When the body of Private Felix Longoria returned home to Three Rivers, Texas after World War II, the local funeral parlor refused to hold a wake, claiming “the whites would not like it.” Longoria, a war hero killed in the Philippines, could only be buried in the separate Mexican section of the cemetery. Longoria’s wife and mother went to Hector Garcia, founder of the American G.I. Forum, who contacted several congressmen and Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. Though denouncing the obvious prejudice, Johnson said he had no authority over private funeral homes, but he could arrange for a burial for Private Longoria with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. The funeral took place a month later at Arlington, with Johnson in attendance.