Dr. Garcia’s commitment to military service began in 1929 when he joined the CMTC, predecessor to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). He received several such training certificates.
This military portrait of Dr. Garcia was taken during his World War II service. He achieved the ranks of captain in 1942 and major in 1947.
In this 1942 letter to his family, Dr. Garcia discusses life in the military and promises to send money soon.
Dr. Garcia’s medical unit is photographed in North Africa during World War II.
For his admirable service during World War II, Dr. Garcia received the Bronze Star Medal. The citation for the medal recognized his “outstanding diligence and loyalty to duty.”
Like many immigrants during World War II, Dr. Garcia served his country valiantly before becoming a U.S. citizen. His received this certificate of naturalization in 1946.
Dr. Garcia’s military service began at an early age. At 15, he joined the Civilian Military Training Corps (CMTC). He entered active duty in 1942 and served with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Europe and North Africa during World War II. Dr. Garcia received several commendations for outstanding service, including one citation that praised his devotion to duty and “desire to do more than his share.”