The story of Sergeant Roberto Linderos is a prime example of the Mexican Americans that fought and died for our country in WWII and their struggle to be treated equally. Originally from humble beginnings, the author tells of the prejudice he encounters during a world conflict, where equality is only truly found on the battlefield, where everyones life is at stake. What motivated Mexican American soldiers to fight for their country, even though they were treated as second-class citizens, could only be described and understood through the experiences shared in this book. Letters addressed to and from remote regions of the world known as V-mail or APO (Army Post Office) assured families their loved ones were still alive. On the other hand, a letter from home was a soldiers only means of communication to the outside world and was the greatest motivator and a delight to receive. These APO letters not only kept the soldiers spirits up but were their only link to sanity during the constant violence of a maddening war. Without the morale these letters provided, the war could not have been won.
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About the Author
Orlando Ramírez (1919-2011) was born at the Palo Blanco Ranch in Zapata County. He was the son of Abraham and Sara Ramírez and lived in Hebbronville, Texas. Orlando attended El Colegio Altamirano and graduated third in his class from Hebbronville High School. In 1940 he enlisted in the Army and joined the 37th Field Artillery Battalion attached to the 23rd Infantry under the branch of the 2nd Infantry Division known as the Indian Head. As Corporal and gunner, he participated on D-Day +1 and 24 Battles including the Battle of the Bulge. His Army service was from November 1940 to October 1945. He earned five Bronze Stars and many other awards. Before going overseas, Orlando married his sweetheart, Leonor López. He and Leonor had five children; Priscilla, Gloria, Leonor, Roberto, and David (all college graduates). Orlando worked as a clerk for the Post Office in his hometown. He also coached Little League from 1946-1970. Orlando was one of the founding members and post commander of the V.F.W. Post in his hometown.