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March 2010 - Ray Gonzales Sr.

RAY GONZALEZ *SENIOR* WAS BORN IN  DEVOL, OKLAHOMA TO MIGRANT FARM WORKERS AND WAS DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY IN 1944 AT THE AGE OF 18.
RAY GONZALEZ *SENIOR* WAS BORN IN  DEVOL, OKLAHOMA TO MIGRANT FARM WORKERS AND WAS DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY IN 1944 AT THE AGE OF 18.

HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 106-TH GOLDEN LION INFANTRY DIVISION AND SENT TO BELGIUM.

FOR THE THREE DAYS AFTER THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE- GONZALEZ AND OTHER SURVIVORS EVADED THE GERMANS IN A SNOW STORM AND SUBZERO TEMPERATURES.

"It gets me emotional and I just, we were there three days Germans all around us, trying to find us. By then we were just trying to hide from them. Til our troops came in and took over again. But those three days were just something I wouldn't want anyone to go through."

ABOUT 22- HUNDRED MEN IN GONZALEZ'S UNIT DIED DURING THE BATTLE.

GONZALEZ HAS TWO CHILDREN- SYLVIA AND RAY GONZALEZ JUNIOR WHO IS A FORMER CITY COUNCILOR AND CURRENT COUNTY COMMISSIONER.
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