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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Title:
The Chicano In World War II
Program #
1977-05
Theme:
Identity

Series:
History
Host:
Richard Goodman
Guest:
Richard Goodman
Date:
Jan 14, 1977

The Chicano in World War II

Host Richard Goodman examines the role of Chicanos in World War II and the effects of their participation on their community. Goodman explains that Chicanos were the most decorated ethnic group of World War II, but they have been the least recognized. Goodman describes several men who won awards for their bravery and skill, including Jose Martinez and Manuel Gonzalez.

The all-Chicano company “E” of the 141st regiment of 76th division of Texas one of the most significant infantry companies in the Mediterranean during the war. The soldiers of E company fought hard on the frontlines of the war in Italy. In 1944, they were ordered to cross the Rapido River and attack a German defensive position. While on patrol the company saw one of the strongest German fortifications they had ever seen, and tried to warn their superiors. They were ordered to cross anyway, and the entire company was killed in action. Raul Morin has argued that the army hushed up the incident and the company is not mentioned in any of the army’s histories.

Once back in the states, Chicano veterans found that the war had given them a newfound pride in their citizenship and identity, and they resented the continued discrimination they faced. In the wake of violent crimes against Chicano Veterans they formed civil rights and veteran's advocacy, some of which still exist to this day.

 

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