Biography of Julian Cavazos
CCCMan, San Fernando Valley, California
Sgt, Darby's Rangers, 1st Ranger Battallion, 3rd Ranger Battalion, POW, WWII, USA
Sgt. Julian "Blackie" Cavazos SN 38026400 was born in Runge, TX on February 16, 1922. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)* in 1939 working in the San Fernando Valley, CA with a Forestry (F) designation. With the United States' entry into World War II, he volunteered and joined the U.S. Army on January 24, 1941 at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Going though basic training in Brownwood, TX he became an Infantry Soldier. He volunteered for Darby's Rangers and was assigned to the 1st and 3rd Ranger Battalions. Sgt. "Blackie" Cavazos was captured outside of Cisterna, Italy. He spent 15 months as a prisoner of war before being released in April 1945. Sgt. Cavazos was Honorably Discharged on May 13, 1945. Sgt. "Blackie" Cavazos currently lives in San Antonio, TX.
Battles and Campaigns
GO 33 WD 45
Awards and Decorations
European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with 6 Bronze Battle Stars
American Defense Service Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
President's Unit Citation
At least 4 Overseas Bars
One Service Stripe
*Civilian Conservation Corps, commonly referred to as the CCCs, was an organization formed as part of Roosevelt's "New Deal" as an attempt to counter the rampant unemployment and economic despair resulting from the Great Depression. In an effort to "put Americans back to work" during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrolled over 3 million young men to perform a variety of conservation and reforestation projects. With the United States' entry into World War II, the CCC was discontinued.
A proud Ranger, we will be attending a Ranger Ball at Ft. Benning GA on May 18, 2001.
----- MSgt T. Rosa Cavazos, USAFR
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