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Longoria, Felix Z., Jr., 1920-1945


  • [Private Felix Z. Longoria (Apr. 16, 1920, Three Rivers, Texas-d. June 16, 1945, Luzon, Philippines), was a Mexican-American, U.S. Army soldier, who was killed in battle in Luzon, Philippines, on June 16, 1945. He was denied a viewing at a funeral home in his hometown of Three Rivers, Texas, because he was Mexican. The controversy became known as the Felix Longoria Affair. Then U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson learned of the controversy and intervened, arranging for Longoria to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.]
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    • found: Carroll, Patrick James. Felix Longoria's wake, c2003.
    • found: Walter Jenkins safe files, Johnson Library, 1932-1967:(series contains records relating to Felix Z. Longoria, U.S. Army soldier killed in action in the Philippines, and the controversy surrounding a funeral home's refusal to hold a viewing for Longoria; then senator Lyndon B. Johnson, intervened and offered to have Longoria buried at Arlington National Cemetery)
    • found: Wikipedia.org search, Apr. 10, 2014(Felix Z. Longoria, Jr.; b. 1920, Three Rivers, Tex.; d. June 1945, Philippines; Mexican-American U.S. Army soldier; served with the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25 Infantry Division, stationed in Luzon, Philippines; killed in action ... remains not identified and returned to the U.S. until 1949; controversy unfolded when a funeral home refused to have a viewing of his coffin because he was not white; then U.S. senator Lyndon B. Johnson intervened and offered to arrange for Longoria's burial in Arlington National Cemetery) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Z._Longoria,_Jr.
    • found: Findagrave.com, Apr. 10, 2014(Pvt Felix Z. Longoria, Jr.; b. Apr. 16, 1920; d. June 16, 1945, Luzon, Philippines; inscription: Pvt 27 Inf., World War II; burial: Arlington National Cemetery)
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    • [Private Felix Z. Longoria (Apr. 16, 1920, Three Rivers, Texas-d. June 16, 1945, Luzon, Philippines), was a Mexican-American, U.S. Army soldier, who was killed in battle in Luzon, Philippines, on June 16, 1945. He was denied a viewing at a funeral home in his hometown of Three Rivers, Texas, because he was Mexican. The controversy became known as the Felix Longoria Affair. Then U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson learned of the controversy and intervened, arranging for Longoria to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.]
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