|Birth: ||May 19, 1931|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 1951|
Death in Battle of Florencio G Flores More than Statistic, He was Harlingen Boy
Pvt. Florencio G Flores, First Marine Division, son of Mrs. Josefina Flores of Harlingen was killed in action in Korea, Nov. 21.
To those who do not know Florencio or his family, this is just another statistic, and the public has become used to statistics of this kind in ten years.
But Florencio Flores was a little boy in this community just a few years ago. He went to Alamo school and played football with the other boys: maybe some of them are in high school now, for Florencio was only 20 when he was killed. He boxed and probably even fought with them because boys always fight, and he was a typical boy.
He couldn't afford to go to high school and between the call of adventure and the desire for security he joined the Marines.
That was Oct 6, 1948, when he was only 17, He liked it: it was exciting and gave him the opportunity to indulge in sports which he loved. He was good enough to win a boxing championship when he was stationed in Guam. The Marine Corps gave him and award of merit in athletics.
Ultimately he was shipped to Korea, and moved here and there along the shifting fight front. Nov 21 he was up front again and wrote a letter.
"The Reds much think this place is sacred because they don't seem to be doing any fighting here," he wrote to his mother.
Days later another letter came from the commandant of the Marines Corps. It began with the words, "We regret to inform you-"
But no matter what words were used it still added up to heartbreak for one family.
Santiago Flores (1896 - 1981)
Josephina G Flores (1902 - 1982)
Harlingen City Cemetery
Plot: Row 17 - 96D - 2
Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Nov 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31360724