiting in the daylight and fighting and surviving bombings at...

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Raquel C. Garza

Gabriel Garcia

 

Korean Conflict, Vietnam

By Ruben Espinoza

When Gabriel Garcia left his family’s home in Mercedes for Army basic training in the summer of 1952, it was the first time he had ever been away from South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

California’s Camp Roberts was...

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Cheryl Smith Kemp

Maria R. Garcia

 

Political & Civic Engagement

By the time her husband began pushing the idea of greater participation by Mexican Americans in her small South Texas town, Maria Ramirez Garcia had developed a strong and broad network of contacts who could support the effort.

Garcia was...

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Joseph Garcia

Armando Oscar Garcia

Armando Oscar Garcia  

Vietnam

By Grant Abston

In August 1945, Armando O. Garcia and his family gathered around the radio and listened to the news: The United States had just dropped an atomic bomb on Japan.

Although the destruction took place far away, it was a...

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Frank Hernandez

Arnold Feliu Garcia

Arnold Feliu Garcia  

World War II

Arnold Feliu Garcia was born in San German, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 19, 1911, to Andres Garcia Lopez and Celia Feliu Servera. As a boy in Puerto Rico, he met and fell in love with Tomasita “Tommi” Ribas of Ponce. They soon parted, however, as he,...

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Ted Bridis

Elizabeth Ruiz Garcia

Willie Garcia husband of Elizabeth Garcia was stationed in North Africa before being sent to Italy.May, 1944.  

World War II

By Hannah McIntyre

Elizabeth Garcia, who stayed home and worked while her husband was away serving in World War II, feels that the best career she could have is helping others.

Garcia has spent her life working to take care of other...

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Hannah McIntyre

Narciso Garcia

Portrait of Narciso Garcia.  

World War II

By Scott Reister

To become an Air Cadet in the Army's World War II training program, one had to display physical and mental superiority. Cadets had to be the best of the best, and follow a path of intense training in preparation for...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Dr. Juliet Villareal Garcia

Dr. Juliet Villareal Garcia 1  

Political & Civic Engagement

Juliet Garcia forged her own way into the all-male “club” of Texas community college presidents to become president of Brownsville’s Texas Southmost College in 1986.

Eventually, she would become the president of the University of Texas at...

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Chelsea Moreno

Willie C. Garcia

Willie Garcia in Austin, TX, honored as a vet of WWII in 2000.  

World War II

By Hannah McIntyre

Like many World War II veterans, Willie Garcia married his bride right before shipping out of town to prepare for overseas combat.

In 1944, Marfa, Texas, native Garcia met Elizabeth Ruiz while stationed...

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Katie Woody

Gilbert Garcia

Gilbert Garcia  

World War II

By Meridith Kohut

There were ways to battle tedium in the long stretches at sea: poker games, movie nights and dishes of ice cream. But for Gilbert Garcia of Houston, Texas, it was mostly the poker winnings he relished.

At sea, Garcia...

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Teodoro Garcia

Teodoro Garcia  

World War II

By IRMA GARCIA

Teodoro Garcia grew up poor in Presidio, Texas, a small border town, during the Great Depression. To relieve the family's burden, he left home in Clovis, N.M., to live with his grandmother in Presidio. Garcia only reached...

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Ray Atencio

Abelardo Garcia

Abelardo Garcia  

World War II

By Nikki Stanko

Rocking back and forth in a squeaky computer chair, hands folded in his lap, Abelardo Garcia chuckled as he relived having played match-maker for his fellow Army soldiers in a quaint beer hall in Czechoslovakia in...

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Raquel C. Garza

Carolyn Jean Garcia

Carolyn Garcia  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Alexandra Cannon

Carolyn Garcia has lived by the words her father shared with her when she was only a child: "God gave you a voice. And if you don't talk for yourself or for others, then what good was it that he gave you a voice? You...

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Alexandra Cannon

Esteban R. Garcia

Esteban R. Garcia  

World War II

By Kristin Stanford

While still a teenager, Esteban R. "Steve" Garcia learned firsthand that destroyers -- unlike nerves or stomachs -- are made of nearly impervious steel.

As waves incessantly pounded the sides of the four-stacker...

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Liza Moreno

Carmen García-Rosado

Carmen Garcia-Rosado  

World War II

By Eduardo Miranda, California State University, Fullerton

While World War II was underway thousands of miles away, Carmen García Rosado, a young schoolteacher...

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Manuel Aviles-Santiago

Gonzalo Garza

Gonzalo Garza  

World War II

By Jennifer Gallo

Gonzalo Garza's commitment to the Marines Corps began with the recruiting pamphlet. Of the five principles dubbed as "pillars" for that institution, Garza was particularly serious about using education as a guide after...

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Juan Campos

Josué "George" Garza

Josué George Garza - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Taylor Gantt

In 1970, George Garza was a popular middle school teacher in Uvalde, Texas. But when the school board repeatedly declined to renew his contract, he became a central figure in a six-week school walkout that changed the small...

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Prakriti Bhardwaj

Guadalupe I. Garza

Guadalupe I. Garza  

World War II

By Melanie Jarrett

By the time World War II ended, Guadalupe Garza had traveled hostile roads through French Morocco, Spanish Morocco, Algiers, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Gibraltar, Scotland, England, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany and...

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Domingo Marquez

Moises Garza

Moises Garza  

World War II

By Ismael Martinez


Moises Garza enjoyed the simple farm life of La Joya, Texas. Born Sept. 4, 1924, he grew up by a river and enjoyed fishing and hunting deer and ducks. Garza remembers huge family gatherings where they cooked food...

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Yudith Vargas

Jose Guadalupe Garza

Jose Guadalupe Garza  

World War II

By Liliana Martinez

When Jose Guadalupe Garza was in the 9th grade in Brownsville, Texas, in 1937, his Anglo teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up.

"I told her I wanted to be a lawyer, but she told me that I wanted to...

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Ms. Vanesa Salinas

Alejandro Paiz Garza

Alejandro Paiz Garza  

World War II

By Cheryl Smith Kemp

When Alejandro P. Garza got called up for the war, he was working in a Houston shipyard as a welder. Garza was 18, and, the year before, had dropped out of A.C. Jones High School in his hometown of Beeville, Texas, to...

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Martin Montez

Rudy Vela Garza

 

World War II

By Elliott Blackburn

For Raul de la Garza, the cratered landscape was a constant reminder of just how close the battlefield was. De La Garza remembers one particular evening when he and fellow soldiers were laying communications wire. The...

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William Luna

Luis R. Garza

Luis R. Garza  

World War II

By Hason Halpert

For Air Force Gunner Luis Garza, the worst thing that could have happened to him during World War II occurred before he even got overseas.

“While we were waiting [to go overseas], my mother got a notice that my...

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Raquel C. Garza

Eduardo Cavazos Garza

Vietnam Vet, Eduardo Garza, was interviewed in San Antonio, Texas, on April 20, 2011. [Voces Oral History Project/Michelle J Lojewski]  

Vietnam

By Emily Macrander

"I'm a new man."

Eduardo Cavazos Garza was speaking to himself, or out loud. He wasn't sure and didn't really care. He was on a boat, floating down another South Vietnam river. It was the summer of 1969. He...

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Emily Macrander

Federico Garza Jr.

Federico Garza Jr.  

Political & Civic Engagement

By: Voces Staff

Federico Garza recalls his early childhood life. Garza grew up on a rural farm, seven miles north of Mission. He described his early life as selling tomatoes on the side of the road and getting into trouble. Growing up in...

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Chris Touma

Benigno Gaytan

Benigno Gaytan  

World War II

By Melissa Mendoza

“Most of my friends, they say, ‘Let’s join the Navy,’” said Benigno “Tony” Gaytan, when asked why he signed up for the Armed Forces during World War II.

“I said, ‘OK.’”

At 17, Gaytan was working as a stock...

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Amanda Peña

Richard Geissler

Richard Geissler  

Vietnam

By Joshua Avelar

For Richard Geissler Jr., a U.S. Army veteran who became a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, passion for community activism shaped his life despite the many different communities he served and the overbearing...

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Frank Trejo

Narciso Gil

Narciso Gil - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Andy Valdez

The Gil family story is one of overcoming the Great Depression, discrimination and one of service: four of the Gil brothers would answer their country's call to arms.

Paul, Simón, Narciso and Otis would bear arms...

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Andrea Valdez

Otis Gil

Otis Gil - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Andy Valdez

The Gil family story is one of overcoming the Great Depression and discrimination, as well as one of service, as three of the four Gil brothers would answer their country's call to arms.

Paul, Narciso and Otis would...

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Andrea Valdez

Paul Gil

Paul Gil - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Andy Valdez

The Gil family story is one of overcoming the Great Depression and discrimination, as well as one of service, as three of the four Gil brothers would answer their country's call to arms.

Paul, Narciso and Otis would...

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Andrea Valdez

Pete Gil

Pete Gil - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Andy Valdez

The Gil family story is one of overcoming the Great Depression and discrimination, as well as one of service, as three of the four Gil brothers would answer their country's call to arms.

Paul, Narciso and Otis would...

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Andrea Valdez

Emiliano Espinosa Gimeno

Emiliano Gimeno - Voces Oral History Project - World War II collection  

World War II

By Brandon Fields, St. Bonaventure University

Emiliano E. Gimeno remembers that when Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese, he initially did not realize how the event would change his life.

Born in El Paso, Texas, on Jan. 24, 1921...

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Joseph Padilla

Mike C Gomez

Mike C Gomez  

World War II

By Christine Powers

"I had a bitter taste in my mouth when I learned both my sons were drafted for Vietnam," said World War II veteran Mike Gomez.

He leaned forward in his seat, paused for a second and then emphasized: "A bitter taste...

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Ricardo Pimentel

Graciano Gomez

Graciano Gomez  - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Edwin de la Torre

Experiences change lives forever, and for Graciano Gomez, serving during World War II was the experience he said opened his eyes and mind to a greater picture. After his service he returned with new goals and a greater...

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Henry Mendoza

Marcus Lopez Gomez

 

World War II

By Otto Smith-Goeke

Marcus Lopez Gomez has seen many forms of racial discrimination and difficult economic times throughout his life. As a veteran of World War II, Gomez's war experiences, family-oriented perspective and emphasis on work...

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Rene Zambrano

Fred Gomez

 

World War II

By Wesley Monier

To fulfill a promise made many years ago to a young soldier friend killed in battle, Ferdinand “Fred” Gomez named his oldest son Raymond. The two men vowed that if one of them died, the other one would name his first son...

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William Luna

Margaret Juárez Gómez

Margaret Gomez - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By the Voces staff

Margaret J. Gómez credits her early political awareness to her father. He was a Mexican immigrant with little education, but he closely followed political and world events.

“He read the newspaper from cover to...

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Arnold Garcia

Johnnie Ramos Gonsalez

Johnnie Gonsalez  

World War II

By Alyson Espino

Johnnie Gonsalez can't recall much of his time serving in the military, but he remembers how grateful he was to make it back home alive.

Born in the small city of Florence, Kansas, Gonsalez grew up with three brothers...

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Tella Garcia

Armando E. Gonzales

Armando E. Gonzales  

World War II

By Dionicia Rivera

Lying in a cold stream with a bullet wound to his chest, Armando E. Gonzales felt his body getting weaker. Surrounded by the enemy in the Aleutian Islands, Gonzales had been shot by a sniper; he thought his life was over...

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Jennifer Kelleher

Norman Gonzales

Norman Gonzales  

World War II

By Emiko Fitzgerald

It wasn't until he went for his physical, after being drafted in October of 1942, that Lufkin, Texas, native Norman Gonzales realized he was blind in one eye. However, that didn’t stop Gonzales from serving in the...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Pablo B. Gonzales

 

World War II

By Christine Pev

On Dec. 7, 1941, 20-year-old Pablo Gonzales heard on the radio in his hometown of Sabinal, Texas, that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor, and he immediately wanted to enlist in the military to help defend his country....

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Jeffery K. Wantanabe

Juan Carlos Gonzales

Juan Carlos Gonzales  

Vietnam

By Lindsey Craun

As a child, Juan Carlos Gonzales felt destined to fight for his country. He grew up in a home surrounded by a father and four uncles who were World War II veterans, and he remembered feeling that patriotism and strategic...

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Valerie Martinez

Abelardo Martinez Gonzales

Abelardo Gonzales with his two sisters in San Antonio, TX.  

World War II

By Trinidad Aguirre

A paratrooper and medical corpsman for the 507th Airborne Regiment, Abelardo M. Gonzales fought in World War II using bandages instead of bullets, tourniquets instead of bayonets.

Gonzales recalled his combat...

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Trinidad Tito Aguirre

Seferino Nino Gonzales

 

World War II

By Diana Pena

Sitting in front of a disassembled cuckoo clock, Seferino Nino Gonzales’ demeanor gave little hint that he was a veteran of at least two wars, which he described as a “very pleasant experience.”

At the time of his...

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Raquel Garza

Sandra Gonzalez

Sandra Gonzalez  

Voces of a Pandemic

By: Voces Staff

Sandra Gonzalez is a registered nurse based in San Antonio. Her focus is on pregnant women, new mothers and their newborns. However, COVID-19 has brought changes to her work environment that affect how she practices health...

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Dominique Montiel Valle

Alfred G Gonzalez

 

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