By David Cheng
Jose Felix Estigarribia Insaurralde,
a Paraguayan native, born in Caraguatay in February 21, 1888, was
perhaps one of Paraguay’s most memorable both war hero, and
President for the liberal party. Well educated and trained, Estigarribia
joined the National Army in the year 1910 and was sent to both Chile
and France for more training. When the Chaco War broke out at the
year 1928, Estigarribia was given the authority to command Paraguay’s
first Infantry division. Then as the war went on later in the year
was promoted from colonel to brigadier general, later he became
commander in chief of all armed forces of Paraguay. He led the Paraguayans
to many significant victories over Bolivia.
When the Chaco War ended at the year 1935, he became at the time
one of the most famous war hero’s. When President Eusubio
Ayala got overthrown during 1939 by the Febrerista, Estigarribia
was elected to be President on August 15, 1939 on a four term deal.
During the Chaco War, he lead the Paraguayan national
Army into victories and in some case some supremely victories out
of the enemies hands. It was also because of his military strategies
and his braveness that gave Paraguay the hope of making it through
the hard times of the long Chaco War.
Paraguay in the Chaco War, unlike Bolivia, relied
heavily on their military experts. It was at this time that Estigarribia
stood up along with many other great heroes that gave Paraguay the
advantage over Bolivian forces. Estigarribia first gain experience
in combat cause he had been a volunteer for the French army during
the World War I. As a result, he became a profession in the arts
Unfortunately, on September 7, 1940, just one year
after his presidency term, he vanished in a plane crash along with
his wife. It was believe that he was dead after the plane crash
which was believe also to have left no survivors.
Even though Estigarribia had been only a one year president for
Paraguay, but to many Paraguayans heart, Jose Felix Estigarribia
was and will remain as a forever hero cause of his military leadership
despite of his presidency term. Even when people don’t know
him really well during his presidency, many Paraguayan’s admire
his role as being the one of the top leaders of the nation. His
hard work, willingness, and determination will remain forever in
each of everyone Paraguayan.