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 Gustavo Charles “Gus” Garcia

Gustavo Charles “Gus” Garcia

Birth
Laredo, Webb County, Texas, USA
Death 3 Jun 1964 (aged 48)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section V Site 2050
Memorial ID 682125 · View Source
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Attorney/Civil Rights Activist.
Mexican-American Gus Gustavo grew up in San Antonio, graduated high school in 1932 as the first valedictorian at Thomas Jefferson High, and received an academic scholarship to University of Texas where he received a bachelor's degree and went on to obtain a law degree in 1938. While serving as a prosecutor, he was drafted and became a First Lieutenant in World War II and served in Japan with the judge advocate corps. After the war, he contributed to the creation of the United Nations. When a California case was ruled upon to stop the segregation of children of Mexican-descent in California, he filed a similar one in Texas that made the segregation of children of Mexican descent in Texas illegal. He was recognized for representing the family of Felix Longoria and they were able to bury him at Arlington National Cemetery. He was active in many groups and activities and was declared "Latin of the Year" in 1952 by the University of Texas Alba Club. He is most known for representing Pete Hernandez in Hernandez v. State of Texas. Along with Carlos Cadena, a writ of certiorari was filed with the United States Supreme Court for review because an all-white jury decided the verdict. He appeared before the Supreme Court on January 11, 1954. The Supreme Court voted unanimously in favor of Hernandez. He was buried with full military honors arranged by the League of United Latin American Citizens who established the Gus C. Garcia Memorial Fund. There was a San Antonio Junior High School named after him and the Gus Garcia Memorial Foundation was established to sponsor programs and other media events.


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Gravesite Details 1ST LT US Army, World War II

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  • Maintained by: Glendora
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 682125
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gustavo Charles “Gus” Garcia (24 Jul 1915–3 Jun 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 682125, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Glendora (contributor 46931045) .