A Bolivian hero: Froilan Tejerina, defender of our frontier.

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“On February 24 and 25, 1927 the Bolivian sergeant Froilan Tejerina entered the pages of history. This is part of the story.

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The Tarija hero, near the Sorpresa Bolivian fort, met with a patrol of the Paraguayan army that had entered Bolivia. [this event took place before the Chaco War, it serves to illustrate that the international border issues with Paraguay were escalating]

The Paraguayan patrol was taken to the Bolivian camp. Then, the Paraguayan military Adolfo Rojas aggressively took the gun and Froilan Tejerina cap so a fight was generated.

Tejerina managed to defeat his opponent, who ended up dead.

In the picture, Tejerina receives a medal awarded by the tarijeño people through the City Council President, Juan de Dios Trigo.

Photo: Trigo Family Archives”

While some people register the war from 1932 to 1935, the following link provides information that this unfortunate war originated in 1928, as a result of oil finding in the Chaco region, a year after the clash of Bolivian sergeant Froilan Tejerina with that Paraguayan soldier.

http://worldatwar.net/chandelle/v1/v1n3/chaco.html

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