Macario Garcia

Macario Garcia was a Mexican-born soldier who served in the U.S. military in WWII, earning a Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart. But after his homecoming as a hero, he was involved in an incident which launched a debate about racial discrimination.

President Harry Truman awards the Medal of Honor to Macario Garcia in 1945. (National Archives and Records Administration)

Topics in this Podcast: World War II, wwii, military history, Civil Rights Movement, civil rights, discrimination, 20th century, Medal of Honor, Hispanic and Latino history, biographies