On this Veteran’s Day we remember…

…Daniel García and Manuel Alonso (above), and all the other children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren of Spanish immigrants who were or are veterans. Daniel’s parents owned and ran Villa Rodríguez in Plattekill; Manuel, who lives in Astoria, Queens, is the son of the owners of Villa Alonso, in Walkill, NY…

 

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…The crucial role by Spanish Civil War exiles in the French resistance, the liberation of Paris and the ultimate defeat of fascism/nazism.

Clipping from the Volunteer for Liberty (above), Journal of the International Brigade Association, October, 1944. Photo of half-track from Leclerc’s armoured division bearing the name “Guernica” rolling down the Champs Elysées into a liberated Paris…

 

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Baldomero López (above), born in Tampa, Florida, son of Spanish immigrants.
Medal of Honor 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 nextpillbox 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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…Jordi Farragut (above) was born in Menorca, Spain in 1755. A merchant marine, as a young man he captained ships plying the waters between the Spanish Caribbean (Veracruz, Mexico, Havana, Cuba) and New Orleans. He served as a lieutenant in the South Carolina Navy during the American War of Independence. His son Admiral David “Damn the Torpedoes” Farragut would also have a distinguished career in the Navy, serving in the American Civil War…

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