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Latino veterans mark American Legion post’s 70 years

By in Press Enterprise on May 17, 2017

By Suzanne Hurt

The Joe Dominguez Post of the American Legion celebrated its 70th anniversary in Corona on Saturday, May 13, to mark the decades since Latino World War II veterans started their own chapter because they were excluded from others.

Post 742 opened in May 1947, less than two years after the end of the war.

Some of its charter members became city leaders, said Riverside County Historic Commissioner Don Williamson of Corona, who gave a talk on the post’s history at the event.

The founding members included Onias “Ace” Acevedo, who became Corona’s first Hispanic councilman, and charter commander Reynaldo Aparicio, the Corona-Norco school district’s first Mexican-American teacher.

Those gathered at the post for the event Saturday rang a bell for each charter member.

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