The contributions of Hispanics in this countries military conflicts has always been ignored. That is until recent times. Recently President Obama has awarded the deserved medals to many of Hispanic heroes going as far back as WWII.
I was recently doing research on Spain’s involvement during the Revolutionary was. As you may remember a time back I wrote a short post titled “Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution, 1779-1783, The 8-volume Series” witch is an awesome resource and many ancestors are mentioned there. These mentions of my ancestors intrigued me and thus I have been trying to find the One Peso Contribution Rolls, which I have yet to find. If you have any information let me know.
It was through this quest that I came across thea PDF document tiled “U.S. Latino Patriots: From the American Revolution to Afghanistan, An Overview By Refugio I. Rochin and Lionel Fernandez”. The authors point out the importance that Hispanics/Latinoshave played not just in the creation of this country but also on it’s defense and policing efforts in other countries.
They also provide examples of just a few Hispanics that contributed in each of these conflicts.
The Military Conflicts mentioned are:
- American Revolution
- War of 1812
- U.S.-Mexican War
- Civil War
- Indian War Campaigns
- Interim 1866-1870
- 1871 Korean Campaign
- Interim 1871-1898
- Spanish-American War
- Philippine Insurrection
- China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion)
- Interim 1901-1911
- Action Against Outlaws—Philippines 1911
- Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz) 1914
- Haiti 1915
- Interim 1915-16
- Dominican Campaign
- World War I
- Haiti Campaign 1919-1920
- Second Nicaraguan Campaign
- Interim 1920-1940
- World War II
- Korean War
- Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Iraq)
I know you will find this document to be very interesting, it is 26 pages long. Don’t miss Appendix I since it contains a list of Hispanic Medal of Honor Recipients (note recent recipients are not listed). Appendix II contains many links to resources that will help you with your ancestors military research.
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Where any of your ancestors involved in any of these military Conflicts? If yes let me know about them in the comments.