POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 4:55pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:35pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — It's an honor many years in the making. Thursday, Guillen Middle School's namesake, Ambrosio Guillen was posthumously given his Bowie High School diploma.
Students say their view of the school changed today.
They call him a true American hero, but for many students at Guillen Middle School, he was just the name on the building.
"it was very honoring because I didn't really know what he had done until now and it's very honoring to come to his school," said 8th grader, Luz Gonzalez.
Ambrosio Guillen was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after his death for his Gallantry and service during combat in Korea.
It was on July 25th, 1953 in Korea, that Guillen was mortally wounded.
On this day, Bowie High School and Guillen Middle School wanted to pothsumously honor Guillen with his high school diploma.
Guillen's nephew accepted it for his uncle.
"It's a day that I will always hold in my mind", said Ramon Guillen.
Ramon remembers his uncle as a great man and a gentleman.
"We were all sitting together and he was with his brothers" Ramon said. "And he smoked. What got my attention was he asked for permission to smoke. That's the kind of gentleman he was".
"I would now share it with other people that I'm part of Guillen," Gonzalez said.
Ambrosio Guillen is inspiring a new generation.