World War II

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Eloy D. Baca

Eloy D. Baca  

World War II

By Henry Mendoza

That his Purple Heart came in the mail long after he was home probably says the most about Eloy Baca's tenure as a soldier in the United States Army and, for that matter, the way most Latino veterans approached World War...

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Brian Lucero

Dennis Baca

Dennis Baca  

World War II

By Karen Matthews

Dennis Baca still cries when he thinks of the friends he lost during World War II. Even now, 57 years after his discharge from the U.S. Army, his voice becomes choked with emotion as he recalls the battles, the hardships...

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Violeta Dominguez

Juan Antonio Baez

Juan Antonio Baez  

World War II

By David Muto

Juan Antonio Báez remembers sitting with two fellow soldiers on a hillside, singing their favorite Puerto Rican songs. World War II had taken them far from their homeland, a nation, for Báez, of poverty and hardship.

...

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Robert Rivas

Juan Baggio

Juan Baggio  

World War II

By John Lee

Though he was never stationed on the battle front, the early portions of Juan Baggio’s life prepared him to serve his country on the home front during World War II.

“My dad died three months before I was born and my...

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Adolfo Dominguez

Delfina Cooremans Baladez

 

World War II

By Kim Loop

Sisters Wilhelmina Cooremans Vasquez, 79, and Delfina Cooremans Baladez, 81, have done nearly everything together throughout their lives, including joining the workforce during World War II.

In early 1942, when the United...

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Brenda Sendejo

Lorenzo Banegas

Lorenzo Banegas and the Bataan Death March  

World War II

Lorenzo Banegas was one of more than 1,700 New Mexico National Guard soldiers taken prisoner on Bataan.

No state paid a higher price - more than 900 New Mexico captives died. Banegas survived, but even today - 72 years old and retired in...

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Robert C. Moore

Amador Barbosa

Amador Barbosa  

World War II

By Meredith Stencil

Amador Barbosa seems so matter of fact about his wartime experiences -- almost too matter of fact when you consider his primary responsibility was to clear mines and unexploded devices, as well as trudge through combat...

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Manny Lopez

Genovevo Bargas

Genovevo Bargas  

World War II

By Borger Bargas

On April 29, 1945, Genovevo Bargas and some of his shipmates looked to the sky from the deck of the USS Comfort. A Japanese kamikaze was headed straight for their hospital ship. They were in the midst of the Battle of...

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Raquel C. Garza

Placida Peña Barrera

Placida Peña Barrera  

World War II

By: Emily Burgess

Placida P. Barrera vividly remembers her childhood days in the dry heat of Guerra, Texas, also known as "El Colorado" Ranch, where she’d help her father plant corn, pumpkins and watermelon.

Just as clearly, she...

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Virgilio Roel

Marcelino Ramirez Bautista

Marcelino Ramirez Bautista  

World War II

Shortly after Marcelino Ramirez Bautista’s mother, Petra Ramirez, died in 1916, Bautista’s father took young Bautista with him when he left Zacatecas, Mexico, for New Mexico in search of work.

When Tiburcio Bautista lost his job in the...

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Henry A Bebon

Henry A Bebon  

World War II

By Marisa Galvan

Not everyone in World War II worked on the front lines or manned the battleships. There were those who served behind the lines, who provided basic services and support and who were often taken for granted.

Henry A....

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Lynn Maguire-Walker

Antonio Becerra

Antonio Becerra  

World War II, Political & Civic Engagement

By Martin do Nascimento

Antonio Becerra has always found a way to remain steadfast, persistent and determined in the face of adversity - first as a Mexican American growing up in rural Texas in the 1920s and '30s, then as a German prisoner...

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Martin Do Nascimento

Philip James Benavides

Philip James Benavides  

World War II

By Rachna Sheth and Sandra Taylor

Philip James Benavides had a dream when he joined the United States Marine Corps in the summer of 1941: He wanted to make music. But within three and a half years, particularly after three months of torture...

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Robert Rivas

Fernando Bernacett

Fernando Bernacett  

World War II

By Jenny White

When Fernando Bernacett came to New York City to find his father as a 6-year-old in 1929, he had no idea what an adventure he was beginning. By the time the Puerto Rico native retired in Miami, he’d witnessed the Great...

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Paul Harrigan

Joe Bernal

Joe Bernal  

World War II

By Erin Peterson

Minorities living in Texas owe Joe Bernal a favor. As a first-term State Representative from San Antonio’s West Side during the 1960s, Bernal’s first bill aimed to wipe discrimination laws off the books.

At a time of...

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Mr. Valentino Mauricio

Frank Bonilla

Frank Bonilla  

World War II

By Anne Quach

Frank Bonilla planned to attend college after finishing high school, but within two weeks of graduation, he was drafted into the Army to fight in World War II.

After his experiences in Europe, including action in the...

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Mario Barrera

José Borja

Jose Borja  

World War II

By Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Every year at Christmas, José Borja organizes a celebration at a nearby Veterans Administration Hospital, in particular to honor aging Merchant Marines.

The cause of recognizing the Merchant Marines has...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Adolfo Borrego

 

World War II

By Mariel Davis

While fighting in Europe during World War II between 1943 and 1945, Adolfo Borrego said he felt no fear because he believed he was under God's protection.

As he laid out a world map on a kitchen table, Borrego pointed...

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Brian Lucero

Alberto Bosquez

Alberto Bosquez  

World War II

By Jane O’Brien

Fourteen-year-old Alberto Bosquez grabbed his stack of newspapers in 1941, headed to downtown San Antonio and began dealing them out. "Extra! Extra!" he called out, "Japan bombs Pearl Harbor!"

Aside from the papers...

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Jane O’Brien

Mary A. Bossom

 

World War II

By Stephanie Threinen

Alabama native Nathan Edgar Bossom had never set foot outside of the South before he was drafted into World War II at the age of 20.

Although he’s Anglo, Bossom notes there was camaraderie among the troops of his...

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Yudith Vargas

Nathan Edgar Bossom

Nathan Edgar Bossom  

World War II

By Stephanie Threinen

Alabama native Nathan Edgar Bossom had never set foot outside of the South before he was drafted into World War II at the age of 20.

Although he’s Anglo, Bossom notes there was camaraderie among the troops of his...

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Yudith Vargas

Gregorio D. Botello

Gregorio Botello - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Patrick Lynch

The story of the Botello brothers – Crisantos, Gregorio, John, Simon and Trinidad, who all served during World War II – is one of honor and bravery. And thanks to another of the brothers, their tales of heroism won’t be...

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Eduardo Botello

Eduardo Botello  

World War II

By Xochitl Salazar

On Friday, Oct. 13, 1944, the 79th Infantry Division was in its 23rd day of battle against German forces in the eastern part of Alsace-Lorraine, France.

Eduardo Botello, in a platoon of 27 men, walked slowly and...

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Xochitl Salazar

Trinidad D. Botello

 

World War II

By Patrick Lynch

The story of the Botello brothers – Crisantos, Gregorio, John, Simon and Trinidad, who all served during World War II – is one of honor and bravery. And thanks to another of the brothers, their tales of heroism won’...

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Simon D. Botello

 

World War II

By Patrick Lynch

The story of the Botello brothers – Crisantos, Gregorio, John, Simon and Trinidad, who all served during World War II – is one of honor and bravery. And thanks to another of the brothers, their tales of heroism won’t be...

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John D. Botello

 

World War II

By Patrick Lynch

The story of the Botello brothers – Crisantos, Gregorio, John, Simon and Trinidad, who all served during World War II – is one of honor and bravery. And thanks to another of the brothers, their tales of heroism won’t be...

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Crisantos D. Botello

 

World War II

By Patrick Lynch

The story of the Botello brothers – Crisantos, Gregorio, John, Simon and Trinidad, who all served during World War II – is one of honor and bravery. And thanks to another of the brothers, their tales of heroism won’t be...

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Carmen Conteras Bozak

Carmen Conteras Bozak  

World War II

By Katie Kennon

Carmen Bozak's only memory of Dec. 7, 1941 -- the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese -- is of a good friend and co-worker being stranded after her date heard about the attack on the car radio. The woman's date...

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Vivian Torre

José María Burruel

José María Burruel  

World War II

By Laura Zvonek

As a child, José María Burruel's family lived in a shack on land that didn't belong them: They were, in essence, "squatters." And they were unwelcome. At night, the houses were pelted with stones.

"One morning, we got...

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Delia Esparza

Ricardo Martinez Bustos

Ricardo Martinez Bustos  

World War II

By Layron Livingston

Before entering World War II, Richard M. Bustos, Sr. endured a different kind of battle. As an adolescent in rural southeastern Texas, he encountered racial segregation and discrimination daily.

“On signs, you’d...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Máximo Perez Butanda

Máximo Perez Butanda  

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 place where...

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Violeta Dominguez

Alberto Z. Caballero

Alberto Z. Caballero  

World War II

By Na Kyung Kim

General society’s prevailing atmosphere of racial discrimination couldn’t shake the strong comradeship present in the Army for Albert Caballero, who began his service in 1940 with the 36th Infantry Division. Though he...

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Steve G. Treviño

Herminia Guerrero Cadena

Herminia Guerrero Cadena  

World War II

By Ashley Hitson

Without prior understanding of the war or its impact on the world, young Herminia Cadena watched her brother leave home to join the Marines.

"I didn't recognize the importance [of the war] until my brother went in,"...

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Erika Martinez

Manuel & Mrs. Herminia Cadena

Manuel & Mrs. Herminia Cadena  

World War II

By Francisco H. Cortes

Manuel Cavazos Cadena was only a boy during WWII. But he witnessed the effects the war had in one of the several towns he lived in: San Marcos, Texas.

Two of his brothers were employed because of the war, when...

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Antonio Cantú

Ernesto Calderón

Ernesto Calderon (right) and Terrell A. Guillory (left) seen here at Clark Field on the Philippines Island of Luzon. The two served at Clark Field and coincidentally grew up in the same neighborhood in Waco, Texas. 1948  

World War II

By Miguel A. Castro

Ernesto Calderon was just 18 years old and living in Central Texas in 1946 when his life took an unexpected turn.

Eldon and Lloyd Adams, two brothers, asked him if he wanted to go with him to the drive-in theater at...

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Miguel Castro

Manuel F. Calderon

Manuel F. Calderon  

World War II

By Cheryl Smith Kemp

Manuel Calderon’s crossed arms seemed to reflect his mood when asked if he was drafted into World War II.

“Of course,” replied Calderon, who served in the Army for four years.

Not happy about his afternoon...

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Cheryl Smith Kemp

Luis Aguilar Calderon

Luis Aguilar Calderon  

World War II

Soon after his 18th birthday, Luis A. Calderon was drafted into the Army. He fought with the 75th Infantry Division for 94 consecutive days ending on April 13, 1945. That relatively short period of time in his life would have lasting effects on...

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Carmel Sandoval Camacho

Carmel Camacho  

World War II

By Ajay Patel

Carmel Camacho's father told him as a young boy that, if he was kind to other people, then he would never have trouble getting along with anyone. Camacho took his father's words to heart, working as a medic in the Army,...

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Liliana Rodriguez

Manuel Camarillo

Manuel Camarillo  

World War II

By Kayla Young

Peering through the door he’d just kicked in with his combat boots, the Manuel Camarillo serving on the front lines of World War II Germany was a different man from the one he’d been back in South El Paso. Back then, he’d...

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Raquel C. Garza

Diego Campa

Diego Campa  

World War II

By Elizabeth Wilder

Diego Campa wanted nothing more than to live a simple American life while retaining his Mexican heritage.

Campa’s family and friends held lively celebrations of Mexican culture, but outside this cocoon -- even at...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Ventura Terrones Campa

Ventura Terrones Campa  

World War II

By Nathan Wyman

For Ventura Terrones Campa, the gravity and brutality of World War II often seemed distant to her while living in the Kansas heartland of America. Like many thousands of wives left to raise their children while their...

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Delia J. Lujan

Natividad Campos

Natividad Campos  

World War II

By Erika Jaramillo

World War II veteran Natividad Campos says he felt like an old man by the age of 9.

Kidnapped by his father at age 3 and raised by his Spanish-speaking grandmother, Campos, the oldest son of four, had no formal...

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Beatriz Guerrero

Lalo Campos

 

World War II

The yellow clapboard house with the 1990 Cadillac Seville parked outside is Lalo Campos' home. A Mexican American World War II veteran, he sits in a study that is covered with family portraits with his feet propped up in his walker. There is a...

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Sofia Mena

Antonio V. Campos

 

World War II

By Alyssa Armentrout

When an officer interrupted training to ask, "Does anybody here play the trumpet?" Antonio Campos stepped up and raised his hand.

"I play the trumpet," he replied. Campos ended up getting assigned to one of...

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William Luna

Antonio Campos

Antonio Campos  

World War II

By Betsy Clickman

Antonio Campos has devoted his life to fighting for the advancement of Latinos, engaging in civil rights work that has given Hispanics in South Texas a "head start."

As a child, having to share a bed with siblings...

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Veronica Garza

Jesse T. Campos

Jesse T. Campos  

World War II

By Jordan Godwin

Jesse Campos wears a World War II Veteran hat garnished with a dozen medals and pins that magnify his 5-foot frame. Taking off the hat reveals the same impressively full head of hair he’s had all his life.

“I’ve...

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Mrs. Olga Campos Benz

Richard G. Candelaria

Richard G. Candelaria  

World War II

By Yvonne Lim

Growing up in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s, Richard G. Candelaria would bike up to the top of Mulholland Drive to watch the P-38 twin-engine fighter planes take off and land from Burbank. Candelaria read...

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Mario Barrera

Felipe Cantú

 

World War II

In many ways, the postwar years of Felipe L. Cantú represent a quintessential profile of a World War II veteran, quietly resuming his life, but with a modest hesitancy to discuss combat experiences or express his feelings. In many other ways,...

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Domingo Cantu

Domingo Cantu  

World War II

By David R Zavala

On his initial night of fighting in World War II Europe, Domingo Cantu landed for his first mission, and was unable to free himself from his parachute. As he struggled and tugged to get the chute off, he heard the blasts...

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Antonio Cantú

Tomás Z. Cantú

Mr. Thomas Cantu and his wife Claudia R. Cantu enjoy the afternoon outdoors on the patio of their Corpus Christi home.  

World War II

By Bettina Luis

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Standing at attention, his thumbs aligned with the seam of the trouser, his heels together at a 45-degree angle. Thomas Cantu Jr. looked straight ahead as he was awarded the Air Medal in 1943 for...

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Bettina Luis