The last surviving member of Mexican Revolution hero Francisco "Pancho" Villa's elite cavalry detachment known as the "Dorados" (the Golden Ones) died recently. Capt. Guillermo Flores Reyes died of natural causes Nov. 5 in the Mexican state of Mexico; he was 116 years old.
According to historians, Flores joined Villa's army at the age of 15. He participated in the 1916 raid on against Columbus, N.M.. Flores was a native of the state of Jalisco, and was buried in Ecatepec.
There is a folk song about Villa and his Golden Ones called "Corrido Villista." These are some of the lyrics in Spanish, with translation to English:
"Yo soy soldado de Pancho Villa"
(I am one of Pancho Villa's soldiers)
de sus Dorados, soy el mas fiel,
(I am the most loyal of his Golden Ones)
nada me importa perder la vida,
(I care nothing about losing my life,)
si es cosa de hombres morir por el.
(It's a thing of men to die for him.)
Ya llegó, ya esta aquí,
(He's come, he's here now,)
Pancho Villa con su gente,
(Pancho Villa and his people,)
con sus dorados valientes,
(with his brave Golden Ones,)
que por él han de morir.
(Who will die for him.)
Mexican singer Antonio Aguilar sings this corrido, which can be heard on YouTube.