Greatest generation

La Salle County’s last World War II veteran passes

Funeral services with full military honors were held in Cotulla on Tuesday, September 29, for Francisco S. Gonzales, La Salle County’s last recorded veteran of World War II, who died on Sept. 24 at the age of 95. A military honor guard presented Gonzales’ son Frank Jr. with the folded Stars and Stripes before internment at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Gonzales joined the US Army at age 18 on December 20, 1943, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and went on to serve in active duty in the Pacific and in the Philippines liberation. Returning to civilian life in Cotulla after the war, Gonzales and his wife Elena raised ten children and lived to welcome numerous great-great-grandchildren.                                            (Photo courtesy of Rickey Galvan, American Legion)