Casimiro (Casey) Garza, Jr

Profile Updated: November 11, 2017
Class Year: 1965
Residing In: Corpus Christi, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Sharon Ray Garza
Occupation: Sales-AutoNation Ford - Corpus Christi
Children: Troy Mantle Garza 19 yr old
Marissa Nicole Garza 17 yr old
Military Service: US Army  

6 years in Army, service tours in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces (Green Berets), graduated from Texas A&I in Finance, banking work for 12 years and been with Ford sales since 1989, working currently with AutoNation Ford in Corpus Christi

School Story:

Remember getting my graduation diploma, out at Memorial Stadium....started stepping off the stage and then it hit me...."WTF now.....Vietnam!"

Instead of being drafted, I volunteered for fear of Vietnam. At the Ft Sam Houston reception station, there were something like 300 new soldiers in a large room. This was after all of the medical clearance checks to make sure you passed muster. A drill Sergeant, two of them, came in yelling at the US(Draftees) that were grouped together. "When I point at you, you get you damn ass up and line up against the wall and move like you got a pair". After picking about 30 or so, all over 6' tall...."Congratulations, you are now property of the US Marine Corps".....follow me! He might as well have said "Marine Corpses", 6 months later they were either dead, wounded or screwed up from going to Vietnam.

At the end, I ended up going thru OCS, Ranger, Airborne and Green Beret training and ended up in Vietnam anyways.

On the way back, from Vietnam, I landed in San Francisco and was yelled at by some hippies/beatniks. With my beret on, I looked a little different then the other soldiers. A little old lady came up, and ask me if I was American. I said yes and she asked me what I did. "I'm with the Special Forces". Oh, she says..."my grandson is also, what instrument do you play" (this was Special Services).....after a slight puzzled look, I told her the M16......I left with a big smile on my face.......true story.

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:09 AM
Feb 03, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Long dear friend of mine, we both were in Kingsville at the time of his passing. Great, great guy and a hard working man for his beautiful family.  After retirement, he worked at Walmart there in Kingsville.  I remember visiting with him one last time, just before he passed away.  He's missed not only by his family but a lot by myself.  It was always great to go into Walmart and and see an old Memorial Mustang/Alice you and miss you buddy.

Feb 03, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Fond great memories of "funning" with him, Larry Branch, and Ricky Patterson. We lived close to each other on Blue Bonnet Street.  We would pool our money together and go down to the Dew Drop Inn and buy a box of 22 round ammunition.  Rickey had two rifles, Larry his and Bobby had one.  We'd go down to the San Diego Creek and shoot at anything that moved, or even if it didn't.  We couldn't have been more then 13-14, and can't imagine me letting my kids at that age doing such a thing.  Bobby, Larry and I eventually ended up in Vietnam, and it seemed to not only change us, but separate us as well.  Bobby and Larry are now gone, no idea where Ricky ended up.  Both of his parents drowned in Lake Alice, and not sure what happened after that. Long time ago, it seems but at the same time, seems like just yesterday......"yesterday when we were young".

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Nov 18, 2017 at 4:33 PM

I vaguely remember Sherry in school.  However we discovered each other on FaceBook.  At opposite ends of the political spectrum,  we were constantly at each other in disagreement.  We agreed to disagree and always stayed respectful and friends.  In getting to know her, let me just say that I admired her a lot, not only for standing up to me, but the fight she endured over several years with cancer.  Her death came suddenly to me, for I learned it much later after the fact, and it ended with me owing her something.....she was such a hard fighting woman, that I couldn't help but admired her for that, at the end, I told her that the first time I saw her, I would give her one of the biggest hugs for all that she had been thru..."Sherry, I never paid you that hug that I promised, but if at the end, hopefully God will permit to stop briefly in heaven and give that to you, for without a doubt that is where we will find you"..... I can't remember the high school team she rooted hard for out of the Houston area, but I bet she's cheering them on right now....we miss and love you my friend, I hope you'll allow me to call you that.

Nov 18, 2017 at 4:33 PM

I can barely picture Allen from high school.  It has been over over 50+ years, and I am sure we've changed a bit. Wish we could maybe come up with one's high school picture in rememberance of him, or anyone else for that matter.  I'm scatching my brain, trying to remember contacts with him, and I know that we had some interactions.  We didn't run the same circles, but we had some good contact/memories.  I just hate it , and out of respect for him, that I could have a picture to recollect him by...thanks.

Oct 19, 2017 at 8:33 PM

I grew up with Armando, went to school at Salazar and all the way thru high school.  We both went in the Army at the same time-basic and advance training , and ended up in Vietnam.  Later Mando worked for Yates Ford for several years, and passed away fairly young, something like just inside of 30 years can blame the Army on that.

He was a really good guy, hard working and lived in Agua Dulce prior to his passing.

Aug 08, 2017 at 11:19 AM

"Little Joe" good to see you are still around. I am in Kingsville and still working, congratulations on your retirement. Lots of fond memories growing up with you, your Dad and the Alice Boys Club. I ran into your Mom, many many years back in a mall in San Antonio, she actually recognized me first, boxing was the first subject that came up.

Glad to see you well and successful.

Casimiro (Casey) Garza

Jul 29, 2017 at 4:33 PM

I forgot this funny story to tell about Richard, when he ran for class President as a Senior.  He put up all of these posters with this on them:  "SEX!!  NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, VOTE FOR RICHARD GARZA CLASS PRESIDENT"....that mean Mr John Alebis and Bill Morris,  nixed that plan pretty the way, he won!

Jul 29, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Richard and i connected during the 4th grade, coming over to us from Schallert.  His mom was also a teacher at Salazar Elementary School.  He was bright and a top all around athlete. One thing I remember, is that he was very competitive, as I and we were always trying to best the other in our school work.  When he first moved to Salazar his Spanish was a little weak, and remember him being given a hard time for only speaking English....on the playground, you were spanked if you spoke Spanish in class.  But like everything else, he took to it pretty fast and mastered it in no time.

My fondest memories of him are on the ball field, playing against each other in Little League, him with City Grocery and Market and myself with the Jaycees, and later together on the All-Star teams.

I was able to connect with him on the phone, a few months before his passing and he was still the same, he never changed.

He is missed by all, great great guy, as well as his family....we were both Garza, but brothers from a different mother.


Apr 04, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Mr brother Steve, he was killed in a motorcycle accident in or around 1981, been awhile and remember I was working in Midland when I got the news.  Left two daughters, Lizette and Yvette.  Served a few years in the Army and we were stationed together in Okinawa.

Apr 04, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Donna was in school with me at A&I.  It has been awhile, but thinking it was around 1972-75.  She was killed by a car while she was walking in Houston or some sort of vehicle accident.......that seems to be what I remember. 

Apr 17, 2017 at 12:08 PM

Posted on: Apr 01, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Ah come on Candy Man, tell us his name.

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Mar 16, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Larry and I were like brothers for the longest times.  His time with the 173rd in Vietnam took him away from me, if not all of us.

Larry was special, but never really attained those high goals that we all set, due to the war, he was never the same.

Rest in peace, buddy,


Casimiro (Casey) Garza, Jr


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