The Marine Corps, more so than any other branch of America's military, values and embraces its history. Beginning in boot camp, every Marine is educated on the Corps' proud and storied past as they learn what it means to be part of such a prestigious organization. In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well.

While it is almost impossible to determine exactly when Hispanics first began serving in the Marine Corps, it is a verifiable fact that the answer is at least since the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), when Private France Silva became the first Marine of Hispanic descent to be awarded the Medal of Honor. In the years since, Hispanic Marines have participated in every major conflict our nation has participated in, including World War I, the "Banana Wars" in Latin America, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and, most recently, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Enrique "Kiki" Camarena

Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Salazar was a Mexican-born American Marine and undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Born in Mexicali, Mexico in 1947, Camarena joined the Marine Corps in 1973, serving for two years. Following his time in the corps, Camarena joined the DEA, first in Calexico, California, before transferring to the agency's Fresno office in 1977 and then to its Guadalajara, Mexico office in 1981.

Guy Gabaldon

Marines are known for being hard-chargers; for never giving up; for adapting and overcoming whatever obstacles they may face. Perhaps no Marine exemplified this willingness to take on, and prevail against, overwhelming odds better than Guy Gabaldon–"The Pied Piper of Saipan."

Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente was born in Puerto Rico in 1934 and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball in 1954. Typically, during the off-season Clemente would return to Puerto Rico to play "winter ball", but in the winter of 1958-59, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and spent his six-month active duty commitment at Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and in Washington, D.C

Christopher "Gus" Loria

Christopher Joseph "Gus" Loria is a retired Marine Corps Colonel and a medically-retired NASA astronaut.

Raised in Belmont, Massachusetts, Loria was born in 1960 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering in 1983. Following his graduation, Loria received his commission and was designated a Naval Aviator in July of 1988.

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