Marcario García was the first Mexican immigrant to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was awarded the medal for his actions in Germany on November 27, 1944, while a member of the 4th Infantry Division.
García was born on January 20, 1920, in Villa de Castaños, Mexico in the state of Coahuila. In 1924, García’s family immigrated to the United States in search of a better way of life. Marcario lived in Sugar Land, Texas where he worked as a cotton farmer.
Following the U.S.’s entry into World War II, García joined the United States Army as a private at his adopted hometown’s recruiting station in November 1942. He was assigned to Company B, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
On November 27, 1944, near Grosshau, Germany, while an acting squad leader of Company B, 22d Infantry, García singlehandedly assaulted two enemy machine-gun emplacements.