Category Archives: The Mexican Revolution

THE FIRING SQUAD

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The Firing Squad

I was browsing through some old photos and I ran across a photo of my wife’s Uncle Moses When he was a much younger man and played catcher on a baseball team in Puebla in the early 40’s.

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Uncle Moses was the best man at my wedding and a great guy. So I found this photo of him on the team but there was something else about the photo that caught my eye. I told my son, look at this guy standing in the back row wearing a hat, there’s something wrong with his face.

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He looked at it and said, You’re right, it looks deformed like he has no chin. He said, I’ve seen this guy or a photo of him somewhere before. So he thought about it for awhile and said, You know where I think I saw him was at Ripley’s  Believe it or Not Museum in New York.
 So we started searching through Ripley’s internet pages and sure enough we found some photos of the same Guy. It turned out to be a very interesting story.

The man who returned from his own execution

 

General Carranza

General Carranza

Back during the Mexican Revolution (1915) a young man by the name of  Wenceslao Moguel , whio lived in Yucatan, Mexico joined up with Revolutionaries fighting on the side of Venustiano Carranza gathered up a group of students to fight the opposing enemy, poorly armed and inexperienced they were captured and a Col. Ortiz ordered their execution by firing squad. Wenceslao was in the last group to face a squad of 8 soldiers and after a cigarette they fired 8 rounds into his body, he fell and the Col. Went over with a revolver and shot him in the head with a Coup de Grace shot.

Mexican Firing Squad

Mexican Firing Squad


 Another battle was taking place so the bodies were left where they were. But Wenceslao wasn’t dead, although severly wounded he managed to crawl to the church of St. James Apostle three blocks away where a church member  found him, took him home a helped to stop his  bleeding cared for him till he recuperated. After the Revolution ended he became known as the miracle of the executed man who returned from the dead.  He traveled around the country and even to the USA where he was invited on the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Radio Program in 1937.

Wenceslao Moguel Survivor of Firing Squad on Ripleys Radio Program

          Wenceslao Moguel
Survivor of Firing Squad on Ripleys Radio Program

Wenceslao Moguel and Robert Ripley

Wenceslao Moguel and Robert Ripley

 

  He returned to his beloved Yucatan home where he lived to be 85 years old and he passed away about 1975. 

Then I got to wondering, why was he at this baseball game. I think it was because he was paying a visit to Uncle Moses Father, )my wifes grandfather=, Major Rosalio Romero who had been in command of the military headqurters of General Carranzas troops stationed in Tlaxcala. 

 

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The Revolution (Part #2)

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 Once the initial volley was over Porfirio Diaz saw he no longer had control & took a steamer to Europe. There were many factions fighting for control, Pancho Villa in the North, Zapata in the South , Carranza & Obregon wound up controlling most of Mexico.

Madero was assassinated by Huerta, Obregon turned against Carranza, Huerta became interim President while conspiring with U.S. Ambassador Henry Lane Wilson. Wilson & Huerta were both alcoholics, bottle brothers fraternity.  The Carranza Government crashed & He & his cohorts grabbed all the gold they could & hightailed it towards Veracruz. To no avail, Carranza was assassinated in Tlaxcalantongo, Puebla.

 Obregon became President and a restless peace followed.

Fransisco Madero

An interesting sidenote: Madero was the first head of state to fly in an airplane.  November 30th, 1911.It was a French plane called a Deperdussin.

Gen. Huerta

General Obregon

General Obregon lost his right arm in the Revolution. One of the great minds, he started educational reform , hired Vasconcelos as Secretary of Education, Mexican Muralism saw its greatest thrust during the 20’s. Obregon was assassinated in 1928 by a fanatical catholic who didnt like the way Catholics were treated. (Seperation of Church & State).

An interesting note: The worlds first aerial bombardment took place off the coast of Sinaloa when a warship of Obregons was being attacked by 2 warships of Huerta. A Mexican pilot in a biplane drove them off by bombing them.

Pancho Villa...easy rider

Here’s Pancho on an “Indian” motorcycle.

Pancho was assassinated

 Machine gunned in an ambush… Pancho was driving a Dodge.. No Japanese riceburners for him. His last words were… Dont let me go this way…tell them I said something…

To see more go to this link to read Historian Jim Tucks account of the Revolution..

http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/294-the-mexican-revolution-a-nation-in-flux-part-2

The Revolution (part 1)

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The Mexican Revolution’s Centenial is right around the corner, November the 18th to be exact and if you’re in Mexico you can expect plenty of fireworks and parties.

Many Americans confuse “Independence Day” (Sept. 16th) Of which the Bicentenial occurs this year with the revolution and the French Invasion, (cinco de Mayo). Anyway these are all seperate events. The Revolution  is easier to check up on….more parties, confetti throwing, fireworks & hangovers will hardly end before Revolution Day comes along . There were more reporters, newspapers , telegraphs, telephones & the film industry were in their infancy, so its easier to find facts.

 And the American Government meddled in the conflict also, several Americans joined up to fight in the Revolution also and were threatened with loss of American citizenship for doing so.

Here are some of the players in this program:

James Creelman...American Reporter

 James Creelman, an American Reporter inadvertantly created a spark to ignite the revolution. During an interview with Dictator Porfirio Diaz he asked, ” Do you plan on continuing in the Presidency?”  Diaz had been President for 30 years. “I’m getting old, ” he said, ” And I would welcome new parties”  This was just PR to calm talk in the USA. But influential Mexican intellectuals believed it to be true & formed “anti reelectionist parties which Diaz ruthlessly tried to eliminate.

The powder keg blew when the police attacked the home of Aquiles Serdan and killed several people  on November 18th, 1910. The next day fighting broke out all over the country.

Aquiles Serdan

 The home of the Serdan family , now a museum still has bullet holes in its facade. located in the Historic District of Puebla, Mexico.

the Serdan House (Revolution Museum)

SERDAN MUSEUM

 Pacho Villa was leading Revolutionaries in the North & Emiliano Zapata was in the South.

Pancho Villa

Zapata

At one point they teamed up and occupied Mexico City.

Villa & Zapata in Mexico City.

 To get an even more in depth insight as to what was happening, go to the following link and read Historian Jim Tucks account of the Revolution in “Mex Connect”.

http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/296

Stay tuned for part 2….