Retired Gen. Richard E. Cavazos

Retired Gen. Richard E. Cavazos, the U.S. Army's first Hispanic four-star general, casket is transported by the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Caisson Section during his internment ceremony Nov. 14, 2017, at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas. In 1976 Mexican-American Cavazos made military history by becoming the first Hispanic to attain the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army. Less than 20 years later, the native Texan would again make history by being appointed the Army's first Hispanic four-star general. He had been retired since 1984 and died Oct. 29 after a long illness at 88. 

U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar

Retired Gen. Richard E. Cavazos was laid to rest Tuesday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

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Richard E. Cavazos

The former III Corps and Fort Hood commander died Oct. 29 at the age of 88 at the Army Resident Community in San Antonio.

Services were held at 9:30 a.m. at Porter Loring North, a funeral home in San Antonio, with more than 200 mourners attending the burial service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, including 1st Cavalry Division commander Maj. Gen. Paul T. Calvert, according to division spokesman Master Sgt. Jacob Caldwell.

Cavazos made history as the U.S. Army’s first Hispanic four-star general, served as Fort Hood’s senior leader from 1980 to 1982 before commanding U.S. Army Forces Command and is the namesake of the Killeen Independent School District’s Richard E. Cavazos Elementary School in Nolanville.

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