I’m honoring two great Americans in today’s “Today in Texas History” post.
Remember and Honor our military always. Freedom isn’t free.
Today in 1923, Cleto Rodríguez was born. A native Texan from San Marcos, he and John N. Reese, Jr., of Pryor, Oklahoma, killed 82 enemy soldiers thus facilitating the defeat of the Japanese at their strong point in WWII. Rodriguez became the first Mexican American GI to win the Medal of Honor in the South Pacific in WWII as he “materially aided the advance of U.S. troops in Manila.”
Also today in 1968, PFC Milton Lee of San Antonio earned the Medal of Honor for heroism for overrunning enemy positions and providing covering fire for his platoon during the Vietnam War. He died that day from the wounds he had suffered. President Nixon presented the medal to his grandmother, Mrs. Frank B. Campion, on April 7, 1970.
Both Rodriguez and Lee are buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
“Give me an army of West Point graduates and I’ll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies, and I’ll win the war.” ~ General George S. Patton