Mr. Gallardo received the U.S. Air Medal as well as the Mexican Medal of Merit and one
for his service in the Far East.
Monuments honoring “el Escuadrón 201” can be found throughout México and its
members are still honored and respected today. The men were honored with a 50th Anniversary
celebration on July 25, 1994 in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, México.49
Mr. Gallardo returned to México feeling a strong sense of responsibility to share his
experience and knowledge with others. After the war, he was responsible of choosing and
training new aviators.
Mr. Gallardo married his wife Angelina in 1969; the couple had two children. He was an
aviator for the government of Michoacan, México, during this time. He served as director of the
security department of the Mexican Social Security offices and as a Civil Aeronautics Inspector
After a long military and civil service career in México, Mr. Gallardo decided to move to
the United States, making Austin, Texas, his home in 1984. He owns a business and divides his
spare time between his family and hobbies such as sailing. He lives a peaceful life and is
extremely proud of his accomplishments. Mr. Gallardo has advice for young people, based, he
says either on his training or what his parents taught him.
“Maybe because of …fate…we are Mexican. But because we are, we should feel responsible for
what we are. A soldier behaves well because that’s what he was taught. A Mexican should
behave well because he is Mexican. I want for Mexicans to be proud of their name, of their
Tudor, “Flight of Eagles: The Mexican expeditionary Air Force”, 290.