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Arnulfo Hernández, Jr., is an attorney in Sacramento and co-author of a book on WW II that focuses on the men of Company E, 141st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 36th Texas Division, 5th Army, who saw action in North Africa, Italy and Southern France. Company E was the only All-Chicano Company in the Army in WW II. The title of the book is, “The Toughest Chicano Fighting Soldiers in WW II!” A memorial in El Paso pays tribute to the Fallen Sons of El Paso of Company E, many of whom paid the ultimate price in the failed attempt to cross the Rapido River in southern Italy in January of 1944.
The company was based in El Paso, Texas, and the majority of its members were from Bowie High School from El Segundo Barrio in the Southside of El Paso, the same school from which Arnulfo graduated years later. Many of the men of company E left high school before graduating to answer the call of duty and serve in WW II. They serve with honor or were killed in action or went missing in action under honorable conditions while fighting the Nazi war machine bent on subjugating those not of the claimed human master Aryan Race. They fought as Americans against a racist Nazi enemy, although they were not always treated as Americans back home before, during and after the war. On July 25, 2014, a special graduation ceremony for the members of Company E will be held at Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas. High School Diplomas will be awarded to 4 survivors of Company E, all in their 90’s. Other “posthumous” High School Diplomas will be presented to widows and next of kin of Company E members. They are all entitled to receive their High School Diploma under Texas State Law.
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