WWI Vet, El Paso hero receives Texas’s highest navy ornament

EL PASO, Texas – El Pasoan Pvt. Marcelino Serna was posthumously awarded Texas’s highest navy ornament, The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott introduced the award to members of Serna’s household on the Governor’s mansion.

“We’re in awe that our great-grandfather’s heroic acts aren’t solely remembered however nonetheless being honored over 100 years later. We by no means knew our Tata for his bravery, solely his plentiful backyard, ample love, and patriotism. We’re grateful that his legacy will now be remembered not simply by our household however by your complete State of Texas. We want our grandmother, his daughter Gloria Serna, would’ve beloved to see this,” the Serna household stated in a press release launched to the media.

Serna was acknowledged for his valiant efforts throughout World Struggle I. Texas Senator Cesar J. Blanco, Dist. 29, efficiently nominated Non-public Serna for the award.

“I’m happy with Texas for taking the lead on righting an injustice and honoring Pvt. Serna for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity on the danger of his life above and past the decision of obligation. I recognize Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, the Legislative Medal of Honor Committee, fellow veterans, and most of all of the Serna household, for uplifting and honoring the legacy of U.S. Military Non-public Serna. I urge Congress to comply with Texas’ lead and award Pvt. Serna the Congressional Medal of Honor,” stated Blanco.

In 2017, the Tornillo Port of Entry was renamed the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry.

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