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World War II from the Latino voice


May 27, 2010 at 12:27 a.m.

Benny Martinez, a LULAC historian  of Goliad, served in Korea and remembers veterans who lost their lives on Memorial Day. LULAC, as well as University of Houston-Victoria, will host author, Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez who will speak on her new book, "Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation" on Saturday at UHV.

Benny Martinez served in Korea as the war was ending. Martinez will remember veterans that lost their lives this weekend.

"It's a time to honor all those veterans who died for us to have freedom," said Martinez, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) historian

Author Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez will present her book, "Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation," on Saturday.

"There were half a million Mexicans that served during World War II," said Martinez whose organization and the University of Houston in Victoria will be sponsoring the event.

The book will discuss the role Latinos and Latinas played during Second World War and its aftermath.

"Some said goodbye and didn't come back," said Martinez, who recalls 11 Latino veterans were from Goliad.

Rodriguez's book was developed through interviews conducted with veterans.

Martinez, who will be signing copies of her book, said the event will benefit all.

"It is important for people to know so they can appreciate living in this great country," said Martinez.



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