On April 15, the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Agua Prieta will be remembered.
The 100th year anniversary of the US and Mexican casualties of the Battle of Agua Prieta, is actually April 13.
A caravan of vehicles will travel 3rd Street from Amistad Park to Calvary Cemetery.
Then there will be the placement of Mexican wreath on Police Chief Julian G. Garcia’s grave in Section M-149-5 and reading of the names of the Mexican Revolution deceased buried in Calvary Cemetery, and placement of US wreath on EP&SW Railroad Switchman Robert H. Harrington’s grave in Section K-157-6 and the reading of the names of US casualties and deceased buried in Calvary Cemetery.
“We also commemorate the local Medal of Honor recipient-- the nation’s highest award presented in the White House by US President Taft to Captain Julien Edmond Victor Gaujot, commander of Troop K, 1st us Cavalry stationed at Douglas in March / April 1911,” sais Silas Griffin of the Griffin Writing Project, sponsor of the event.
“This US Army officer (buried in Section 6 of the Arlington National Cemetery) performed a significant benevolent service for Douglas and Agua Prieta on April 13, 1911. While under extensive gunfire from Federals and Revolutionaries, Capt. Gaujot and Mr. McKean crossed the international border and negotiated a cease fire between the Maderista Revolutionary forces under the command of General Blanco & Col. Arturo “Red” Lopez and the Porfirista Federal soldiers fighting the first battle of the Mexican Revolution in Agua Prieta.
“They brought to the USA the remaining Federal soldiers and their five American POW’s. Accompanied by interpreter Charles McKean, a Spanish American War veteran- (McKean had served as a Rough Rider in Cuba under Maj. John C. Greenway), Capt Gaujot was successful in his self-directed mission and saved many lives on both sides of the border. NO marker, building, school, street, or park in Douglas is named in their honor.”
All people from the general public are welcome to attend.