On Veteran's Day, a Personal Thank You

Associate Professor of History Lorena Oropeza is quoted by NBC News.

In 1941, Samuel was a brash 16-year-old, who, by his own admission, "didn't know anything. But he knew one thing for sure: He wanted to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He wasn't unlike the thousands of Latinos who served in WW II but don't like to show their scars or talk about their experiences. By one Texas state demographer's estimate, as many as 500,000 Mexican-Americans served in that war. What would prompt so many to join the war effort? 

Because military service was seen as "a road to economic uplift and inclusion in U.S. society," Lorena Oropeza, a University of California-Davis history professor, said by email.

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