2000 Inductee - The Garcia Brothers


2000 Inductee - The Garcia Brothers

Military

How many parents do you know who can say they had seven sons who served our country in military duty? Well, meet Jose Cruz Garcia and Pascuala Orozco. Jose S. was born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas on September 13, 1891. Pascuala was born on May 17, 1903 in El Paso, Texas.

The first and eldest brother is Charles, born in Los Angles, on December 14, 1917. As a youth, he graduated with honors from a vocational school there. Later, he married and Carlos Jr. was born. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy on June 10, 1943at the Naval Reserve Station, in Stockton. He served on the USS Saugutich, and was present at Tokyo Bay, during the signing of the peace treaty ending the war with Japan. After his honorable discharged in August of 1946, Charles worked in San Francisco and Sacramento. He passed away at 61 in 1978.

The second brother, Frank, born on March 9, 1920, was inducted into the Marine Corps on October 7, 1944 serving as a military guard, and a fleet technical engineer. He served in the Pacific from March to November of 1945, and was honorably discharged in December 1945. Back in Stockton, he worked as a supervisor for Hobbs-Parson Produce. After retiring in 1984 he volunteered with the Child Abuse Prevention Council, and Adopt a Family program until he passed away on May 31, 1996. He children are Frank Jr. Rupert, Godfrey, Cheryl, Francisca, Kristen, Dusty and Pam.

Frank Elias, the third brother, born on November 11, 1923 was inducted into the U.S. Navy in November 1942, and served on the USS Farragut and the USS Idaho, in San Diego and as an armed guard at the U.S. Naval Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco. Following his medical discharge in August of 1945, he worked for Tillie Lewis in Modesto. After graduating from Humphrey’s College, he took a job with Bank of America in Stockton. In 1950, he moved his family to San Jose where he worked as a warehouseman. After retiring, he returned to the Stockton area, and passed away on January 12, 1998, leaving his wife, Mary, and children Richard, Frankie, and Toni.

Manuel, fourth brother, and middle child of 13, was born on New Years Day 1925. As a boy he worked in the fields, sold newspapers, and shined shoes to help the family. Inducted into the U.S. Army in May 1943, he served as an anti-aircraft machine gunner. In England, positioned near the cliffs of Dover, his unit was cited for downing German aircraft en route to bomb London. He participated in the D-Day Invasion and his unit worked its way from Southern France to Berlin. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945. He is still living and is now 75. He children are Paul, Marie, and twins Michelle and Patrick, and he is grandfather to four.

Jose Cruz II, brother number five, was born in September of 1928. He lived in Stockton most of his 71years. Though he did not finish his schooling at Edison High, he graduated from Long Beach City College. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in July of 1951, served in Japan and Inchon, Korea from March to May of 1952, and was honorably discharged in 1953. Since retiring from warehouse and distribution operations where he worked before, during and after the military, Joe does volunteer work at the Cesar Chavez Library, San Joaquin County Probation Department and as a Teacher Aide at Lottie Grunsky School. Joe is still living and is now 72. His children, Crystal, Cynthia, Jose Cruz III and David, plus ten grand children and four great-grand children, all love him very much.