World War II

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Epimenio Caraveo

 

World War II

By Celina Moreno

World War II veteran Epigmenio Caraveo valiantly served his country as a paratrooper in the legendary 101st Airborne Division, overcoming the sting of discrimination and poverty of his youth.

As a young boy growing...

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Celina Moreno

Robert L. Cardenas

Robert Cardenas at his home in San Diego, California on July 14, 2008.  

World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam

By Rachel Platis

In 1939, National Guard Pvt. Robert Cardenas was in the final stage of obtaining a full scholarship to the California Institute of Technology, having just completed two years of pre-engineering study at San Diego State...

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Marc Hamel

Abner Carrasco

Abner Carrasco  

World War II

By Juliana Torres

During the landing at Salerno, Abner Carrasco was shooting at a German Panzer, a heavily armored tank, when its turret suddenly pivoted and pointed directly at him. Facing his potential death, Carrasco kept firing and was...

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Steven Rosales

William Carrillo

William Carrillo  

World War II

By Mario Barrera

William Carrillo knew he wanted to go into the Army Air Corps when he enlisted in 1942, but there was a problem: He didn’t have the required college degree for the Air Corps Cadet program. So on the application form the...

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Mario Barrera

Meregildo Carrillo

Meregildo Carrillo  

World War II

By Shamoyita DasGupta

Meregildo Carrillo harbors no regrets.

A decorated soldier, Carrillo served in World War II in France in the 79th Infantry Division, both despite and because of his own personal battles.

Born in San...

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Lawrence J. Polon

Cayetano Casados

Cayetano Casados  

World War II

By Anjali Desai

Cayetano Casados had a floating, front row seat for the historic Normandy Invasion of World War II.

"We were the first ship to be fired on and the first ship to fire in the invasion," said Casados of the campaign that...

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Norman L. Martinez

Eugene Ramirez Casarez

Eugene Casarez, 19 years old.  

World War II

By Joanne Rao Sánchez

Eugene Casarez was just 11 years old when he started working for the Surprise Bakery on E. 7th Street in Austin, Texas.

Little did he realize that his four years of making empanadas, pan de huevo and bizcochitos...

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Drs. Joanne Rao & Mario Sanchez

Peter Casarez

Portrait of Pete Casarez.  

World War II

By Joanne R. Sánchez

Pete Casarez's fondest childhood memory was playing baseball with his brothers, Frank, Eugene and Frutoso (Tuto) at the Catholic church playground, a half block from their home on East 9th Street in Austin, Texas.

...

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Drs. Joanne Rao & Mario Sanchez

Sam Casarez

Sam Casarez  

World War II

By Stephen Stetson

For most of his life, Sam Casarez, an Austin, Texas, native who served as a Merchant Marine in World War II, wasn’t accorded the privileges and benefits of veterans.

Today, 13 years after the Merchant Marines were...

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Porteskcia Kelley

Theresa Herrera Casarez

Theresa Herrera Casarez - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Joanne R. Sanchez

As a child, growing up in Austin, Theresa Herrera Casarez loved to sing, dance and recite poetry. Later, during WWII, she was able to put her talents to work entertaining soldiers at USO clubs and at nearby Camp Swift...

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Drs. Joanne Rao & Mario Sanchez

Julius Casarez

Julius Casarez  

World War II

By Laura Radloff

As a young man, Julius Casarez didn’t know exactly what he was getting himself into when he enlisted in the Army.

"My brother told me that if I enlisted sooner rather than later, I could pick where I wanted to be...

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Rasha Madkour

Joe David Casillas

Joe (left kneeling down).  The picture was taken early in 1946 at Scott, Field, in Villerville, Illinois-now called Scott Airforce.  The abbreviation Tele Type Mechanic (T.T.M.) 426.  

World War II, Political & Civic Engagement

By Nora Ramirez

World War II is over, but the fight against discrimination is far from finished for Joe Casillas, a WWII veteran who lives in San Diego.

His father, Felix Ledesma Casillas, was a migrant worker who came from Jalisco,...

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Rene Zambrano

Ruben Casillas

Ruben Casillas, at Camp Robertson, during basic training for the Infantry.  

World War II

By Alicia Rascon

Ruben Casillas, a World War II veteran, remembers encountering discrimination on a daily basis in his youth.

Looking back, Casillas recalled being excluded from opportunities given to his classmates and still asks, "...

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Rene Zambrano

Thomas Lopez Casso

Thomas Lopez Casso  

World War II

By Sarah Carter

Thomas Casso took off through the jungle after lighting a smoke signal that would tell United States troops where to target the Japanese, who were trailing his company on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.

Casso...

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Steven Rosales

Lauro Castillo

Lauro Castillo - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By the Voces Staff

Lauro Castillo grew up in a poor farming family in South Texas, living in a bare-bones house with a leaky roof.

The U.S. Army provided an escape from poverty but also exposed him to the brutal reality of war...

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Marcos Castillo

Manuel Martinez Castillo

Portrait of Manuel Castillo.  

World War II

By Chandler Elise Race

As Manuel Castillo stood on the landing barge off of Omaha Beach in Normandy, the battle was already in full motion on shore. For Castillo, the reality of the landing was not the glorified or stirring depictions of...

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Erika Martinez

Gilbert Castorena

 

World War II

By Christine Emmot

Growing up in the North Island neighborhood of San Diego, Ca., before World War II, Gilbert Castorena had a childhood filled with good memories of his family, friends and school days.

Those relaxing days changed in...

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Rene Zambrano

Alfredo Castro

Alfredo Castro  

World War II

Alfred Castro was the son of an accomplished musician, who recognized early that Alfred had a natural gift and did all he could to foster the boy’s musical growth.

Castro’s father, Luis Castro, who played the trumpet with the San Antonio...

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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

Ladislao Catalino Castro

Ladislao\L.C.\"Castro in a March 2001 portrait. (Photo by Alan K. Davis)"  

World War II

By Alan K. Davis

From their crippled B-24 bomber, Ladislao "L.C." Castro and the rest of the crew could see the white cliffs of Dover across the English Channel, on March 18, 1944. The fuel gauges read empty. The control cables were severed....

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Alan K. Davis

Zoila Antonia Castillo Castro

Sallie Castro gave this picture of herself in her early 20's to Larislao with the words,\To my darling one and only.\""  

World War II

By Nicole Griffith

 

Sallie Castro is the wife, mother, and grandmother of military men. The walls in her living room are covered with pictures of the men in uniform and medals decorate the bookcases. Mrs. Castro, 74, is a...

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Nicole Griffith

Alfredo A. Castro

Alfredo A. Castro  

World War II

By Erin Neck

Alfred Castro wears a cap that bears his medals on the outside but holds his memories of the war inside.

Now 80 years old, Castro vividly remembers the details of his life before, during and after the war and the men with...

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Laura Loh

Ramiro Castro

Ramiro Castro  

World War II

By Roxanne Telles, California State University, Fullerton

After dropping out of high school, Ramiro Castro was working as an electrician when he was drafted in 1943 into the U.S. Army during World War II. He would go on to use his expertise...

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Cheryl Brownstein-Santiago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juanita Silvas Chavez

 

World War II Read More Taylor Peterson

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

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

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

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

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

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