By Lt. Col. Henry "Hank" Cervantes- born to migrant
workers. PILOTO tells the story of a Mexican-American
who as a young stoop laborer in Central California's sweltering farm fields
dared to dream a distant and utterly preposterous dream - to be a pilot.
Joined the United States Army and was one of a very few Hispanics to be in the
Air Corps. Through initiative, determination,
and more than a little luck, he became one of only a handful of Mexican-Americans
to ever serve as a test pilot in the United States Air Force.
Flew B-17s with "Bloody 100th" Bomb Group in Europe from 1944-1945.
Henry "Hank" Cervantes served as Project Officer for Strategic Air
Command's top secret B-58 "Hustler" bomber. Rretired from the Air Force
in 1965 but continued his involvement with aviation, writing the pilot's
handbook for Northrop's F-5 Freedom fighter and working in contracting arm
of the Department of Defense.The book serves as inspiration to young and old alike.
Commander Barragan & other UMAVA members met Lt. Col Cervantes at the reception for Lt. Gen Ricardo Sanchez.
If you want an Autographed new book then send $20 to: H. Cervantes, 13900 Panay Way, M308, Marina del Rey, CA 90293. or email the Author at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday December 31, 2009
Click Image of "Piloto - Migrant Worker to Jet Pilot"
"Scarred by Scandal - Redeemed by Love"
Author Gloria DeLaTorre-Wycoff's includes:
Brother Ruben John Moreno - WWII Navy Veteran & Pioneering Former CA 51st Assembly District Legislator (One of first two Latinos two serve in the CA State Assembly in the 20th Century); and
Grandson, Nicholaus Romero - serving in a nuclear sub for the US Navy.
Posted by Commander Barragan Saturday December 19, 2009
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"From the Barrio - to US Army - to the Board Room"
"Robert Renteria grew up in an impoverished East L.A.
barrio and was abandoned by his heroin & alcoholic father. Honorably served 7 years in the US Army,& became a VP for a company on the NYSE.
See the book title at the right.
Commander Francisco Barragan & Board Member Dan Reyna met co-authors Robert Renteria & Corey Blake at LULAC's "Fourth Annual Veterans Summit" Friday December 4th, 2009
Click on Picture: Robert Renteria (US Army Veteran) - Coauthor with Corey Blake
"Atarque: Now All is Silent"
Author Pauline Chavez-Bent lives in Huntington Beach:
Book includes 400 years of Hispanic military contributions in New Mexico.
Also includes pictures of family, and neighbors who served in US military since WW I to present.