Wilmer Valderrama Acquires Rights to Dave Gutierrez’s WWII Book “Patriots from the Barrio”

It’s a Patriots mission for Wilmer Valderrama

The 37-year-old Colombian and Venezuelan American actor/producer and former That ’70s Show star and his WV Entertainment have acquired film and television rights to Patriots from the Barrio, Dave Gutierrez’s 2014 book that delves into the history of a segregated U.S. Army combat unit comprised entirely of Mexican Americans from South Texas that was part of the first division to set foot in Europe in World War II.

Wilmer Valderrama

Gutierrez’s book came about while he was researching a relative, Ramon G. Gutierrez, who during the war was captured and escaped twice, both times able to make it back across Allied lines. He later received the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts, and the Soviet Union gave him the Order of the Patriotic War. His Company E in the 36th Division fought in Italy at San Pietro in the Liri Valley, and in 1944 was nearly wiped out in the Battle of Ripaldo River, one of the U.S. Army’s biggest losses of WWII.

“During Hispanic Heritage Month, this story is especially timely, and I’m honored as a proud Latin American to amplify the courage and contributions of these incredible men,” Valderrama said.

Valderrama, who joined as a regular on CBSNCIS last year, also has the animated film Charming coming next year on which his WV Entertainment serves as a producer.

1 thought on “Wilmer Valderrama Acquires Rights to Dave Gutierrez’s WWII Book “Patriots from the Barrio”

  1. Willie De Leon from Uvalde, Texas is a native veteran who also was a member of this all Mexican Veteran Unit. WE hav a local civic center in Uvalde named after this decorated veteran. In the very immediate past, the city of Uvalde refurbished and re-dedicated the center. In doing research for this activity, I examined SSgt, De Leon DD214 and discovered veteran De Leon was also qualified to recieve the French Medal of Honor “Crioux de Guerre”. This medal was never presented to veteran De Leon thru an error of omission. This information he revealed in an interview by a local newspaper. It is a shame this error occurred. The French government, unfortunately, does not present the medal posthumously.

    mario cruz
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    Uvalde, Texas 78802
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