Such is the case of Frank Reed, the first serviceman from Nogales to be killed in action in World War II.
Reed was the son of Maria Molina, a woman from Hermosillo, and Chester Reed, who was a sergeant in the 10th Cavalry also known as the Buffalo Soldiers.
Born in Nogales on June 21, 1920, Reed's short life was filled with all kinds of successes.
He attended Grand Avenue School, more commonly referred to as the "colored school" and later named after him, and at Nogales High School excelled both in athletics and academics.
Reed was part of the football, track, basketball and baseball teams. He was also editor of the school newspaper for a short time.
He graduated from Nogales High School in 1941.
Reed joined the Army and was killed in 1943. He was 22 years old.
Reed's memory lives on in Nogales, with Frank Reed Drive, the street along Nogales High School, named after him.
He was inducted into the Nogales High School Hall of Fame in 1992.