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Oct6
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Fighting on Two Fronts: The Mexican American Soldier Experience in WWII


An estimated 400,000 Mexican Americans served in the US armed forces during World War II and compared to other ethnic and racial groups in the United States, Mexican Americans served in disproportionately high numbers in frontline combat positions. Despite their efforts and sacrifices for their country during the war, these men continued to face discrimination when they returned from war.
Join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and authors Carlos Harrison and Dave Gutierrez on Thursday, October 6th from 6-7pm for a conversation moderated by Hernan Fratto, news anchor with Telemundo Chicago as they discuss the role of Mexican American soldiers during World War II, the communities that they came from, and how these men fought, not just in battle, but to be accepted in an American society that remained biased against them even after they returned home as heroes.
Carlos Harrison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor and writer of more than a dozen books in English and Spanish. A former national and international network television correspondent, Harrison also has written two award-winning television documentaries and seven feature-length screenplays, as well as hundreds of newspaper articles and dozens of magazine pieces. He is the author of The Ghosts of Hero Street: How One Small Mexican-American Community Gave So Much in World War II and Korea, a true story about eight men from a single street in a railroad town called Silvis, Ill., a tiny stretch of dirt barely a block-and-a-half long, and their acts of bravery that gave it the name it’s known by today: Hero Street.
Dave Gutierrez is a speaker, writer and author of the book Patriots From the Barrio, the true WWII story of the men that served in the U.S. Army’s all Mexican American combat unit. Dave’s articles have been published in newsletters, magazines, newspapers, and online publications. In 2019, he was named President of Nuevo Mundo Historical and Genealogical Society of Silicon Valley.
Hernán Fratto is a senior, immigrant journalist with over 25 years of experience. He is the News Anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Chicago from Monday to Friday at 11:00 am, 4:00 pm, and 4:30 pm on Telemundo Chicago/WSNS, the local station serving the Spanish-speaking community in the Chicago area. He is an Emmy Award winning journalist, with four other nominations for his work as an anchor and reporter in Telemundo Chicago.

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