A War Hero’s Sacrifice 1899

As gunpowder and bullets burnt through the humid air in the tropics of the Philippines on November 18, 1899, Latinx war hero Maximiliano Luna was killed in action. Luna was fighting with the American “Rough Riders” led by Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish American War (1898). Luna was a native of New Mexico, where his ancestors had settled in 1650.  He was a graduate of Georgetown University, and served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Territory of New Mexico.  At the time of his death, he was a Captain for Troop F of the “Rough Riders”, and was 38 years old. Luna was the first Latinx war hero to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.

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