Silvestre Santana Herrera, War Hero

On August 23, 1945, Medal of Honor winner Silvestre Santana Herrera rolled his wheelchair across the White House lawn to receive his award from President Harry Truman.  Herrera was a soldier in the US Army, and received the medal for his heroic actions during World War II, in France. He charged an enemy position and was badly wounded by mine explosions. He continued fighting, allowing his fellow soldiers to take cover. Herrera was born in Camargo, Mexico, and was brought to the US by his uncle when he was 18 months old.

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