Richard Edward Cavazos, born in Kinsgville, Texas, is the first and only Hispanic four-star general in the U.S. Army. He has accumulated many awards for his service and is considered a true hero. General Cavazos, now 85 years of age, has worked with General Colin Powell and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.
He has led a fascinating life. And the San Antonio Express has done a wonderful job of memorializing his life in an article published March 27, 2016. Reporter Sig Christenson portrays Cavazos with love, respect and dignity in his end-of-life struggle with dementia.
Read the article here: Larger-than-life Texan a Hispanic icon
Cavazos’ military awards include two Distinguished Service Crosses, a Silver Star, two Legion of Merit awards, five Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, a Parachutist Badge. Cavazos has also been awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the National Guard Association of Texas; was inducted into the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame and Ranger Regiment Association Hall of Fame; and received the Doughboy Award of National Infantry Association, 1991.
- Distinguished Service Cross with oak leaf cluster
- Silver Star
- Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
- Bronze Star with four oak leaf clusters
- Purple Heart
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