Death of a deported U.S. Military Veteran

Amos Gregory Death of a deported U.S. Military Veteran  May 9, 2014  Amos Gregory Share this:  Facebook  Twitter  Google+  Pinterest  Email to a Friend Deported Veterans Mural Project in Playas De Tijuana, Mexico Photo Fabian Rebolledo Hector Barrios—an elder and honorably discharged U.S. military deported veteran—passed away on the morning of April 20 in Tijuana, Mexico. He was 70. Barrios was born in Tijuana on June 4, 1943. In 1961, at the age of 18 Barrios emigrated from Mexico to the United States. He settled in the Los Angeles area and lived peacefully for six years as he learned the language of his adopted country and amalgamated into the local Latino community. In 1967 Barrios received a letter that would forever change his life and tear his memories between three countries. He had received a draft notification from the Selective Service System—he was drafted. Rather than disregard his draft selection or flee the United States, Barrios enlisted in the United States Army. In 1968 he was sent to Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division, which is one of the most combat decorated divisions in U.S. Army history. Continue reading