Cousin Carol Medina Wright found a handwritten story written by her father, José Lino Medina, telling of his early life and how he met Carol’s mother, Angélica Rivera.
I was born August 15, 1924, in Barrio Boquerón, west of the city of Juana Díaz. After a big hurricane named San Felipe back in 1927, we moved to Ponce. I attended Federico Dejetau School where I played the trombone in the school band. In 1939, we moved back to Juana Díaz. In 1940, I lost my father. Then, in 1942, I lost my mother, becoming an orphan. My sister Divina and my Aunt Casilda and Uncle Julio offered me shelter and guidance. In July 1943, I was called to service in the U.S. Army. After I came back from World War II, I was assigned to Rodriguez Army Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (more…)