The Tornillo Port of Entry was renamed Wednesday to honor local World War I veteran Marcelino Serna, the U.S. General Services Administration announced.
Serna, who lived in El Paso before being sent overseas, became the most decorated World War I veteran from all of Texas. He has also received two Purple Heart Awards from the U.S. Army for his acts of courage.
After becoming a U.S. citizen in 1924, Serna would also eventually become the first Hispanic to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
“The Marcelino Serna Port of Entry will not only honor this extraordinary man’s service to our nation, it will serve as a reminder of the countless Hispanic-American immigrants who have fought valiantly to keep our nation safe,” Congressman Will Hurd said.
Serna died in 1992 at the age of 95 and was buried with full military honors at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.