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Rafael Guerra

Rafael Guerra  

World War II

By Nikki Muñoz

Rafael A. Guerra has always had an optimistic outlook on life, relying on an affirmation for help through life's rough spots, including his tour of duty: "If the sun comes out today, it is going to shine on me; if it doesn't...

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Nicole Cruz

Francisco Guerra

Francisco Guerra  

By In-Young Kim

Francisco Guerra still doesn't understand why people had to kill each other during World War II. And he says he doesn’t believe in wars anymore.

Guerra remembers the harrowing days he spent on Omaha Beach during the...

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Raquel C. Garza

Antonia Medina Guerrero

Antonia Medina Guerrero  

World War II

By Melanie Kudzia

"Go to school, and not only that, pay attention!"

This is one bit of advice Ignacio and Antonia Guerrero passed on to their children and grandchildren. They insist on their family attending school, working hard and...

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Juan Marinez

Ignacio Guerrero

Ignacio Guerrero  

World War II

By Melanie Kudzia

"Go to school, and not only that, pay attention!"

This is one bit of advice Ignacio and Antonia Guerrero passed on to their children and grandchildren. They insist on their family attending school, working hard and...

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Juan Marinez

Carlos Guzman Guerrero

 

World War II

By Antonio Gilb

Over half a century after it happened, Carlos Guerrero remembers the incident in May 1945 clearly - because of what it symbolized about America's racial tensions, as well as because of what it said about how communication...

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Antonio Gilb

Delfino Jose Guerrero

 

World War II

By Cheryl Smith Kemp

For World War II veteran Delfino Guerrero, who grew up in the urban jungle of Chicago during The Great Depression, three of the big “musts” in life were speak Spanish at home, English at school and the Boys Club; run...

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William Luna

Victoria Partida Guerrero

Victoria Partida Guerrero  

World War II

By Christa Desimone

She remembers the telephone call like it was yesterday. A man had rushed into the office where she was working in May of 1946, yelling to her that she had a phone call waiting for her across the street.

Victoria...

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Elizabeth Aguirre

Raul Alviso Gutierrez

 

Korean Conflict Read More Diana Maldonado

Herlinda Gutierrez

2 A/E Nurses at the Tachi\O\"Club in 1967.\"By the order of the base/hosp commander - all officers on base are attending a dinner at the\"O\"Club in\"Dress Mess\"Uniforms.\""  

Vietnam

By Teresita Amaya, California State University, Fullerton

What began as a harmless bet led to the opportunity of a lifetime for U.S. Air Force veteran Herlinda Gutierrez - "I enlisted on a dare," she said.

Gutierrez remembered one day...

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Laura Barberena

Arnoldo Gutierrez

Arnoldo Gutierrez was interviewed on March 6, 2010 at the Laredo Community College library in Laredo, Texas.  

Korean Conflict

By SeungJin Ryu

Most people reach a turning point in their lives at least once, and for Arnoldo D. Gutierrez that point was the time he spent in the Army during the Korean War.

He believes that he could not have gotten a better...

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Brenda Manchaca

Jose Angel Gutierrez

Jose Angel Gutierrez  

Political & Civic Engagement

By: Voces Staff

In the early 1960s Latino people in Texas had to be 21 years old and pay a poll tax to vote. Gutiérrez says, Latino people just didn’t vote. Later in the decade the poll tax was eliminated and the voting age was...

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Mario Castro-Villarreal

Andrew Guzman

 

World War II

By David Muto

When Andrew E. Guzman tried to enlist in the Marines at 18, he was turned away and told to wait for the draft.

With remorse...

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Jessica Marie Thomas

Consuelo Mary Hartsell

Consuelo Mary Hartsell - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By the Voces staff

Consuelo Hartsell grew up in Rawlins, Wyoming, in the only Latino family in a small town where the neighbors included Scandinavians, Greeks, Japanese and one African-American family. It was not until her last year...

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Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Jorge B. Haynes Jr.

Jorge Haynes - Voces Oral History Project  

Vietnam

By Katherine Heighway

As a student at the community college in his hometown of Laredo on the Texas-Mexico border, Jorge Haynes Jr. was looking for direction in his life.

“I majored in flag football and in going to Nuevo Laredo...

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Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Candelario Hernandez

Portrait of Candelario Hernandez.  

World War II

By Lucinda Guinn

Candelario Hernandez' family moved to East Austin in 1931 from Seguin, Texas. The only time he left East Austin since then, was during World War II, when he served the United States Army in New Guinea.

"I've been in...

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Lucinda Guinn

Joe Hernandez

Joe Hernandez  

World War II

By Caleb Pritchard

During his 22 months in the Army Air Forces, Joe Hernandez survived a remarkable 35 bombing missions in World War II Europe as the top turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber.

Hernandez remembered how he and...

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Brenda Sendejo

Estella Zaragoza Hernandez

Estela Hernandez was interviewed by the Voces Oral History Project at the Hazard Park Armory in Los Angeles, CA on June 7, 2010.  

World War II

By Ashley Nelcy Garcia

For Estella Zaragoza Hernandez, working in the fields under the sizzling California sun as a young girl was not much more than a child’s game.

It was part of her life, growing up as the youngest of six children...

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Valerie Martinez

Lencho Hernandez

Lencho Hernandez  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Paige More

Retired labor organizer Lawrence "Lencho" Hernandez is still haunted by his elementary school principal's big green disciplinary paddle. That paddle would snap him in a direction that he would later regret.

"I had...

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Paige More

Emma Villareal Hernandez

Emma Villareal Hernandez  

World War II

By Adrienne M. Cody

One needn't go further than Emma Hernandez’s own family, well-known in their community of Pharr, Texas, for their humanitarian efforts, to understand why she has devoted her life to civic service.

Hernandez’s...

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Gary Villereal

Guadalupe Hernandez

Guadalupe Hernandez  

World War II

By Nikki Muñoz

The son of a laborer, Lupe Hernandez has been defined by the concept of hard work, having spent much of his childhood alongside his father in the fields.

Hernandez's parents, Guadalupe Hernandez and Isidora Garza...

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Nicole Cruz

Rodolfo Hernandez

Rodolfo Hernandez  

World War II

By Jordyn Davenport

Although Rodolfo Hernandez never saw the frontline of battle, World War II was an exciting time for him.

That’s because Hernandez performed with his family’s informal entertainment troupe as a singer nicknamed...

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Peter Haney

Rafael Hernandez

Rafael Hernandez  

World War II

By Juliana Torres

Though also a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Rafael Hernandez says it was World War II that created significant opportunities for Latinos.

"That was the best thing that happened to me: to go ahead and serve...

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Juan De la Cruz

Tomas A. Hernandez

Tomas A. Hernandez  

World War II

By Kristina Radke

Despite the horrors he experienced during World War II, Tomas A. Hernandez has lived a full, happy life.

Hernandez was born on Dec. 29, 1925, in Temple, Texas, to Mexican parents.

"My father spoke broken...

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Andrea Shearer

Ezequiel R. Hernandez

Ezequiel R. Hernandez  

World War II

By Michael Trevino

Following his brothers' example of taking a stand against a foreign power and volunteering for the military, Ezequiel Hernandez enlisted in the Armed Forces as a teenager.

"When I turned 18, none of my brothers were...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

John S Hernandez

John Hernandez (left)  

World War II

By Allison Harris

Even at almost 90 years old, World War II veteran John S. Hernandez can recall the challenges facing him on his first day of kindergarten at Belvedere Elementary School in Los Angeles.

"My mother couldn't speak...

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Nicole Cruz

Alex J. Hernandez

Alex J. Hernandez  

Vietnam

By Tarrah Miller

“Baby killer!” were the words Alex Hernandez heard when he returned to the United States after 19 months in Vietnam, and he remembered it was a small boy, about 4 or 5 years old, who yelled them.

The Army veteran...

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Rudy Padilla

Catarino Hernandez

Catarino Hernandez  

World War II

By Antonio Gilb

In the first days of the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, in Schmidt, Germany, American scouts reported that a division of German tanks and soldiers lay on the outskirts of town, ready to attack. To minimize casualties,...

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Antonio Gilb

Agustin Louis Hernandez

Agustin Louis Hernandez  

World War II

By Connor Higgins

Agusti¬n Louis Hernandez's life has been one of service: to his country as an engineer/gunner on a B-24, to his community as a firefighter and lawman for 37 years, and to his family as a husband and father.

And as a...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Alfred J. Hernandez

Alfred J. Hernandez  

World War II

By Benjamin Smith

After serving his time in the Army and tasting equality in various parts of the country and world, Alfred J. Hernandez wanted nothing more than to leave the city he’d later change.

As a soldier, Hernandez had...

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Joel R. Hernandez

Joel R. Hernandez  

World War II

By Joanna Watson

Although Joel Hernandez enlisted in the Army only because he couldn't find a job, he looks back on his military service as a blessing that enabled him to lead a fulfilling life.

The son of Mexican Revolution veteran...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Ernesto Hernando

Ernesto Hernando  

World War II

By Rachel Vallejo

As the Enola Gay took off from the island of Tinian to drop the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Ernesto Hernando waited alongside his fellow servicemen to hear about the destruction.

According to the Navy’s online...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Jesus Herrera

Jesus Herrera  

World War II

By Jennifer Lindgren

Jesus Herrera risked his life as a Navy corpsman in Okinawa in May of 1945, assisting wounded soldiers under heavy enemy fire and, twice, rescuing hurt Marines and helping them to safety – while still under fire....

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Jane O’Brien

Jesse Herrera

Jesse Herrera - Voces Oral History Project - Vietnam War collection  

Vietnam

By the Voces Staff

Jesse Herrera grew up on the South Side of Chicago in a working-class neighborhood where many of his peers went straight from high school to jobs in the steel mills.

That wasn't the future he wanted for...

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Manuel Aviles-Santiago

Daniel M. Hinojosa

Dan Hinojosa was interviewed by Voces Oral History Project on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the St. Louis Braden Keller Community Center in Castroville, Texas. (Voces Oral History Project/Marc Hamel)  

Vietnam

By Amy Bingham

As the first rays of sun peeked over the horizon, Daniel Hinojosa slowly opened his swollen, mosquito-bitten eyelids. The familiar sight of thick, damp jungle surrounded him. Inside his Army boots, Hinojosa felt the...

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Amy Bingham

Tony Holguin

 

World War II

By Jason Weddle

Tony Holguin would rather talk about golf than about the time he spent as a soldier in the Army during World War II. He even says he might very well have been the Tiger Woods of his day.

To Holguin’s credit, there...

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William Luna

Alfred Hurtado

Alfred Hurtado  

World War II

By Cara Seo, California State University, Fullerton

If anyone deserves to be called an American war hero it's Alfred Hurtado.

He survived the Normandy Invasion as well as the Battle of the Bulge and received 11 medals, including the...

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Joseph Padilla

Ed Idar

Portrait of Ed Idar.  

World War II, Political & Civic Engagement

By Liliana Martinez

When Ed Idar was a teenager living in Buenos Aires, a neighborhood in Laredo, Texas, he never thought he’d volunteer as a civilian for Station X in England, and go to India and China while in the Army.

"I came to...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Francisco Xavier Jacques

 

World War II

By Hiram Jacques

When he attempted to join the military after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Francisco “Frank” Xavier Jacques of the West Texas town of Sweetwater was turned away because of his lack of education; he’d only been to the...

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Joe Jaime

Joe Jaime  

World War II

By Ryan Martinez

After a childhood spent dealing with discrimination in a small Kansas City-area community, Joe Jaime figured once drafted in 1942 into the Army, he’d finally get the chance to earn his American citizenship and ease the...

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Mary Sanchez

Hernan E. Jaso

Hernan E. Jaso  

Vietnam

By Alex Loucel

“You can follow around and ask anyone 50 to 100 miles about Hernan Jaso, and you’ll find that somebody knows the kid,” Jaso said of himself.

After his tour of duty in Vietnam, Jaso turned to public policy and a goal of...

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Tina Hughes

Antonio Jasso

Antonio Jasso  

World War II

By Sarah Culler

Antonio Jasso wanted to make sure no one considered him a war hero.

“I didn’t see no war … I’m not gonna take credit or say that I saw action. I didn’t. I was, thanks to God, a cook in the Navy. I had it made in...

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Mr. John Jasso

Joe Ramirez Jasso

Joe Ramirez Jasso - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Tony Cantú

Among his siblings, four of whom would join him in the war effort, Jose Ramirez "Joe" Jasso is remembered as el cabezudo, the hard-headed one of the bunch, always getting into trouble as a youth.

Jasso had grown...

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Mrs. Evelyn Jasso-Garcia

Jesus Jasso

 

World War II

Mexican immigrants Antonio Jasso and Genoveva Ramirez Jasso, who picked cotton in South Texas, would see five of their sons go off to war.

Their granddaughter, Evelyn Jasso Garcia, set out to record their story, and that of her...

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Francisco Jasso

 

World War II

Mexican immigrants Antonio Jasso and Genoveva Ramirez Jasso, who picked cotton in South Texas, would see five of their sons go off to war.

Their granddaughter, Evelyn Jasso Garcia, set out to record their story, and that of her...

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Trinidad Jasso

 

World War II

Mexican immigrants Antonio Jasso and Genoveva Ramirez Jasso, who picked cotton in South Texas, would see five of their sons go off to war.

Their granddaughter, Evelyn Jasso Garcia, set out to record their story, and that of her...

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Tomas Jasso

 

World War II

Mexican immigrants Antonio Jasso and Genoveva Ramirez Jasso, who picked cotton in South Texas, would see five of their sons go off to war.

Their granddaughter, Evelyn Jasso Garcia, set out to record their story, and that of her...

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Antonio R. Jasso

 

World War II

Mexican immigrants Antonio Jasso and Genoveva Ramirez Jasso, who picked cotton in South Texas, would see five of their sons go off to war.

Their granddaughter, Evelyn Jasso Garcia, set out to record their story, and that of her...

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Charles Paul Jones

Charles Paul Urbina Jones - Voces Oral History Project  

Vietnam

By Catherine Murphy

Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Charles Paul Jones was no stranger to diversity. Jones’ neighborhood on the west side of town included Belgians, Germans, Hispanics, Italians and Lebanese.

“It was a...

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Catherine Murphy

Julius V. Joseph

Julius Joesph (left closest to camera)and his unit at Camp Bullas in San Antonio, TX in 1941.  

World War II

By Jacob Collazo

At the onset of the Korean War in 1952, Julius V. Joseph, a veteran of World War I and II called his local recruiting office to volunteer his service. The recruiter asked Joseph if he had ever served in the military,...

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Jacob Collazo

Rafaela Navarro Juarez

 

World War II

By Rebecca De Leon

At the age of 18, Rafaela Navarro’s faith was tested. In 1942, her soon-to-be husband, Anastacio Juarez, was called to fight in World War II, leaving her and his family to fret about his safety.

Anastacio’s cousin...

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Julio C. Ovando