OCTOBER IS HISPANIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Enjoy This Oral History Video of Three Hispanic American Veterans
Who Share Their Experiences in Vietnam
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In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, this video highlights the wartime experiences of three Hispanic Americans. Retired Army Major Laura Holguin Pariseau, a Hispanic American, served in Vietnam as an enlisted intelligence specialist from 1969-1972. Retired Marine Colonel Joaquin C. Gracida, was born in Mexico City, enlisted in the Marines as a radio technician, and became a naturalized citizen so that he could attend college with a Marine Corps scholarship before two tours in Vietnam; one as a Platoon Leader, XO, and Commander of K Co. 3/5 Marines, and later as an Advisor. Retired Navy Commander Everett Alvarez Jr., the grandson of immigrants from Mexico, was the first American pilot to be downed in Vietnam when his A-4 Skyhawk was shot down in the immediate aftermath of the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. Alvarez spent more than 8 years as a prisoner of war (POW).
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