Roberto Garcia is a hero. Garcia, 81, joined the U.S. Army on Jan. 12, 1949, and shortly thereafter found himself risking his own life for the safety of his comrades.
“At that time you needed a job; there was nothing else to do so you joined the service,” Garcia said. “We were a bunch of friends. We got together that day so we decided to join the service.”
Garcia went to basic training in Fort Ord, Calif. His unit was shipped to Japan later that year.