Esther Luna and Raul Gonzalez Poblano

Portrait of veteran with woman

Photo History

Esther Luna Poblano and Raul Gonzalez Poblano, Orange, California, 1943. Raul Poblano was drafted in 1943 into the United States Army. Raul served in the European campaign during World War II as an infantryman, and was awarded his infantryman's badge. He was wounded in action during the Battle of the Bulge. As a result of his wounds, he was sent back to the United States for rehabilitation. After several months of rehab in the Miramar Hotel in Santa Barbara, he joined his family and while on leave, the Japanese surrendered and the war was over. He was discharged in 1945. He never pursued the fact that he was not presented his Purple Heart medal, and died in 2001. His wife still lives in their home of many years, at:
325 N Cypress Street
Orange, California 92866


Donated by Leo M. and Helen Poblano Castro, File Number S237, Barcode 10586850.