DAVE GUTIERREZ is a historian, writer, and author of the book Patriots from the Barrio, the true story of Company E 141st Infantry: the only all Mexican American Army unit in WWII. Patriots from the Barrio has been named one of the top 24 History books of all time by Book Riot. His articles have appeared in publications including American Legion and War History Online. Recognized by both the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans for his groundbreaking work on Company E 141st Infantry, he also specializes in genealogical research, Mexican American history, and World War II studies. Dave is a member of the National Medal of Honor Museum's Advisory Panel.
I have a writing passion for Mexican American History, Genealogy, and World War II. I'm looking to bring our positive stories to the world using any platform available.
"As Latino Americans we must improve at recording and documenting our own history, no one is going to do it for us."
September 14, 2023
New Orleans, LA
Hollywood Actor/Producer Wilmer Valderrama's production company obtained the film rights to Patriots from the Barrio.
Patriots From The Barrio
Mountain View, CA. Private Corporate Hispanic Heritage Event
Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin Texas
Author Dave Gutierrez has been invited to present Patriots from the Barrio at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans on August 13 2020
Wilmer Valderrama Set to Produce Series About Mexican-American WWII Heroes
Hollywood Actor/Producer Wilmer Valderrama has obtained the exclusive film rights to Author Dave Gutierrez's true WWII story
November 10 2017 - Dave Gutierrez has signed a deal to partner with Westholme Publishing to publish Patriots from the Barrio. Westholme will be publishing a new edition of Gutierrez's self published true WWII story.
In 1939 there were two Texas National Guard units in El Paso Texas, Company E was composed entirely of Mexican Americans from the barrios of El Paso. As more Mexican Americans joined the guard from south Texas, they were assigned to Company E. Author Dave Gutierrez details the segregation and discrimination of the time and follows the men from the barrios of Texas to some of the most horrific battles in Italy during World War II. The men of Company E were part of America's Greatest Generation. Some enlisted, some were drafted, but serve they did and they served with distinction and pride not because they were Mexicans, but because they were American Patriots. They just happened to be PATRIOTS From The BARRIO.
Capt. John L. Chapin was the commanding officer of Company E. Capt. Chapin was killed in action leading his men across the Rapido River in Italy. In 2000 a new high school was opened in El Paso and named in his honor. All of the men who served under his command are memorialized on a beautiful rotunda memorial.
In 2014 Author Dave Gutierrez held his first book signing at Captain John L. Chapin Memorial High School
Part II: https://youtu.be/D7_hVDUCdII
Part III: https://youtu.be/wuQqx3xq-f8
San Jose, California, United States