Lt. Carlos Reyes Jr. was drafted into the United States Army the night he graduated in 1942. He served four years as a paratrooper during WWII, making two combat jumps with the 101st Airborne Division. He was in the battle of Bastogne where the American Army refused to surrender even though they were completely surrounded by the German Army and were asked to surrender three times. Gen. Patton’s Third Army fought through horrible weather and stiff German resistance to rescue the 101st Airborne Division.
After the war, Lt. Reyes returned to his beloved Texas A&M where he received an accounting degree and a lieutenant commission. He was killed while training as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. Carlos had a tremendous love for his family, adored his university, Texas A&M, and fought for and respected his country.
Humberto Reyes obtained a bachelor of science degree and a lieutenant commission from Texas A&M in 1950. He spent two years as an infantry platoon leader in Korea where he received the prestigious combat infantry badge and three bronze stars for three campaigns while liberating South Korea from North Korea Communist aggression. After the Korean War, Humberto returned to Texas A&M University, where in 1955 he obtained a master of science degree in beef cattle production and a minor degree in range management. He now resides in Berclair and San Antonio.
Carlos and Humberto are sons of the late Carlos Reyes Sr., the founder of the Goliad Zaragoza Society in 1944, and Maria V. Reyes, the 1956 Texas A&M University Mother of the Year. Mr. and Mrs. Reyes, with many struggles, gave a complete university education to all of their 14 sons and daughters.
Mr. Reyes’ strong belief was that education was the solution to all world problems. Humberto’s younger brother, Margarito, gives an annual scholarship in Beeville where he graduated in 1952.
Humberto’s daughter, Carmelita, a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University, is the principal of Oakland International High School and has been chosen the Educator of the Year in Oakland, Calif., twice in her short teaching career.