AUSTIN - The Texas House of Representatives has unanimously voted to posthumously confer the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Edinburg 's Pedro Cano. State Representative Aaron Peņa is the author of HCR 5 which would bestow the honor to the WWII hero.
"People in the legislature are simply amazed at the bravery of this young unassuming soldier from South Texas," said Peņa. "I am happy that the House unanimously agreed that our state should recognize Pedro Cano's heroism. We have some work ahead of us before we get this measure passed in the Senate but I am confident we'll get it done."
Next week, a committee comprised of the Adjutant General, the Office of the Lt. Governor, the Office of the Speaker of the House, the Chairman of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations will take a vote to consider awarding the honor to Cano. HCR 5 will then head to the Senate where upon approval it will be sent to the Governor for his signature.
The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that may be awarded by the State of Texas. It is designated by a concurrent resolution of the Legislature. It is awarded to a member of the state or federal military forces who voluntarily performs a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice involving risk of life that is so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the person for gallantry and intrepidity. Peņa authored legislation last session that conferred the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Edinburg 's Freddy Gonzalez. If passed Cano and Gonzalez would be the only recipients of the state's highest military honor hailing from the same city.
Cano earned the nation's second highest military decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross, for his heroism in WWII. Cano was presented the medal at a ceremony in Edinburg 's town square on April 26, 1946. Thousands of residents witnesses the event.
Tragically, Cano's life ended six years later after dying in a head on collision in Pharr.