Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas of
World War II

Joe Bernal at age 17 in Salinas, California on September 1, 1945. Courtesy Voces Oral History Center.

"I was a young man with seemingly a lot of time and energy and I wanted to do right. . ." – Joe Bernal, b. 1927, San Antonio, Texas.

After the war, more Latinos, including veterans, took active political roles to press for crucial improvements. WWII veteran Joe Bernal (pictured above) served first in the Texas House and later in the Texas Senate. Bernal was the primary author of a bill that expunged state statues supporting racial segregation and of another that created The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1969.


Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas of World War II provides a historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II and features historical photographs from the Voces Oral History Center archives and contemporary photographs of men and women of the WWII generation by photojournalist Valentino Mauricio. Images of Valor focuses on individual stories that reveal larger themes such as citizenship and civil rights and features excerpts from the more than five hundred oral history interviews that were part of the project.

Images of Valor was created by the School of Journalism and Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Images of Valor is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Format


LanguageEnglish; Spanish
Content12 single-sided panels with cleats on the back for hanging (panels can also be displayed on easels)
Space Requirements35 linear feet of wall space
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 1 plastic case:
  • 49” x 25” x 13” - 80 lbs.
Rental Fee*$400*
Rental Period6 weeks

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2024-2025 Bookings

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Marble Falls, TX
06/10/2024 - 07/22/2024

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Lake Jackson, TX
09/11/2024 - 10/23/2024

Haskell County Historical Society
Haskell, TX
11/07/2024 - 12/06/2024

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