At some unspecified moment, Cárdenas joined Pancho Villa's army and became captain of it. After Villa's raid in Columbus, New Mexico, Cárdenas took three prisoners and attempted to kill them by firing squad, but the execution was called off by Villa himself in the last minute. One of these prisoners was the American explorer and archaeologist Indiana Jones.
He and two of his men were killed by Lieutenant George S. Patton during a gunfight in a cantina in Rubio, Mexico, in 1916. Patton put then their corpses in a military car and carried them to General Pershing's headquarters.
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As an interest fact, the real Julio Cárdenas was called "General" by his men despite being only a captain, who is a rank below the rank of Lieutenant. He lead Pancho Villa's bodyguards, the Dorados ("The Golden Ones").
Something interesting to note is that the scene of his assassination in the Young Indy TV series is based on reality but there are some important differences. For example, Lt. George S. Patton did not carry the mission alone, but with ten men under his command, and the assassination took place in a ranch named San Miguelito instead of a cantina like in the series.
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal" → Spring Break Adventure
- South of the Border