South American soldiers

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In 1975 I was in Basic Training with a guy from Brazil and another from Ecuador.

Pruitt
 
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There was Pedro Del Valle, marine Corps.
And Jamie Sabater also marine corps.
US naval aviator types:
Luis de Florez, MIT 1911, rose from Commander to Rear Admiral in three years, 1941 to 1944
Henry Gabriel Sanchez, USNA 1930, retired Rear Admiral
Robert Emmett Riera, USNA 1935, retired Rear Admiral

or in submarines
Marrion Frederic Ramiez de Arellano, USNA 1935, retired Captain
Rafael Celestino Benítez, USNA 1939, retired Rear Admiral

or surface line
José M. Cabanillas, USNA 1924, retired Rear Admiral (also qualified submariner)
Edmund Ernest Garcia, USNA 1927, retired Rear Admiral (also a qualified naval aviator)
Horacio Rivero Jr, USNA 1931, retired Admiral

quickly come to mind in the USN during WW2, just to name a few, a couple of whom I had the pleasure of knowing.
 
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As far as Beauregard being called Creole, the term referred to the French speaking population of Louisiana and neighboring states, particularly to the elite which Beauregard belonged. They weren't called French because they were mixed French, Spanish, and often native American. Beauregard himself was a large part Spanish.

Creole cuisine is what is served in fancy restaurants in New Orleans, and what the wealthy in New Orleans ate. It is European style French with Spanish and African influences. Cajun food is what ordinary rural people ate. It is French with southern American and native American influences, and includes things like crawfish available in swampy areas which British Americans wouldn't eat.

General Beauregard made it like Toutant was another middle name. Some of the other West Point cadets, particularly from the south, had two middle names that were usually prominent last names they were descended from, like JEB Stuart.

Probably a several Generals had some African ancestry, but it wasn't accepted or acknowledged. There are questions that several Presidents had some, particularly Lincoln and Harding. There was talk about Jefferson Davis' wife, who clearly looks part black in photos.
 
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As far as Beauregard being called Creole, the term referred to the French speaking population of Louisiana and neighboring states, particularly to the elite which Beauregard belonged. They weren't called French because they were mixed French, Spanish, and often native American. Beauregard himself was a large part Spanish.

Creole cuisine is what is served in fancy restaurants in New Orleans, and what the wealthy in New Orleans ate. It is European style French with Spanish and African influences. Cajun food is what ordinary rural people ate. It is French with southern American and native American influences, and includes things like crawfish available in swampy areas which British Americans wouldn't eat.

General Beauregard made it like Toutant was another middle name. Some of the other West Point cadets, particularly from the south, had two middle names that were usually prominent last names they were descended from, like JEB Stuart.

Probably a several Generals had some African ancestry, but it wasn't accepted or acknowledged. There are questions that several Presidents had some, particularly Lincoln and Harding. There was talk about Jefferson Davis' wife, who clearly looks part black in photos.
I agree Betgo.. Beauregard was in part Spanish (and his family served into the Spanish army ranks...Remember one of Gálvez´s liaison with George Washington was a spanish (mixed Sp and Fr)... Luis Toutant de Beauregard

2/15/1782: Gálves appoints Don Luis Toutant de Beauregard as Official Commisioner (Royal Confirmation (Charles III)... the Beauregard family served in 4 armies I think:
French, Spanish, USA and CSA! And Beauregard spoke French, Spanish and English.
 

betgo

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I agree Betgo.. Beauregard was in part Spanish (and his family served into the Spanish army ranks...Remember one of Gálvez´s liaison with George Washington was a spanish (mixed Sp and Fr)... Luis Toutant de Beauregard

2/15/1782: Gálves appoints Don Luis Toutant de Beauregard as Official Commisioner (Royal Confirmation (Charles III)... the Beauregard family served in 4 armies I think:
French, Spanish, USA and CSA! And Beauregard spoke French, Spanish and English.
Part of what Beauregard did when he removed the hyphen was make it appear his name was Beauregard rather than Toutant. It looked more impressive to English speaking Americans to show the very prominent name Beauregard with 3 initials.
 
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martin76

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Part of what Beauregard did when he removed the hyphen was make it appear his name was Beauregard rather than Toutant. It looked more impressive to English speaking Americans to show the very prominent name Beauregard with 3 initials.

Thanks for information.