García, Héctor P.

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  • Héctor P. García (1914–96) was a physician, a political activist for Mexican American rights, and a political figure in Texas and the nation from the 1960s through the 1980s. García's family immigrated from Tamaulipas, Mexico, to Mercedes, Texas, when he was very young to flee the upheaval spawned by the Mexican Revolution. García became a medical doctor (as did five of his siblings), and he used his knowledge in Europe during World War II, serving first in the infantry and later in the medical corps and earning the rank of major as well as the Bronze Star.

    Returning to Texas after the war, García became politically active when he saw the way in which returning Mexican American veterans were treated in the aftermath of the war. ...

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