Dr. Hector P. Garcia
Dr. Hector P. Garcia - a Mexican-born American civil rights pioneer, loving father, decorated World War II veteran, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, physician, surgeon, and champion for equality, education, and voting rights - helped to change the face of this country. Legendary medical doctor and social reformer who founded the American G. I. Forum. In 1984, President Reagan awarded Garcia the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. Garcia was the first Mexican American ever to receive the honor. A statue on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus now stands as a memorial to Garcia's legacy. It bears his personal motto, which is also the motto of the American GI Forum: "Education is our Freedom, and Freedom Should be Everybody's Business."