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9:44 am
Tue September 3, 2013

New Memorial Gives 'Deportees' Their Names

Author Tim Z. Hernandez, right, and folk singer John McCutcheon, left, unveil a new memorial honoring the victims of a 1948 plane crash.
Rebecca Plevin Valley Public Radio

In 1948, a plane chartered by the U.S. Immigration Service crashed in Los Gatos Canyon, near Coalinga. Everyone on board died. Immediate news reports named the flight crew and an immigration officer, but referred to the passengers as “28 Mexican deportees.” The crash was immortalized by folk singer Woody Guthrie, who wrote a poem about the tragedy, and assigned symbolic names to the Mexican nationals. On Monday morning, those passengers were formally named and recognized.

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