World War II

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Derlin Rodriguez Loya

Derlin Rodriguez Loya  

World War II

By Evelyn Ngugi

Four days after his eighteenth birthday, rookie soldier Derlin Loya set sail for Germany on May 18, 1946.

By that time, Germany and Japan had already surrendered to Allied Forces, so Loya never had to face day-to-day...

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Adolfo Dominguez

Guadalupe R. Loya

Lupe Loya  

World War II

By Andres Quintero

When Guadalupe "Lupe" Loya, Jr. was drafted into World War II, he was working at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Wyoming.

Loya returned to his hometown of Beeville, Texas, before heading to San Antonio to meet...

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Alcario Alvarado

Placido Jose Lozano

 

World War II

By Andrew Stark, St. Bonaventure University and Alicia Machuca, Cal State Fullerton

On Dec. 7, 1941, Placido Jose Lozano was at a movie theater, enjoying a soda and 25-cent popcorn with his friends. Suddenly the film stopped, and the...

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Mike Zambrano

Augustin Lucio

Augustin Lucio  

World War II

By Denise Chávarri

In the Army, Agustin Lucio, a 10th-grade dropout from a farming community outside San Marcos, Texas, noticed that many other young soldiers were educated or had finished high school. So, while in training, he decided to...

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Denise Chávarri

Juan Lujan

Juan Lujan  

World War II

By Joel Weickgenant

As a 20-year-old at the end of 1942, Juan Lujan remembers thinking World War II was passing him by. He wanted to participate in the war effort, but he’d promised his mother he wouldn't volunteer.

In the end, it was...

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Joel Weickgenant

Lorenza Terrones Lujano

 

World War II

By Katie Woody

Lorenza Terrones Lujano has battled prejudice, assumed a traditionally male role as an athlete and worked diligently to send all four of her children to college, an opportunity she never had.

Lujano was born Sept. 5,...

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Patricia Aguirre

Lazaro Lupian

Portrait of Larazo Lupian dedicated to his sister.  

World War II

By Alison Kelley

Lazaro Lupian doesn't think his accomplishments during World War II were a big deal; the only true war heroes, he says, are the ones that don't come back.

Some would disagree, especially family members who still...

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Rene Zambrano

Johnnie Marino

Johnnie Marino  

World War II

By Robert Mayer

Johnnie Marino was working as a tinsmith in Houston, having learned the trade from President Roosevelt's National Youth Administration program, when he heard about Hitler's running amok in Europe.

In October of 1940,...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Alberto Ochoa Marquez

Alberto Ochoa Marquez  

World War II

By Tara Wilcox-G.

Alberto Marquez remembers an autumn day in Houston in 1942 when he and a friend went out for hot dogs and, by the time they returned home, they’d decided to volunteer to fight in World War II.

While...

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Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez  

World War II

By Sarah Adams

Luis Martinez has had a hand in history.

He participated in one of the more famous New Deal projects, witnessed D-Day from the English shores and attended Gen. George S. Patton's funeral. But what he remembers most as...

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Nicole Cruz

Jose Fuljencio Martinez

 

World War II

By Tony Cantú

Jose Fuljencio Martinez remembers the minutest details of his tour of duty's defining moment, his unit's surrender at Bataan, recalling virtually every tear and each bead of sweat he shed as he faced his captors.

"I...

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Rea Ann Trotter

Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez  

World War II

By BROOKE MEHARG

Juan Martinez smiled as he remembered receiving letters from proud siblings while he was stationed in the Philippines, telling him he was in their prayers.

"Thanks to God that their prayers went up to heaven,"...

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Celina Moreno

Raymundo Rafael Martinez

Raymundo Rafael Martinez  

World War II

By Laken Litman

One would think returned war veterans would try blocking battle out of their minds forever. But that’s not at all the case with Raymundo Rafael Martinez.

Having served as a Tech Sergeant in the Army’s 807th Engineer...

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Megan Beck

Ernesto Pedregón Martinez

Ernesto Pedregón Martinez  

World War II

By Nikki Muñoz

Before he reached the age of 22, Ernesto Pedregón Martinez had already worked as a painter of bullfighting posters, helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp and returned home to start a new life, which would eventually lead...

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Jeffrey Lee Johnson

Raul Baca Martinez

 

World War II

By Taylor Fishytnt

Raul B. Martinez spent four years in the Army’s Combat Corps of Engineers in World War II.

The combat engineers went in first, then the assault troops. Their job: keep the Army moving.

“Our unit built new...

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Jose Figueroa

Raul Mata Martinez

Raul Mata Martinez  

World War II

By Brian Villalobos

Raul Martinez's hands, thick, square and accented by a crest of jagged, walnut-sized knuckles, don’t seem to match his large, soft eyes.

Over the past 76 years, these hands have handled everything from cement to...

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Robert Mayer

Trinidad G. Martinez

 

World War II

By David Muto

Trinidad Martinez remembers the little things.

Like the long list of vegetables he helped his family grow on their ranch in South Texas before World War II broke out.

Thoughts like that punctuate Martinez's...

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Erika Martinez

Tomas Martinez

Tomas Martinez  

World War II

By Celina Moreno

Tomás Martinez, a veteran of the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge who became a barber, has lived by a "do-it-yourself" philosophy since his youth in southern New Mexico.

Born Dec. 21, 1923, to Amador...

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Marcello Salcido

Augustine Martinez

Augustine Martinez  

World War II

By Angela Macias

Augustinee Martinez knew little about being a solider when his 65th Infantry Division reached La Havre, France.

Though Martinez trained at Camp Shelby in Mississippi, and then in France for more than a month before hitting...

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Angela Macias

Ascencion Martinez

 

World War II

By Anthony Underwood

Just 14 miles south of Waco lies the town of Lorena, Texas --- home to World War II Veteran Ascencion "Chon" Martinez.

Born in Acampo Guanajuato, Mexico, Martinez and his family moved to the United States when...

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Elsie Schaffer Martinez

Elsie Schaffer Martinez  

World War II

By Kimberly Wied

Elsie Martinez saw a lot of World War II, but she never left the country and can't talk about it.

"The things we saw, and the people that came back, it was horrible," said Martinez, recalling her work in a high-...

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Raquel C. Garza

Porfirio Escamilla Martinez

 

World War II

By Yazmin Lazcano

The experience of stepping over hundreds of bodies -- the sounds of mine blasts, surf pelting the coast and bullets whizzing overhead filling his ears -- is as vivid to Porfirio Martinez today as it was 55 years ago....

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Val Martinez

 

World War II

By Emma Graves-Fitzsimmons

Nothing prepared Val Martinez for the icy winter night he landed in Marseilles, France, with the 103rd Infantry Division to prepare for combat in World War II. Martinez would spend more than nine months as a tank...

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William Luna

Juan Lugo Martinez

Juan L. Martinez, circa 1942-43. Alaska.  

World War II

Tribute provided by Yolanda Guerra, daughter of Mr. Martinez.

While he lived much of his youth during the Great Depression, Juan Lugo Martinez always talked about happy times, daughter Yolanda Martinez Guerra recalled in a tribute provided...

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Juan Martinez

Portrait of Juan Martinez Jr.  

World War II

By Meredith Barnhill

Juan Martinez, Jr. is the embodiment of the patriotism Mexican Americans demonstrated during his time in the Army.

Born Nov. 20, 1922, in El Paso, Texas, to Juan Martinez, Sr. and Sebastiana Valdez Martinez, he...

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Eladio Martinez

 

World War II

When Eladio Martinez was growing up in Dallas, Texas, education was a priority. His father was a laborer and inspired his children to learn. Like his three younger siblings, Martinez graduated from Dallas Technical High School. Growing up, the...

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John Anastacio Martinez

John Anastacio Martinez  

World War II

By Christopher Trout

At home in Houston in the 1940s, Johnnie Martinez was a well-known entertainer. He eventually would own a nightclub, lead his own big band, the Johnnie Martinez Band, and even own his own record label, Alameda.

...

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Alfonso L. Matta

 

World War II

By Christina Tran

When he became vice chairman of Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1990, Alfonso Matta would recall his closest experience with a railcar, when he was a 14-year-old on a bike.

“The railcar – we had rail then...

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Henry McDonnell

Henry McDonnell  

World War II

In 1945, Henry McDonnell battled through Germany as a part of the 17th Airborne Division; 60 years later, he returned to Europe with his sons.

Henry and his three sons, Bernard, Henry Jr. and Mark, traveled to the Netherlands in 2005 so...

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Julian Medina

Julian Medina - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Pierre Bertrand

It seems as if Army infantryman Julian Medina, who was drafted in 1943, was on the frontlines of every major World War II European campaign, from the Normandy Invasion to the Battle of the Bulge.

“I was in every...

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Jenny Achilles

Jess Medina

Jess Medina  

World War II

By Sarah Kleiner

Jess Medina witnessed death for the first time as a little boy when he saw a man get run over by a streetcar.

Because of this experience, Medina says he had no fear when he had to piece together bodies of fellow...

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Ernesto Portillo

Joe Medina

 

World War II

By Naomi Price

Joe Borunda Medina was fresh out of Wiley High School in Wiley, Colo., when he was inducted into the Army in June of 1943.

Initially drafted, Borunda says he received a notice several weeks later that he was no longer...

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Steven Rosales

Jose Medina-Negron

Jose Medina-Negron  

World War II

By Erin Brady

Puerto Rican Jose Medina-Negrón put college on hold when he volunteered to join the United States Army on July 15, 1943. He simply wanted to do his part, and says he didn’t know he was on the road to his future career....

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Rafael C. Medrano

Rafael C. Medrano  

World War II

By Kaitlyn Clement

Rafael Cantu Medrano left his Texas hometown to join the military in 1940. Four years later, he landed at a Normandy beach four days after D-Day. He was wounded in combat and was awarded a Bronze Star.

Medrano...

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Rafael A. Medrano

Manuel Salazar Mejia

Manuel Salazar Mejia  

World War II

By Brooke West

World War II interrupted Manuel Salazar Mejia's academic endeavors when, as an 18-year-old high school sophomore, he enlisted in the Army in May of 1942.

One of five children born to immigrants from Zacatecas, Mexico,...

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Joe Olague

Juan Mejia

Juan Mejia  

World War II

By Frank Trejo

From childhood poverty in South Texas through the Battle of the Bulge, one of World War II's bloodiest conflicts, Juan Mejia proved he was a survivor.

Mejia's wartime experiences included being listed as missing-in-...

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Laura Barberena

Andrew Soria Melendrez

Andrew Soria Melendrez - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Voces Oral History Project

Andrew Melendrez lost his mother at 9 and his father a few years later. By 19, he had been drafted into the Army and would see brutal combat in Europe during World War II. He fought in some of the war's...

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Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Nemesio Mena

Nemesio Mena  

World War II

By Danielle Flahrity

As his B-24 bomber turned to begin its bombing run, radio operator Nemesio Mena would carefully stand on the catwalk over the bomb bay and take pictures of the damage below.

After the bomb run, he would have to...

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Luis A. Saenz

Alvino Mendoza

Alvino Mendoza and Rebecca Vasquez pose for a studio photograph in Austin, Texas, in April of 1946 before the two were married. Mendoza was on his last leave at home.  

World War II

By Haldun Morgan

"We were in Saipan when I had my first taste of combat. Not combat, [but] of bombs being dropped on us, trying to sink us. And I'm staring at the airplanes dropping, and I'm sure everyone is gonna hit us."

Before...

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Haldun Morgan

Antonia Meza

 

World War II

By Rachel Gor

In Antonia Meza's day, girls had chaperones accompany them on dates and stayed home with their mothers to make tortillas. Today, Meza's own granddaughters spend entire weekends with their boyfriends, and even she buys...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Juan Meza

 

World War II

By Ignacio Laguarda

It was New Year's Eve in 1944 when Soldier First Class Juan Meza discovered Germans had occupied an abandoned college in France -- the same building where he and five other soldiers were resting.

"We were...

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Erika Martinez

José Pablo Miramontes

José Pablo Miramontes  

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

Joel C. Mojica

Joel C. Mojica  

World War II

By Rachel Fleischman

Before he was 20 years old, Joel C. Mojica had fought in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, and had a Purple Heart medal to prove it.

Mojica was an Army sergeant during the war, and, like many young...

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Ernest J. Montoya

 

World War II

By Isis Romero

While many 18-year-olds are getting ready for college and planning their senior trips, teenagers living in the early 1940s got ready for something else, and took trips of a different sort.

Ernest J. Montoya was one of...

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Rea Ann Trotter

Juanita Tapia Montoya

Juanita Tapia Montoya  

World War II

By Alicia Rascón

While scores of Latinos served their country valiantly during World War II, many women did their part on the home front.

Juanita Tapia Montoya vividly remembers wartime rationing back home during these years, when...

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Adrianna Lujan

Maclovio Montoya

 

World War II

By Gilbert Song

Born March 15, 1926, Maclovio Montoya experienced the Great Depression and military duty in World War II. Then it was off to the Pacific for the Korean War. However, it was in his golden years when he fought his greatest...

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Violeta Dominguez

Miguel Morado

Mike Morado  

World War II

By Sarah Griffin

While he sat in his foxhole, 23-year-old Mike Morado was scared and cold, and wondering if he would survive World War II or even make it to his 24th birthday.

Little did he know that his moment of fear and...

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Valerie Martinez

Gloria Flores Moraga

Gloria Monaga - Voces Oral History Project  

World War II

By Raquel C. Garza

Gloria Flores Moraga defied many social norms in her lifetime: She moved out on her own while single, attended college when most women were expected to stay home and even worked as a disc jockey at the first all-Spanish...

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Violeta Dominguez

Pete Moraga

Pete Moraga  

World War II

By Yvonne Lim

Growing up in the segregated town of Tempe, Ariz., during the late 1930s, Peter "Pete" Moraga recalls feeling nervous about public speaking.

Despite those early fears, Moraga, a World War II Navy veteran who served in...

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Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Jesus Humberto Morales

 

World War II

By Lindsay Fitzpatrick

Jesus Humberto Morales survived 11 months unharmed in the jungles of New Guinea. It wasn’t until after that, in the Philippines, when he got hurt.

Shrapnel hit Morales and his partner as they were reloading a...

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Maro Robbins