Oral History interview of Ramon Garriga. Interview conducted by Weeks, Andrew; Orr, Terrell at Garriga's Residence.
0:30 Mr. Garriga's birth place/date; 0:51 Mr. Garriga's Parents, their occupations, and Mr. Garriga's father's role in lbaor organizing in Chicago and San Francisco; 5:00 Father's life in Barcelona, as well as working on a Freighter; 7:00 Father's arrival in New York; 10:00 Father becomes United States citizen; 10:43 Mr. Garriga's life before being drafted; 12:30 Attending City College of New York; 13:30 Drafted into the United States Army; 14:15 Position/role in the Army, is a Private First Class; 15:33 Soldier's training; 16:30 Describes role in the service as a scout/observer; 19:48 Mr. Garriga identifies his unit and duties in the 88th Reconnaissance Company; 22:15 Returning home from service; 25:00 Moves to Puerto Rico with Fater, attends the University of Puerto Rico; 26:00 Graduates from school, gets married, and takes position with the Federal Immigration Office; 29:45 Discusses his wife's dementia, some of the issues associated with the condition; 35:10 Mr. Garriga offers his perspective on the Spanish Civil War; 38:50 Significance of the Spanish Republic; 41:20 Discusses the military coup in 1936; 44:40 Discusses the Allied embargo of Spain; 46:30 Suggests that WWII be considered as starting in 1936; 47:10 Discusses his family in Spain during the Spanish Civil War; 51:10-56:48 Father's role in organizing for Spanish Republicans.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
88th Reconnaissance Company
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
"Mr. Garriga is not a veteran of World War II, but he would like to share his story regarding the Spanish involvement in that war as related to him by his grandmother who fled Spain and through his own research. Mr. Garriga has a great deal to say regarding the invasion of Spain in 1936." - The interviewer.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Weeks, Andrew; Orr, Terrell
Location of Interview
Garriga, Ramon D.; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Weeks, Andrew; Orr, Terrell
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Ramon, Garriga D., "Garriga, Ramon D. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 417.