Hispanic americans also referred to as latinos served in all elements of the american armed forces in the warthey fought in every major american battle in the war between 400000 and 500000 hispanic americans served in the us armed forces during world war ii out of a total of 16000000 constituting 31 to 32 of the us armed forces the exact number is unknown as at the time . Mexican americans and world war ii world war ii had an enormous impact on latinos in the united states including mexican americans mexican americans were drafted into or volunteered for the us armed services where they had the highest percentage of congressional medal of honor winners of any minority in the united states. In the 1930s mexico was a devastated land the mexican revolution 1910 1920 had claimed hundreds of thousands of lives as many more were displaced or saw their homes and cities destroyed the revolution was followed by the cristero war 1926 1929 a series of violent uprisings against the new government. The result was massive mexican american participation in world war ii the most recent estimate being that some 500000 mexican americans served in the conflict for many a novel sensation of belonging accompanied the experience. Mexican americans and world war ii maggie rivas rodriguez on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers up to 750 000 mexican american men served in world war ii earning more medals of honor and other decorations in proportion to their numbers than any other ethnic group mexican american women entered the workforce on the home front
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