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America's Most Famous Hispanic War Hero

  1. America's Most Famous Hispanic War Hero J.R. Gonzales 48:56

Episode 95 – Welcome to the Latino Business Report, where we uncover the stories of extraordinary individuals. Today we honor the legendary Green Beret Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez, known by his call sign, TANGO MIKE MIKE.

While many know his name, the full extent of his incredible story is often untold. Roy Benavidez’s acts of bravery and sacrifice during the Vietnam War make even the most dramatic war films pale in comparison. He stands as America’s most famous Hispanic War Hero.

In this episode, we talk with Sergeant Benavidez’s daughter, Yevette Benavides Garcia, and William Surkey, an associate professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the upcoming book, The Ballad of Roy Benavidez.

Join us as we explore the life of a true American hero. Check the podcast notes for links to videos, books, articles, and other sources that detail the remarkable journey of Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez. Stay tuned for a tale of heroism that will leave you inspired.

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Order the Book – The Ballad of Roy Benavidez

The Ballad of Roy Benavidez: The Life and Times of America’s Most Famous Hispanic War Hero: Sturkey, William: 9781541600263: Books

MSG Roy Benavidez speech 1991

MSG Roy Benavidez speech 1991 (

Reagan’s Remarks on Presenting the Medal of Honor to Roy P. Benavidez — 2/24/81

Reagan’s Remarks on Presenting the Medal of Honor to Roy P. Benavidez — 2/24/81 (

Roy Benavidez Facebook Page

Roy Benavidez YouTube Channel


“If the story of his heroism were a movie script, you would not believe it.” — Ronald Reagan


J.R. Gonzales is Chairman of the Hispanic Leadership and Management Foundation and Executive Vice-Chair of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). Gonzales serves on the Export-Import Bank of the United States Council on Small Business. He is a nationally recognized communications consultant and professional development trainer. Gonzales is a former Chairman of the Board, and a past president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As a business owner, entrepreneur, political strategist, and public speaker, Gonzales has been a lifelong advocate and voice for issues facing Latino and minority communities.

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