On This Memorial Day: Contribuciones y sacrificios de inmigrantes e hijos de inmigrantes

-Baldomero López nacido en Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, hijo de asturianos, galardonado póstumamente con la Medalla De Honor, la más alta condecoración del país, por su heroísmo en la Guerra de Corea.

Text of President Truman’s citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Marine platoon commander of Company A, in action against enemy aggressor forces. With his platoon 1st Lt. Lopez was engaged in the reduction of immediate enemy beach defenses after landing with the assault waves. Exposing himself to hostile fire, he moved forward alongside a bunker and prepared to throw a hand grenade into the next pillbox whose fire was pinning down that sector of the beach. Taken under fire by an enemy automatic weapon and hit in the right shoulder and chest as he lifted his arm to throw, he fell backward and dropped the deadly missile. After a moment, he turned and dragged his body forward in an effort to retrieve the grenade and throw it. In critical condition from pain and loss of blood, and unable to grasp the hand grenade firmly enough to hurl it, he chose to sacrifice himself rather than endanger the lives of his men and, with a sweeping motion of his wounded right arm, cradled the grenade under him and absorbed the full impact of the explosion. His exceptional courage, fortitude, and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon 1st Lt. Lopez and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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-Para los redactores y lectores de España Libre, periódico español publicado en Brooklyn, la Segunda Guerra Mundial no era más que una continuación de la lucha antifascista que se había librado en suelo español entre 1936-39/ For the writers and readers of España Libre, a Spanish weekly published in Brooklyn, WWII was a continuation of the struggle against fascism that had begun on Spanish soil between 1936 and 1939. –España Libre, 25 de diciembre de 1942.

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-Angel Alonso, de Nevares, Asturias y Consuelo Súarez de Cuadroveña, Asturias, se despiden de su hijo Manuel. Manuel estuvo en la Navy del 5 de noviembre de 1941 ald 8 de febrero de 1946.

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-Emiliano Salcines, de Laredo, Cantabria, dirigió la venta de War Bonds (bonos de la guerra) en West Tampa durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, esfuerzo que explica, en parte, la existencia de Salcines Park en la misma esquina que antaño ocupaba el West Tampa Department Store, regentado por D. Emiliano y su esposa, Juanita. (foto de Salcines Park arriba.)

 

 

 

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