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I have five uncles who served in the military for the United States of America:

1. Leo O’Canas, served in the United States Air Force and was in the Korean War.

2. Johnny (Dan) O’Canas, served in the United States Army and was in Germany.

3. Albert O’Canas was in the United States Navy and was in Vietnam. He was responsible for patrolling rivers and canals on riverboats. Albert also was a Purple Heart recipient. He was instrumental in saving one of his buddies when they were ambushed.

4. Maximiliano (Max or Mike) O’Canas was in the United States Marines, once a Marine, always a Marine. (He taught me that!) He did two tours in Vietnam; first tour was with the 4th Marines and the second tour was with the 3rd Recon Battalion.

5. Alfred O’Canas, was in the United States Army he was stationed in Kansas.

Their parents, Epimenio and Rebecca (Madrid) O’Canas were so very proud of all five of their sons. I know that my Grandparents were so concerned when two of their sons, Albert and Max were both in Vietnam. They were so thankful that their youngest son did not have to go to Vietnam. Of course, they were also very, very thankful that all of their sons whom served the military came home safely.

Leo O'Canas, U.S. Army

Juan (Johnny) O'Canas, U. S. Army

On the left is Al O'Canas and Max O'Canas. They met up in Vietnam.

This is the type of Riverboat that Albert was on.

Max O'Canas, "Once a Marine, always a Marine!"

Alredo O'Canas, U.S. Army.

All of these men served in the military with honor and dignity.

I salute my uncles for being so brave and honorable by serving our country, “These United States of America.”

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I am Dianna (Sena) Aragon. I am the wife of John Danny Aragon. I would like to honor my husband John (Dan) Aragon, his father Arsenio Aragon; his uncle Felipe Aragon and Felipe Aragon’s grandson, Joel Felipe Aragon. All of these Aragon men served in the military.

John (Dan) Aragon was instrumental in starting the Avondale, Boone, and Pueblo County Veterans Foundation. He served as Founder and President for eighteen (18 years). John was so very, very proud of this organization. His wife Dianna and sons are continuing on with his legacy. This Foundation was one of the many organizations that John (Dan) determined was important to the Avondale, Boone and Pueblo County families. The mission of this foundation is: "Our mission is to honor all veterans of Pueblo County and beautify our community. We want to educate our children of the importance of Veterans and show them Freedom is not Free."

Left to right is Felipe Aragon and his brother Arsenio Aragon.

Joe Philip Aragon, U. S. Marine.

All of these Aragon men served their country with honor and dignity.

I salute all of my husband’s Aragon family members, and my Sena family.

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Subject: The Sena – Martin Serrano Military Men

I would like to honor my father, Rolando Sena (U.S. Army Corp, WWW II); my brothers: Victor Sena (U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force (Ret.) and Paul Martin Sena (U.S. Air Force (Ret.); my cousin Gilbert Sena (U.S. Army), son of Jose Horacio Sena; and my uncle, Wilton Sena (U.S. Army). Also, my nephew Victor Andrew Sena, Jr. (U.S. Air Force), son of Victor Sena.

Our Hernan Martin Serrano family came as soldiers to New Mexico with the Don Juan de Onate Expedition in 1598. Hernan Martin Serrano (1556-aft 1626) Sargento Mayor, Captain. His first wife was Juana Rodriguez and he was also with Dona Inez (Tano Indian). I don't know if he was married to her. There are no records of this marriage.

Our family has continued to follow in the legacy of their ancestors. As well as many of the Martin Serrano descendants.

All of these men served in the military with honor and dignity.

I salute all of these men and all of my Martin Serrano family members. God Bless America and God Bless our Military.

Rolando Sena, U.S. Army Corp, stationed in the Phillipines. He looks so young. (My Mom's favorite picture of my dad.)

Rolando Sena, U.S. Army Corp. This picture was taken after he got out of the service. He looks older.

Victor Sena, U.S. Army/Vietnam and U.S. Air Force (Retired) and many other wars.

Victor Sena, Jr., U. S. Air Force.

Paul Martin Sena, U.S. Air Force (Retired), Vietnam and other wars.

Gilbert Sena, U.S. Army, served in Vietnam.

Wilton John Sena, U.S. Army.

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