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Photogallery: Private Felix Longoria

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Private Felix LongoriaIn June, 1945, Private Felix Longoria of the small South Texas town of Three Rivers was killed in action in the Philippines. The refusal of a Three Rivers funeral home to allow use of their facility for a wake, because "the whites won't like it," resulted in a national incident.

Private Longoria and his familyWife Beatrice and her five year old daughter Adela had to wait over three years for Felix Longoria's remains to be returned to them in Three Rivers. This photo was taken shortly before Longoria left for the Philippines.

Headline - Chapel Refused Reburial, says Dr. GarciaDr. Hector Garcia sent telegrams to dozens of public officials and to the media. As a result, newspapers headlines reporting the incident were seen across the country.

Burial at Arlington National CemeteryWith the assistance of Senator Lyndon Johnson, Felix Longoria was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The attention of the gathered press was on those standing near Longoria's flag draped casket.