Date With History explores 'Patriots From the Barrio'

  • Dave Gutierrez

    Dave Gutierrez

Posted6/29/2022 5:58 PM

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park continues its acclaimed "Date with History" series with author Dave Gutierrez at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7. He will discuss his 2018 book, "Patriots from the Barrio."

The presentation is offered in person and online. For the in-person program at the Cantigny Park Visitors Center (free with paid parking), registration is not required. Online viewers must register in advance at to receive a Zoom link.


Gutierrez tells the inspiring true story of a segregated unit whose heroic exploits underscore the forgotten Latino contribution to the Allied victory in World War II. The author learned of the unit through his father, whose cousin Ramon Gutierrez was a member of Company E, 141st Infantry, a part of the 36th "Texas" Division that was comprised entirely of Mexican Americans -- the only such unit in the entire U.S. Army. "Patriots of the Barrio" tells how the soldiers of Company E distinguished themselves as rugged and resilient fighters against some of Nazi Germany's best troops.

Gutierrez is a professional researcher, historical presenter, writer, and author. His articles have appeared in publications including American Legion and War History Online. His groundbreaking work on Company E, 141st Infantry, was recognized by both the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. He serves on the Medal of Honor Museum Advisory Panel.

The First Division Museum at 1s151 Winfield Road in Wheaton is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Tuesday evenings in the summer. Admission is free with paid parking ($5 per car weekdays; $10 weekends). Visit for details.

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