Riojas earned Purple Heart for U.S. Army service in Korea

Charley Robinson

Staff writer

Like the spirited American competitors striving for medals in the Winter Olympics wrapping up today in South Korea, Uvalde resident Gilbert Riojas Sr. also toiled in the Asian country. But instead of Olympic gold, silver or bronze, Riojas earned a Purple Heart for his wartime service in the 1950s.

Riojas is a retired Uvalde furniture entrepreneur and Korean War veteran who was born and raised in Uvalde. He served his country in the U.S. Army for 18 years before returning to his hometown and establishing a successful business.

He now lives quietly with his wife, Maria, in south Uvalde.


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