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Abel Alcala, World War II veteran

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Date: around 1980

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Newspaper

Call Number: 2015-118

Unit ID: 89861

Summary: This is a newspaper article on John Alcala and his father Abel G. Alcala of Topeka. Abel Alcala, a veteran of World War II, had a draft number of 25. This likely made him the first Mexican-American drafted in the United States. The 1966 book "Among the Valiant" by Raul Morin, however, cited Pete Aguilar Despart with a lottery number of 158 as the first drafted Mexican-American. Fourteen years later, John Alcala contacted the book's publisher and the Topeka Capital-Journal to set the record straight.

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Title (Main title): Abel Alcala, World War II veteran


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