Francisco "Pancho" Villa
WHO S/HE WAS:
Francisco "Pancho" Villa was a Mexican rebel and one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution.
WHAT S/HE SAID:
My sole ambition is to rid Mexico of the class that has oppressed her and given the people a chance to know what real liberty means. And if I could bring that about today by giving up my life, I would do it gladly.
WHY S/HE MATTERED:
In response to raids on United States interests, President Woodrow Wilson sent 5,000 men of the U.S. Army under the command of General Frederick Funston who oversaw John Pershing as he pursued Villa through Mexico. Employing aircraft and trucks for the first time in U.S. Army history, Pershing's force chased Villa until February 1917 without success.