TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) -- Teodoro Garcia, believed to be the last
surviving Mexican soldier who fought Pancho Villa's rebel forces during the
Mexican Revolution, has died. He was 110.
Born on Jan. 7, 1889, in Sacramento, Mexico, Garcia died Sunday and was
to be buried Monday afternoon. The retired contractor had lived in Texas
City, just southeast of Houston, for the past 40 years.
Garcia was among the Mexican "Federales" who fought for dictator Porfirio
Diaz, who won several fraudulent elections for the presidency. Villa joined
the revolution on the side of Francisco Madero, who in 1910 toppled Diaz.
Manuel Urbina, professor of Latin American history at Texas City's College
of the Mainland, said Garcia is the last of a handful of Mexican veterans he
has tracked since the late 1980s. He said Garcia fought for Diaz's forces in
1910 and 1911.
Sacramento, located in the Mexican state of Coahuila, is about 100 miles
(161 kilometers)southwest of Laredo.
Garcia is survived by one daughter and 12 grandchildren. His wife of 53
years, Ignacia Zertuche Garcia, had died previously.
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