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García, Telegram to Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, 1949.

After the Rice Funeral Home in Three Rivers, Texas, refused to grant burial services to Pvt. Felix Z. Longoria Jr., a Mexican American soldier killed in action in WWII, Héctor P. García sent a telegram on behalf of the GI Forum to then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. In the Western Union telegram, dated January 10, 1949, García asks that government action be taken to prevent future discrimination against any soldier regardless of ethnicity.

LBJ Presidential Library; courtesy Héctor P. García family.