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94-year-old U.S. Army World War II Veteran Guadalupe Garza leads the Pledge of Allegiance

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L-R: Hidalgo County Veterans Service Officer Felix Rodriguez, Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, Sylvia Garza, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez, Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu, Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes, and center, Guadalupe F. Garza.
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EDINBURG – United States Army Veteran Guadalupe F. Garza led the Pledge of Allegiance at today’s Commissioners Court.

Private Garza served from 1944 – 1946.

Mr. Garza is 94 years old and was born in January 1926 in Yorktown, Texas.  In 1937, his family moved to Elsa.  He attended schools in Edinburg, Monte Alto, and Elsa.  As a child, he and his father worked in the fields as farm laborers until 1944 and was drafted by the U.S. Army at 18. After training, he was shipped to Europe where he fought with the 415th Infantry Regiment as a Rifleman.  

He received several medals and decorations including the Combat Infantry Badge and two Bronze Stars for valor.  After being discharged in 1946 he returned to Elsa where he became a farmer. In 1954, he married Esther B. Garza (deceased) and was blessed with three children.  

Mr. Garza currently lives on a farm in Elsa and raises cattle.  When physically possible, he is active in the Elsa V.F.W. post #7473 and enjoys visiting with friends and family.  

Hidalgo County thanks him and all veterans for their service.

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