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  • Not too long ago, my family found a letter that my grandfather, Carlos R. Contreras, wrote to his mother while he was serving in the U.S. Army. He wrote it while somewhere in Europe in 1944 or 1945. What's interesting is that letter is written in English, though his mother, a Laredo, Texas-born Mexican-American woman, spoke mainly Spanish. He checks in on the family and asks if this photo, apparently with two other soldiers from Houston, ever ran in the Houston Chronicle. (My grandfather is on the right).

    After the war, he came back to Houston, married my grandmother, had eight children and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in engineering.

    This year, marks the 10th anniversary of my grandfather's passing. In his honor, I read you his letter to his mother.
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