Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Rodolfo Rocha

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Faubion

Third Advisor

Dr. Jose R. Hinojosa


The purpose of this study is to fill the void in scholarly literature on Mexican American Prisoners of War (POWs) from World War II and Korea from the Río Grande Valley in South Texas. This thesis focuses on POWs' experiences while in captivity and their experiences readjusting back home. Former Mexican American POWs have not received the recognition they deserved. Mexican American POWs survived their captivity as they had the will and drive to exit alive. Their humble upbringing in the Río Grande Valley instilled in them a sense of toughness. They showed that toughness and will to survive in POW camps in the Philippines, Japan, Germany, Italy, Africa, and Korea. This project will preserve their patriotic endeavors.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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