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Nicanor Aguilar | Voces Oral History Center | The

Dec 29, 2001  · By Claudia Farias Nicanor Aguilar is something of a renaissance man, both as a musician and, at an age when most people would be slowing down, an athlete. But Aguilar’s proudest accomplishment involves his efforts to end discrimination in his West Texas hometown after returning from the war. Born Jan. 10, 1917, in Grand Falls in rural Texas, he spent most of his time helping

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World War II | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) 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 most harrowing battles, including what would come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge, one of the last major ...

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Adan Daniel "Dan" Arellano | Voces Oral History Center ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Dec 13, 2009  · The Navy veteran used the discrimination he experienced as a Mexican American to fuel his desire to teach history so that others do not repeat the mistakes. Arellano was born in San Antonio on March 12, 1947, but his family moved to Austin, Texas, only three weeks later.

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Browse Stories | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Subject Collection Story Interviewed by ; Charley Gonzales Kidder . World War II: By Natasha Verma “Two years, 11 months and 21 days,” World War II veteran Charley Gonzales Kidder said with a smile.

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Ed Idar | Voces Oral History Center | The University of ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Dec 02, 2000  · 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 realize how big the world was, how many societies and cultures there are in this world," Idar said. "Seeing poverty makes you wonder, ‘Why can't

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World War II | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) The Great Depression. World War II. The civil rights movement. Joseph Alcoser lived through these milestones in American history. Yet, he never truly felt that he was part of the country that he fought to defend.... Read More: Rene Zambrano : Moses Aleman . World War II, Korean Conflict

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Posted: (0 seconds ago) 1,250 + recorded interviews Our collections: World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Political and Civil Engagement, and Careers Over 10,000 digitized, high-resolution photos

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Voces Oral History Center | The University of Texas at Austin

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Voces Oral History Center is dedicated to recording and disseminating the stories of US Latinas and Latinos and weaving the many perspectives into our historical narrative at the national, state and local levels. Featured Stories. These are from the Voces of a Pandemic, a collaboration of universities and other institutions across the country ...

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Voces of a Pandemic | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) As this crisis unfolds, the Voces Oral History Center is leading a team of collaborators including institutions of higher education across the country, to record, archive and disseminate interviews to help researchers, journalists and the broader public gain a greater appreciation of the experiences in the Latino community during this historic ...

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Ernesto Pedregón Martinez | Voces Oral History Center ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Jun 28, 2001  · By Nikki MuñozBefore 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 to his becoming a nationally known artist.Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1926 to a hardworking tailor and a mother who was a

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Joe Villa | Voces Oral History Center | The University of ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) By Ashley HordAs an Army veteran, Joe Villa has experienced his ups and down throughout life. From coming close to death as a baby to venturing through Nazi territory, the 83-year old has seen more than what his small Texas town ever expected.Villa was born in Yorktown, Texas, about 75 miles southeast of San Antonio. Villa’s mother died when he was a baby, and his father was

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Cirilo Primo Arteaga | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) May 15, 2010  · By Erin Brady Cirilo Primo Arteaga's parents came to the U.S. in 1918, fleeing the violence that followed the Mexican Revolution. His parents instilled in him a deep sense of patriotism for their adopted country. He also learned an appreciation for Mexican culture that he carried with him all of his life. "I've been blessed," he said, "because I can celebrate Cinco de Mayo and

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Gilbert Louis Delgado | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Nov 03, 2002  · By Andrea CouchGrowing up in Santa Fe, N.M., in the '30s and '40s, Gilberto Delgado saw sign language for the first time: It was how one of his friends communicated with her deaf grandmother.Later, that childhood exposure would lead him to take a role in education for the deaf, aiding him in earning his doctoral degree from Catholic University of America.

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Joseph Alcoser | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) By Eric Garza The Great Depression. World War II. The civil rights movement. Joseph Alcoser lived through these milestones in American history. Yet, he never truly felt that he was part of the country that he fought to defend. Joseph Alcoser, or Joe as he was also known, was born in Melvin, a small town in central Texas, in 1925. One of 10 siblings, he was born the son of a

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John & Eugenia Aleman | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) By Haley DawsonWhen John Aleman became one of very few Latinos to graduate from Sam Houston State University in 1963, he not only overcame the poverty of his youth, but went on to succeed in his subsequent military service and post-Vietnam War community service. His Vietnam War duties as an officer in the courier service at Clark Air Base in the Philippines allowed him to see

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Posted: (0 seconds ago) Stories with interview subjects from our Vietnam collection. Browse all stories to see subjects across all Voces collections.. Displaying 1 - 50 of 71

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Arnulfo D. Azios | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Dec 13, 2002  · By Ann Harbour As the tower bells at the University of Texas at Austin rang "You're in the Army Now," Arnulfo “A.D.” Azios and fellow members of what was called the Enlisted Reserve Corps were called to duty. Judge Azios proudly recalls an article that ran on the front page of The Daily Texan, the university's student newspaper. “Listed Reserve Core Called to Active Duty,”

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Evelio Grillo | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

  Tampa, FL

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Jan 26, 2003  · By Lindsay GrahamRaised 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 closer to white Americans," Grillo said. "We became culturally African American."He went on to attend Dunbar High, an all-black high school in

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Hector Santa Anna | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) May 31, 2003  · By Scott AllisonSay the name "Santa Anna" to most American military historians -- and just about any Texan -- and it's linked to the Mexican general who opposed the Texas Revolution and conquered the Alamo.So it’s somewhat ironic that Hector Santa Anna, the great-great nephew of the Mexican general, enlisted in the Army during World War II, flew 35 missions as a B-17 bomber

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Felix Angel Lopez - Santos | Voces Oral History Center ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Dec 20, 2002  · By Juan de la Cruz Felix López-Santos's early memories of his native Puerto Rico include watching everything float away from his front porch during the big San Felipe storm of 1928. After his Barrio Ceiba was washed away, his family moved to another town, San Lorenzo, where his mother became ill. Moving to Connecticut seven years later was difficult for López--Santos, but he

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POW (Prisoner Of War) | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) By Cheryl Smith Kemp. On July 25, 1944, with 160 hours of B-24 Liberator tail-gunner training under his belt, but no combat-flying experience, Jose M. Salas was picked to fill in with a crew for a flight from a United States base near Torretta, Italy, to Linz Austria.

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Homero Alvarado | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Aug 22, 2002  · By Kristen ClarkHomero Alvarado is a true American hero. Born March 12, 1925, in Vera Cruz, Mexico, Alvarado and his 11 siblings, nine of whom are still living, were raised in a bilingual household by his Italian mother and Mexican father in Laredo, which at the time was famous for its oil and gas production. He was referred to as "La Negra" while growing.

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Posted: (0 seconds ago) The US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal is a research publication created to mine, showcase, and promote the rich field of oral history as it relates specifically to the US Latina and Latino experience. Debuting this fall, this annual volume focuses on specific topics, the first of which is dedicated to Latinos, the Voting Rights Act, and ...

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Frank Segura | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Oct 28, 2005  · Disclaimer: The Voces Oral History Project attempts to secure review of all written stories from interview subjects or family members. However, we were unable to secure that review for this story. We will accept corrections from the interview subject or designated family members. Contact [email protected]

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Leon Leura | Voces Oral History Center | The University of ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Mar 23, 2002  · By ISMAEL MARTINEZIn the beginning of 1944, 22-year-old Tech. Pvt. Leon "Jack" Leura was among the American troops able to cross the raging Rapido River, and help gain control of Italy. That summer, a wounded Leura would be taken prisoner by the Germans, escape and then travel across Russia before he would return home.Leura was in the 36th Division; Company A, 111th combat

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Moises Flores | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) By Deborah BonnDuring a brief trip home from the war in Japan, Moises Flores surprised a whole colony in Mexico that thought he’d been killed in combat.Among those shocked by Flores' return was the sheriff in Chihuahua, Mexico’s Colonia Dublan, the town in which Flores was raised. Although he’d been born 200 miles across the border in Los Angeles, Flores was well known in the

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Felix Longoria | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) May 30, 2007  · By Ashlyn Shadden When Felix Longoria enlisted in the Army in October of 1940 as a 20‐year‐old from the South Texas town of Beeville, he had no idea what he was getting into. Four years later, the United States was in the midst of World War II, and he was receiving the Purple Heart for getting recently wounded in Brest, France. Longoria and his squad loaded up in trucks bound

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Virgilio G. Roel | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Aug 02, 2006  · By Stacy Nelson Post-World War II brought what Virgilio G. Roel termed "The Golden Era" for Mexican Americans. "With the GI Bill, for the first time in the history of our country, and our ethnic experience, Mexican Americans had the opportunity to attend colleges and universities all over the United States" Roel said. For more than six decades he was involved in the betterment

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Adolfo Roberto Ramirez | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) By David M. RamirezOn June 6, 1944, Staff Sergeant Adolfo Roberto “Rusty” Ramirez was a member of the largest invasion force in all of recorded history. He was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division, 116th Regimental Combat Team’s 121st Combat Engineering Battalion. The 29th and 1st Infantry Divisions had been given the mission to assault Omaha beach in Normandy, France.

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Jesus Leyva Armendaríz | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Mar 23, 2002  · By Ellie K. Fehd Jesus Leyva Armendaríz went from the depths of poverty during his Depression-era childhood in El Paso, Texas, to unimagined heights as a member of the famed "Blue Devils" of World War II.Armendaríz served as a medic in Company C, 313th Medical Battalion of the 88th Infantry Division, known as the Blue Devils; so nicknamed because they fought like devils and

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Joe G. Lerma | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Apr 11, 2001  · By Chris NayEven before arriving at the European concentration camps in 1945, Joe Lerma of San Diego and his division could smell the dead."The sight and smell of human death is terrible," he said.His division's job was to inform the camp survivors that the war had ended."The people were afraid to come out," he said, describing the difficulty in convincing the men and women

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Juan Lujan | Voces Oral History Center | The University of ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Oct 18, 2003  · By Joel WeickgenantAs 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 a promise Lujan wasn’t able to keep."I was afraid the war would be over, and I would not get the chance to go," he said.

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Eduardo Cavazos Garza | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Apr 20, 2011  · Garza's father was a teacher. He taught seventh and eighth grade math, science and history. He was one of the first educators in Texas to be certified to teach special education. He also drove the school bus to the campus 19 miles northwest of El Indio.

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Hector Acedo | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

  San Diego, CA

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Jan 04, 2003  · By Melanie Kudzia Hector Acedo was 19 and World War II had been in full swing for three years when an older friend who’d already been drafted said: "Let's join the Navy." Acedo’s response: "Sure, well let's go." After getting sworn in, the two friends were told to be at the bus station at midnight, where they’d leave for boot camp in San Diego, Calif.

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José Luis "Louis" Villalobos Jr. | VOCES Oral History ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Aug 16, 2010  · The Voces Oral History Project attempts to secure review of all written stories from interview subjects or family members. However, we were unable to secure that review for this story. We will gladly accept corrections from the interview subject or designated family members. Please contact [email protected]

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Pete Dimas | Voces Oral History Center | The University of ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Jan 04, 2003  · By Shelley HiamMemories of childhood and his mother's mouth-watering cooking remain fresh on Pete Dimas' mind. Sopapillas, chili with carne sauce and delicious beans are some of the foods he remembers."Mother was an excellent cook. You name it, she had it. She could do breakfast too," Dimas said.Although he grew up in the Depression, Dimas says his family didn't have a hard

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Alfred A. De La Cruz | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) May 03, 2008  · By Donnie Hogan Alfred Antonio De La Cruz made $2 per week working as a radio technician, while the military paid $17 per month, so joining the Army was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. De La Cruz says he has always had a passion for gaining knowledge and a determination to never be complacent. Growing up poor in San Antonio, Texas, he recalls his parents insisting he get

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Isidro Ramos | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Jul 13, 2007  · By Rachel VallejoAs his unit hit the beaches of Guadalcanal, a small island in the South Pacific, 18-year-old Isidro Ramos witnessed for the first time the bloody price of war: dump trucks full of Marines’ bodies “stacked up like wood,” Japanese soldiers littering the ground. A moment of insight washed over the private first class that day in 1942 as he said to himself: “There

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German Abadia-Olmeda | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Jun 17, 2010  · By Ximena Mejorado Cal State, Fullerton When he got his draft notice at the age of 18, Germán Abadía’s first thought was to go into hiding. The Puerto Rican native said he did not understand why he needed to go to Vietnam to fight a war, which he knew nothing about. His mother, Gilia Olmeda, changed his mind. If he was called to the Army, he had to go or he would be jailed, he

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Julian Medina | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Aug 04, 2007  · 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 fight. I was in every battle,” said Medina, who was part of the Army’s 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division in 1943.

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Ramón Galindo | Voces Oral History Center | The University ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Sep 27, 2000  · By Marta McGonagleIt was May 8, 1945. The war in Europe was over, but not for Ramón G. Galindo. After the death of Adolph Hitler, it was Galindo's 571st Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Battalion that was stationed at Hitler's headquarters. As Galindo stepped into the building, the first thing he saw was a large swastika, the powerful symbol of the Nazis.

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John Rubalcava | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Sep 10, 2000  · By Alexandra Ritchie Frigid nights out in the snow. Soldiers huddled together for warmth, exposed to the elements and at the mercy of German firepower. Mangled bodies of half-dead soldiers screaming, "Medic, medic!" into the dark. For more than 40 years, these memories have haunted John Rubalcava, who lost countless friends on the battlefield of Europe during World War II.

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Zoila Antonia Castillo Castro | Voces Oral History Center ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) 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 true patriot. Zoila Antonia Castillo, "Sallie," was born in San Marcos in 1927. Her father died of a heart attack a month after her birth, leaving her mother

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José Blas García | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) By Doralis Perez-Soto In December 1941, 18-year-old José Blas García traveled from his neighborhood of Trastalleres, an area among the swamps and mangrove trees near Caño de Martín Peña in Santurce, Puerto Rico, with four friends to enlist in the military at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Of the five, only two were chosen, and young García was one of them.

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Luis Leyva | Voces Oral History Center | The University of ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Nov 23, 2001  · By Monica Flores Feeling like a full-fledged American despite lacking a U.S. birth certificate, Luis Leyva never let his Mexican citizenship status affect his dedication to his adopted homeland. Born to Mexican parents Guadalupe Ramirez and Josefina Lopez, Leyva was raised in Laredo, Texas, by adoptive parents Jose Angel and Francisca Leyva.

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Ladislao Catalino Castro | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Mar 01, 2001  · By Alan K. DavisFrom 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. And a 4-foot section of the left wing was missing.The bomber began a slow downward spiral toward occupied France; there was no way to make

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Narciso Garcia | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Mar 17, 2001  · By Scott ReisterTo become an Air Cadet in the Army's World War II training program, one had to display physical and mental superiority. Cadets had to be the best of the best, and follow a path of intense training in preparation for military service. Former Staff Sgt. Narciso Garcia knew he had what it took, including the ability to remain humble."Cadets were treated like

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Saragosa Garcia | Voces Oral History Center | The ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Nov 18, 2002  · This marked the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, which has been called the worst battle in history in terms of losses to American forces. More than a million men fought in the snow, and at least 19,000 Americans died. One leader said to his men, "There are two types of people who will stay: the dead and those who are going to die."

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