Left: Sketch by combat artist Dante H. Bertoni of Lieutenant Commander Everte Alvarez Jr., at welcoming ceremonies at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, upon Alvarez's return from nearly ten years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, 13 February 1973 (KN-21869). Center: Camp Lejeune, NC, 11 August 2004. Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England presents the Navy Cross to Hospitalman Apprentice Luis E. Fonseca Jr. for heroism during the battle of An Nasiriyah, Iraq, in March 2003 (U.S. Navy photo by HM2 Wayne Nelms, 040811-N-0000X-002). Right: Mayport, FL, 6 September 2017. Command Master Chief Johannes Gonzales, left, and Logistics Specialist 1st Class Jesus Manriquez, both assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, stack sand bags into a truck for use around headquarters buildings in preparation for Hurricane Irma (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Hendricks, 170906-N-PQ607-031).
Hispanic Americans have served in the Navy throughout our nation’s history. They have been seamen, four-star admirals, boatswain’s mates, corpsmen, fighter pilots, physicians, nuclear engineers, and policymakers.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Farragut (DDG-99) sails in the Atlantic Ocean, 26 June 2016 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Wilkes, 160626-N-TO519-165).