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The story of a hero of the Canary islands at the Site of Baler

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Santa Cruz de TenerifeUpdated:16/03/2019 03:13 pm

In addition to battling in the Philippines, Eustaquio Gopar Hernandez, hero of war by his presence on the Site of Baler, in the Philippines, had his return to Spain to do battle with the bureaucracy. It was of Tuineje, in Fuerteventura, an island that was also Rafael Alonso, of The Olive. Of Tenerife, José Hernández Arocha.

Eustaquio Gopar Hernandez was a member of the Spanish Army in the Battalion Expeditionary Hunters two. Profession farmer and born November 2, 1876, died October 25, 1963, succeeding, after a hard battle administrative, to be recognized as a lieutenant honorary.

The board asked it not to die with a pittance of pay of 60 pesetas. And also lest anyone forget that the Canary islands had its presence in the war that led to the last possession Overseas.

Who ended with the crossing of administrative was general Francisco García Escámez, one of the people most admired by the inhabitants of the islands because, among other things, assumed the necessary leadership for solutions and develop the islands when he was at the forefront of Economic Control of the Canary islands.


The charismatic general García Escámez, very appreciated by the most humble people of the islands, started for what I believed more simple. Referred to the captain general of the Canary islands a document with the file 3533-B July, 1944. Asks that you grant him the hero’s canary Baler the grade of lieutenant honorary survivor in the Philippines serving with what was contained in the decree on the cuzados of the NINETEENTH century, that is to say, the decree of the head of State, 12 march 1938.

To understand the power of García Escámez keep in mind these positions: Captain general of the Canary islands, commander in chief of the forces of Land, Sea and Air, and on the Economic Control of the Archipelago. All-in-one.

Days pass and García Escámez receives a letter from a subordinate, in a tone of the ranges, which leaves him cold: this is a response from the chief who is at the forefront of Recruitment and Staff. In the letter, it is noted that dismissing the petition because, in the judgment of the standard of 1938, was an indispensable pre-condition to have been framed in the rows carlists, “circumstances do not concur in the applicant”, stresses the text.

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