The Haros were among a group known as Los Primeros — the first wave of Mexican immigrants to move to Milwaukee. At age 22, Mexican-born Jesse Haro found himself in the grips of fear as he prepared to risk his life for his adopted country on D-Day 1944. He fought with the Army’s 3rd Armored Division in the battle of Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. He earned numerous commendations, including a Silver Battle Star, four Overseas Service Bars and a World War II Victory Medal. In 2015, he received the 2015 Army 1Lt. Daren M. Hidalgo Latino Veteran of the Year Award as well as the “French Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal,” the highest award from the French government to U.S. veterans who fought in France during World War II.
He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve and stayed active in veterans’ issues. He was an American Legion member for more than 70 years, serving as commander of the David Valdes Post 529 in Milwaukee and the American GI Forum.