Macario Garcia was born on January 2, 1920, in Villa de Castana, Mexico. When he was four years old, his family moved to Sugarland, Texas. Because he came from a migrant worker lifestyle, Macario was only able to complete the third grade. On November 11, 1942, at the age of twenty-four, he was inducted into the U.S. Army. After D-Day, PFC Garcia fought alongside General George Patton’s tanks all the way to St. Lo and then across France. During an engagement with the enemy, PFC Garcia was wounded by shell fragments. Refusing to be evacuated, he continued scouting and fighting, eventually capturing a German machine gun emplacement. As a result of his actions and bravery, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valor.
Photo Source: Wikipedia He was wounded again and finally ordered to a hospital to recover. In the winter of 1944, he returned to combat and was promoted to acting sergeant and squad leader. In action near Grosshau, Germany, during an assault on enemy positions on a hill, Sergeant Garcia was shot in the right shoulder. Despite his wounds, he continued up the hill, destroying two enemy machine gun emplacements. He again refused medical treatment until the position was secured. For his efforts, Sergeant Garcia was awarded Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters for his second Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
On August 23, 1945, Staff Sergeant Macario Garcia became the third Hispanic ever to be the recipient of our nation’s highest award for valor as he was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Truman. In 1946, Garcia took advantage of an offer by President Truman and took a position with the Veteran’s Administration. In 1952, he married Alicia Reyes. Before they were married, Macario attended high school during the evenings and earned his diploma from Sam Houston High School. Mr. and Mrs. Garcia had three children, Carlos Robert, Maria Teresa and Rene Gustavo.
As a contact representative with the V.A., it was Garcia’s assignment to inform veterans of benefits due to them. In 1968, he volunteered to go to Vietnam for the V.A. to counsel returning veterans on their benefits. Garcia joined the U.S. Army reserves in 1953 and eventually attained the highest enlisted rank possible, Command Sergeant Major.
On Christmas Eve, 1972, "Mac", as his friends called him, was involved in a head-on collision in Sugarland, Texas that took his life. Sergeant Macario Garcia was a true American hero and an inspiration to his fellowman.