The events surrounding the arrival of Generalissimo Antonio López de Santa Anna in San Antonio in 1836 are widely known. Not so widely known was that one his descendants would arrive in San Antonio — also in uniform — 107 years later.
Hector Santa Anna learned to be an Army Air Force pilot at Brooks Field in San Antonio, less than 10 miles from where his ancestor laid siege to the Alamo. The generalissimo left San Antonio on his way to defeat at San Jacinto. His great-great nephew, a newly minted U.S. Army flier, left San Antonio to join the 486th Heavy Bombardment Group in England.
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