Guy Louis Gabaldon, US Marine

March 22, 1926 is the birthday of Guy Louis Gabaldon, a US Marine who was a hero of the 1944 Battle of Saipan in World War II (1939 – 1945).  During his troubled youth, the Mexican-American Gabaldon was adopted by a Japanese-American family.  Gabaldon later used his knowledge of Japanese language and culture to persuade about 1,500 Japanese soldiers and civilians to surrender.  He was awarded the Navy Cross Medal.  Gabaldon’s story was memorialized in the 1960 Hollywood film, “Hell to Eternity”.

Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras

March 13, 1926 is the birthday of Carlos Roberto Reina, the Honduran politician, law professor, and editor who rose from political prisoner to President of Honduras. Reina was elected in 1993, and worked to keep his election promises to crack down on corruption and reduce the power of the military. As part of the latter policy, he eliminated mandatory military service. He married a North American woman, Bessie Watson.  Reina was a law professor for 30 years, and after his presidency, he served as a judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. (Photo UN / Ron Silva)