Juan Alamia of the Rough Riders

On May 27, 1898, Texas native Juan Alamia volunteered for the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry in San Antonio, Texas.  This unit was later known as the “Rough Riders” under the leadership of the charismatic Colonel Theodore Roosevelt.  (Theodore Roosevelt served as US President from 1901-1909.)  As a soldier in the Rough Riders, Alamia fought with his fellow Americans against the Spanish in Cuba.  In 1913, he was killed during the Mexican Revolution.