University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Daniel Salinas Papers, 1937-1999 (bulk 1943-1945)

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Salinas, Daniel, 1921-1999.
Title: Daniel Salinas Papers
Dates: 1937-1999
Dates (Bulk): 1943-1945
Creator Abstract: Daniel Salinas was one of the first Mexican-Americans to enlist in the Army Air Force in 1942, at the age of 21. After completion of his military training he was sent to Italy where he flew 76 missions during World War II. Upon returning to the United States he married Ana Maria Salinas and moved to San Antonio, Texas; they lived there for a short time before returning to Laredo, Texas. After moving back to Laredo, Daniel Salinas worked for his uncle at Salinas Department Store. He eventually went on to open his own store, Salinas Variety Store. He also worked as an accountant for three firms in Laredo.
Content Abstract: The Daniel Salinas Papers span the years 1937-1999 (with the bulk of the materials dating 1943-1945) and is comprised of military and personal papers. Materials include photographs, correspondence, training manuals, government documents, yearbooks, obituary notices, newspaper clippings, postcards, records of business transactions, and a Certificate of Baptism.
Identification: MS 274
Extent: 0.8 linear feet
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Daniel Salinas, III was born on May 11, 1921 in Laredo, Texas and died on March 3, 1999 in Laredo. He graduated from Laredo High School in 1940. Salinas had three sisters, Amelia, Berta, and Diana; and two brothers, Rogelio and Cesar.

Daniel Salinas was one of the first Mexican-American pilots in World War II and served from 1942-1945, enlisting in the Army Air Force (AAF) at the age of 21. He began his three phase training program with phase one at San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center (SAACC) in San Antonio, TX. He went on to phase two of the program at Coffeyville Army Airfield in Coffeyville, Kansas where he completed nine weeks of basic pilot training. He then was sent to Aloe Army Air Field at Victoria, Texas to complete his training with advanced single-engine training for fighter pilots. He earned his silver wings on May 23, 1944 and in November of that year he was sent to Italy with his unit, the 22nd Tactical Air Command of the 12th, AAF. Salinas, who had his own plane “Taani,” flew 76 missions and 500 combat hours while stationed in Italy.

After returning, Daniel Salinas married Ana Maria Salinas. They lived in San Antonio between 1945 and 1951. While living in San Antonio he worked as a crop duster, flying out of Randolph, and at Curtis Candy Company. In 1951 Daniel and his wife returned to Laredo where he worked for his uncle at Salinas Department Store before opening his own store, Salinas Variety Store. He also worked as an accountant for three different accounting firms: Laredo Machine and Supply, Poncho Mims, and Mares. He and Ana had six children: Ana Patricia, Norma Gerardina, Leticia Irma, Daniel IV, Guillermo, and Javier.

Press Release, submitted to La Prensa by Salinas and Gutierrez families. [In collection control folder.]

Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1937 through 1999 (with the bulk of the materials dating 1943-1945) and documents the military career and personal life of Daniel Salinas. It begins with a yearbook from 1937, the year he graduated from Laredo High School, and it follows with the time he served in the Army Air Forces, 12th Air Force, during World War II, his impending marriage to Ana Maria Salinas, and his career thereafter. The bulk of the material consists of correspondence, both military and non-military, photographs from the time he served in the military, training manuals, government documents, and yearbooks. Other materials include obituary notices, various newspaper clippings, postcards, business transactions, and a Certificate of Baptism.

Organization of Collection

Series 1. Military Career
Series 2. Personal Files


Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from the collection must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Salinas, Daniel, 1921-1999.
Salinas, Ana Maria.
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 12th.
Soldiers--Training of--United States.
Soldiers--United States--Family relationships.
World War, 1939-1945--Air operations, American--Italy.
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--United States.
Laredo (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Training manuals.
School yearbooks.
Local Subjects
Mexican Americans

Separated Material

Two books were removed from the collection and transferred to the UTSA Library for possible inclusion in the general library collection or rare books:

  • The Officer's Guide. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Military Service Publishing Co., 1943
  • Zweng, Charles A. and Zweng, Allan C. Aeronautical Training: A Quiz System for Commercial and Private Pilots. Bloomington, Illinois: McKnight and McKnight, 1951.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Daniel Salinas Papers, MS 274, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Ana M. Salinas in January 2008 (Acc. 2008-006).

Processing Information

Processed by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, March 2008.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Military Career, 1941-1967

This series is primarily comprised of photographs, from the time Salinas served in the military, his training manuals and papers, postcards from San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center (SAACC) training camp, correspondence, and yearbooks.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 Military training manuals, September 1941 and July 20, 1943
2 Military training manuals,January 1, 1944 and undated
3 Postcards,July 28, 1943
4 Photographs,1943-1945
5 Photographs, 1943-1945
6 Military correspondence,December 28, 1945 and June 19, 1946
7 Department of Civil Aeronautics correspondence,June 1, 1950
7 Veterans album, February 9, 1967
8 Class 44-E yearbook, undated
9 Military missal, undated
10 Military training papers, undated
11 Study material, undated

Personal Files, 1937-1999

This series is primarily comprised of correspondence, a high school yearbook, newspaper clippings, business transactions, a certificate of Baptism, study manuals, obituary notices, and other material.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
2 1 La Pitahaya yearbook,1937
2 Correspondence, March 9-April 27, 1945
3 Correspondence, May 1945 and October 1945
4 Certificate of Baptism and other papers, November 26, 1945 and undated
5 Newspaper clippings, December 9, 1945 and undated
6 Records of business transactions, 1949-1953, 1989, and undated
7 General Treasury of the State of Tamaulipas document, November 21, 1967
8 Obituary notices, March 5, 1999
9 Study manuals, undated
10 Other material, undated