Reynaldo Lopez R.


Oscar J. Martinez

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1938. Joined the Navy in June of 1956 when he was 18 years old. Was involved in the Bracero Program in the summer of either 1962 or 1963. Retired from the Navy in August, 1976 and presently resides in El Paso.

Summary of Interview

Tells how he joined the Bracero Program; experiences and duties as a bracero; anecdotes of the braceros and working living conditions in the pear ranch; duties in the Navy; countries he visited while in the Navy; experience in Vietnam where he was almost awarded the Purple Heart; some prejudices he encountered; deferential attitudes of the Mexicans when dealing with "gringos."

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

50 minutes

Tape Number

No. 566

Transcript Number

No. 566

Length of Transcript

6 pages

Date Transcribed



Marta McCarthy

Interview Number

No. 566

Terms of Use


566 Lopez, Reynaldo 2.mp3 (339557 kB)
Lopez Interview part 2