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."
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Interview with Reynaldo Lopez R. by Oscar J. Martinez, 1981, "Interview no. 566," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.