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

North Africa




Central Europe



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

POW 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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