Oscar J. Martínez and Sarah E. John
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Born in Mission, Texas, in 1910; was a boxer in his early years, traveled extensively throughout the United Stated, and also was a member of the Merchant Marine; joined the Army in 1942 and again before the Korea Conflick; retired in 1973. Mexican American Congressional Medal of Honor recipient honored by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in El Paso.
Summary of Interview
Biography and his early life and boxing career; experiences in the Merchant Marine; experiences in the Army; events that led to his receiving the Medal of Honor; his experiences after receiving the Medal, his work with the Veterans Administration, and his return to active service in the Army; experiences in Korea; discrimination; thoughts on the Chicano Movement; personal comments.
Date of Interview
Length of Interview
1 ¼ hours
Length of Transcript
Interview with José Lopez by Oscar J. Martínez and Sarah E. John, 1976, "Interview no. 290.2," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.