Los Gatos 'Deportees' Nameless No Longer

Los Gatos 'Deportees' Nameless No Longer

"In 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration Services went down in Los Gatos Canyon, in the hills above Coalinga.  All 32 aboard were killed in a fiery crash, including 28 farmworkers, many of whom were part of the former bracero work program. The workers were buried unnamed in a mass grave in Fresno.  Stricken by the anonymity of the grave and the plight of farmworkers in general, Woody Guthrie wrote the poem "Plane Crash at Los Gatos."  It was later set to music by schoolteacher Martin Hoffman and the song lived on, recorded by a string of artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash.  In 2009, writer Tim Z. Hernandez began a search for the names of "the deportees."  Once he had the beginnings of a list, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno teamed with him to raise $14,000 for a memorial scroll.  On Monday, the once unnamed deportees' names were unveiled, written in stone.  The names of the 28 Mexican nationals killed in a plane crash were read at a Mass.  An unexpected moment came when the large crowd spontaneously repeated each name as it was read." - Diana Marcum, L.A. Times, Sept. 3, 2013.

Miguel Negrete Álvarez. Tomás Aviña de Gracia. Francisco Llamas Durán. Santiago García Elizondo. Rosalio Padilla Estrada. Tomás Padilla Márquez. Bernabé López Garcia. Salvador Sandoval Hernández. Severo Medina Lára. Elías Trujillo Macias. José Rodriguez Macias. Luis López Medina. Manuel Calderón Merino. Luis Cuevas Miranda. Martin Razo Navarro. Ignacio Pérez Navarro. Román Ochoa Ochoa. Ramón Paredes Gonzalez. Guadalupe Ramírez Lára. Apolonio Ramírez Placencia. Alberto Carlos Raygoza. Guadalupe Hernández Rodríguez. Maria Santana Rodríguez. Juan Valenzuela Ruiz. Wenceslao Flores Ruiz. José Valdívia Sánchez. Jesús Meza Santos. Baldomero Marcas Torres.