Latino American Civil Rights By Felix Longoria

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Over the past 50 or so years great strides have been made on the subject of Latino-American civil rights. The first pivotal victory for Latin-American civil rights was labeled the “Longoria Affair” and would lead to the opportunity of having Latin-American individuals hold offices in the political sphere of America. It is unfortunate that it does not get the recognition it deserves in the annals of American civil rights. Felix Longoria is a name that should be recognizable to the general public, but, sadly, it is not. This young father and husband answered the call of duty in November of 1944 and after basic training, was immediately shipped off to fight in the Philippines. Serving as an infantryman, he volunteered to join a patrol that was to weed out and exterminate enemy snipers. On June 16th, 1945, he would give the ultimate sacrifice for his nation while on this particular patrol. According to the reports that his family received the war department found that the cause of death occurred when a mortar was fired towards him and half of his body was eviscerated. Since the war effort was still ongoing, it would be three years before his body would be able to come home to Three Rivers, Texas for a proper burial. In November 1948, Beatrice, the widow of Felix Longoria, got word from the army that his remains would be returning stateside through San Francisco. This came as a surprise since it had been so long since any information had come down the pipeline. She knew

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