First Mexican-American four-star general in the history of the U.S. Army.
He participated in his school's ROTC program.
He won Distinguished Service Cross citations for his service in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
His brother, Lauro Cavazos, served as the U.S. Secretary of Education from 1988 to 1990.
He and Ann E. Dunwoody were both four-star generals in the U.S. Army.