November 20 - November 26
Welcome to another This Week in USBP History!
This past week saw the 191st Newton-Azrak Award presented when Border Patrol Agent Leobardo Jacinto was recognized for a harrowing action that occurred in 2010. The 12th anniversary of his action is November 20th and is listed below with the other Newton-Azrak Award anniversaries.
Last week, I glossed over an incredible anniversary for the Patrol as as I wrote about Border Patrol Agent John "Charlie" Gigax. I glossed over is what I consider to be the genesis story of the Patrol. Rather than speak of a single document, I'm going to share the story...
For a quick background, I wrote the article in 2018 after having visited the National Archives several times beginning in December 2017. In my first research visit to the Archives, I found many of the documents in the article below. I would also find documents that would correct inaccurate Border Patrol history and folklore. Such as...
Where the Legend Began - Leading up to the Border Patrol's 75th anniversary in 1999, El Paso Sector was planning events and initiatives for the benchmark date. Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David B. Ham was assigned as the sector's lead. As part of the pending celebration, El Paso's Chief Patrol Agent tasked Chief Ham with creating a slogan for El Paso. Based on the common and incorrect belief that El Paso was the location of the first sector and station, as well as the location of the first National Border Patrol Training School, he coined the phrase, "Where the Legend Began".
However, historical documents show that El Paso was neither the location of the first "sector" nor the first station. When funding (pg. 240) was received in 1924, all of the first 32 "sectors" and stations came into being, simultaneously nationwide.
Not to lessen the value of the City of El Paso in Border Patrol history, it is believed that Frank Berkshire authored his proposals to create the Border Patrol while in his office El Paso. Evidence suggests that the building in which his office was located is still standing, the Mills Building. Please see the letterhead in this document. The story is in the article below...
The Father of the border Patrol
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