Colonel Armando "Tommy" Ruiz, is a Graduate of Bowie high school in El Paso,Texas. Armando was a Colonel in the United States Army Air Force at a time when Mexican Americans were not commonly at that rank. Armando was a trumpet player in the United States Military Band where he played with Glenn Miller on his tour thru Europe for the Ally forces. Armando flew B-17 aircraft for the 12TH Air force in North Africa & the 15TH Air Force in Europe as the bombers Navigator. This decorated commander received was shot down off the coast of the Adriatic Sea; surviving as a prisoner of war in Nazi Occupied Germany. He is honored for his service among many other brave patriots, at the United States World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
Armando "Tommy" Ruiz married to Consuelo "Connie" Ruiz, Father of David Ruiz & Rita Lewis. Grandfather to Dominique "Nickie" Esparza, Gretchen Ruiz, & Jacob Ruiz, and Great Grandfather to Michael Esparza, Matthew Esparza, Mark Esparza, Marie Write, Gwendolyn Ruiz, & Rory Ruiz....Daughter in-law Bertha " Alice" Ruiz, Son in-law Barry Lewis & Grand Daughter in-law Lucy Ruiz......Because he survived we are a family.
Colonel Armando Ruiz - 1940 - 1949
Report this entry
More from the same community-collection
Polish historiography about the Battle of Savannah 1779. General Casimir Pulaski, the Polish-American hero, gave his life fighting for American...
The Conflict 1964-1769, the press in Poland about The Stamp Act and imposing painful taxes on the Colonies by the...
France recognizes the United States, 1777-1778; the British troops defeated at Saratoga, 1777.
The Battle of Trenton in Polish contemporary Periodicals, 1776
First 13 Colonies that formed the USA, the Revolutionary War, 1775
The Boston Tea Party
Poland's opinion about American Revolution
Title panel - US in Polish Historiography and Periodicals 1764-1919; the exhibit was sponsored by the Senate of the Republic...
Visiting our Mom. Decided to stop in and see the Cathedral High School Exhibit. We had so much fun!
The beautiful sunset at White Sands made the place more magical during golden hour.
Pedro & Norma Gomez Newly weds in Puerto Rico 1947
Lucy Alvarez with Pat and Ridchard Nixon during their visit to Mexico. Ramiro Gereda, Lucy's husband was ambassador of Guatelmala...
Ramiro Gereda Asturias presenting credentials as ambassador to the President of Mexico, Miguel Aleman. The upcoming President of Mexico, Adolfo...
Jorge I. Angulo, Rosemary Gereda y Juan Ramon Seyffert during a celebration in Guanajuato.
Taken in front of the monument to the Revolution, Mexico City; Carlota Cazares, Hermila Parra, unknown and Perla Lara.