New York State Archives, NYSA_B0808-85_Gonzalez_Benjamin_03722930
World War I service card, Form No. 724-2 A. G. O., listing personal information, organizations served in, ranks held, engagements, wounds, and discharge date for Benjamin Gonzalez, ca. 1919.
Where was this soldier born?
How long did he serve overseas?
What was his rank?
Was this soldier wounded?
How old was the soldier when he joined the U.S. Army?
Was he discharged from the service before or after the armistice?
What was the extent of Hispanic involvement in the Korean War? The Vietnam War?
Research the names and ranks of the highest-ranking officers of Latino descent. Make a poster of your findings. Describe their contributions.
Science: Research the 1918 influenza epidemic. How did it affect our soldiers? How was it transmitted? What were the effects on the U.S. and Latin American populations?
Math: Make a bar graph comparing the number of Hispanic men and women in the military during wartime. Begin with the Great War (World War I).
Music: A corrido, a popular and traditional Mexican genre, is a story told in song. It is no surprise, then, that Mexican American soldiers marching off to war composed wartime corridos, immortalizing this very important time in their lives. Write a corrido that Benjamin Gonzalez might have sung as he marched off to war.