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Part of East 9th Avenue in the historic city was renamed in honor of Salvador Martinez Ybor Jr.

TAMPA, Fla. — A ceremony on Monday officially renamed part of a Ybor City street in honor of a World War II hero and grandson of the historic city’s founder. 

City leaders gathered on the southwest corner of East 9th Avenue at North 19th Street where a portion of the road will now bear the name of Salvador Martinez Ybor Jr. Known affectionately as “Salvin,” he served during World War II. 

He enlisted in the Army Infantry Division when he was 32 and reportedly played a “pivotal” role in the 43rd Infantry’s invasion of the Philippines. In January 1945, Salvador was critically wounded during the Battle of Luzon. He died and was buried at sea. 

However, his service and sacrifice weren’t forgotten. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, “a recognition that …

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