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Agapito Casarez Gonzalez

Agapito Casarez Gonzalez  

World War II

By Erika L. Martinez

When Agapito Casarez Gonzalez was drafted into the Army on June 2, 1942, he never imagined the horrors and devastation his eyes would have to see.

"The draft got me," Gonzalez said.

And even though his...

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Mary L. Nieves

Encarnacion A. Gonzalez

 

World War II

By DIONICIA RIVERA

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

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Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Carmen R. Gonzalez

Carmen R. Gonzalez  

World War II

By Anthony Sobotik

Carmen Gonzalez has shouldered his responsibilities with grace

Gonzalez was milking cows at a neighbor's farm to help support his family by the time he was 12. And during World War II, he did his duty on the...

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Nicole Cruz

Ernest George Gonzalez

Ernest and Maddy Gonzales (wife) in 1999 at age 75.  

World War II

By Corina Kellam

Before the births of his son and three daughters, before trying his hand at professional golf training and real estate, Ernie Gonzalez was a naval engineer.

Gonzalez attended Oatman Grammar School in Arizona first...

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Rene Zambrano

Julian Gonzalez

Julian Gonzales as a Sergeant in WWII in 1945. Photo taken in San Antonio, TX.  

World War II

By Veronica Sainz

Raised with 11 sisters, four brothers and two pet javelinas in the small town of Chapin, Texas, no one could have guessed that Julian Gonzalez would become a decorated veteran of the Normandy invasion.

Gonzalez...

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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

 

Korean Conflict Read More Henry Mendoza

Telesfora Barbara Gonzales Gonzalez

Telesfora Barbara Gonzales Gonzalez  

World War II

By Emily Cox

Florence Gonzales Gonzalez set a strong example for her siblings and coworkers throughout her life with her hard work and efforts toward perfection.

“I became a Mrs. how-you-do-it,” said Gonzalez, recalling how she...

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Raquel C. Garza

Norberto M Gonzalez

Norberto M Gonzalez  

World War II

By Catherine Mathieson

Contrasts have defined Norberto Gonzalez's life.

Gonzalez appreciates the opportunities the United States has offered him; he came here because he saw none in the tiny Cuban village where he was born.

...

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Erika Martinez

Jack Greenberg

 

Political & Civic Engagement

By Samantha Gallion

Jack Greenberg had been working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 17 years in 1966, when he received repeated requests from Mexican Americans and Native Americans.

“We had...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Evelio Grillo

Evelio Grillo  

World War II

By Lindsay Graham

Raised in Ybor City, a Cuban neighborhood inside Tampa, Fla., Evelio Grillo attended black segregated schools and grew up with black role models.

"Black Cubans were closer to black Americans and white Cubans were...

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Mario Barrera

Rodolfo M. Guajardo

 

Korean Conflict Read More Liliana Rodriguez

Elias Guajardo

portrait of Jesse Guajardo.  

World War II

By Kristen Henry

Deep blue, purple, coral. Even 60 years after Jesse Guajardo served in the Navy the colors of the seas and oceans he traveled still strike him.

"I went to the Pacific, the Pacific is blue," Guajardo reminisced at his...

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Kristin Henry

Joe M. Guajardo

Joe Guajardo  

World War II

Tribute provided by Grace Charles, daughter of Joe Medina Guajardo.

After two years of separation during World War II, U.S. Army soldier Joe Medina Guajardo was reunited by chance in Australia with his cousin, Juan Sanchez.

They...

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Juan F. Guajardo

Juan Guajardo  

By Anna Kavich

For Juan Guajardo, life before and after Vietnam was just as traumatic as the five months he spent overseas. From growing up surrounded by gang fights to struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, the decorated U.S. Army...

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Anna Kavich

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

Juventino Guerra

Juventino Guerra  

World War II

BY Juliana Torres

Raised in small towns and on ranches, Juventino Guerra never went far from home. Then WWII opened new opportunities to travel and learn other perspectives. He enlisted on Jan. 8, 1941, in San Antonio, Texas. Initially, he...

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Markel Rojas

Henry Martinez Guerra

Henry Martinez Guerra  

World War II

By Lindsay Fitzpatrick

From the fields of west Texas to the beaches of Normandy, Henry Guerra has fought adverse conditions to succeed. He spent much of his young life under the scorching Texas sun, picking cotton, spinach and radishes,...

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Brenda Sendejo

Roberto Guerra

 

World War II

By Lizette Romero

Roberto Guerra had a deep pride: pride in his military service in World War II; of his unit, which distinguished itself in Europe; of the many medals he earned for his actions; and of the woman who saw beyond his injuries...

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Mario J. Cruz

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

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

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

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 lowered as...

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Mario Castro-Villarreal

Gabriel Gutierrez

 

Political & Civic Engagement

A lawyer for a landmark Texas desegregation case in the 1970s, Gabriel Gutierrez Jr. made contributions that brought important changes for Latinos’ access to public education.

Gutierrez was born Jan. 10, 1938, in Austin, Texas. His mother...

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Chris Hummer

Raul Alviso Gutierrez

 

Korean Conflict Read More Diana Maldonado

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 of...

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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 to...

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Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

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

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

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