Puerto Rico: 65th Infantry to be honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Press release from U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
Legislation To Award The Congressional Gold Medal To ‘Borinqueneers’ Soldiers From Puerto Rico Who Fought During Korean War Garnering Support In US House Ros-Lehtinen Proud To Support It & Honor Valor Of Patriots Who Helped Save South Korea From Communism

“For most of the Korean War, the legendary 65th Infantry Regiment served as a segregated unit, consisting almost entirely of soldiers from Puerto Rico. Despite facing prejudice, ‘the Borinqueneers’ repeatedly excelled on the fields of combat in Korea. The unit played an essential part in some of the fiercest engagements throughout that war, thereby saving the people of South Korea from the scourge of Communist rule. By war’s end, the 65th was one of the most highly decorated units of the conflicts, having received 10 Distinguished Service Crosses, about 250 Silver Stars, over 600 Bronze Stars, and nearly 3,000 Purple Hearts.

Soldiers from Puerto Rico have demonstrated their valor and loyalty to our nation in the many wars that the United States has fought in the name of freedom and democracy. The ‘Borinqueneers’ stand out for doing so at a time in which they also had to fight the prejudice of racism from within the Armed Forces they so loved.

Their Congressional Gold Medal = Very good news.

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One Response to “Puerto Rico: 65th Infantry to be honored with Congressional Gold Medal”

  1. Pat Patterson Says:

    What’s rarely, if ever, mentioned about the Borinqueneers during the Korean War was that almost immediately when problems arose the Army first response was not to punish but to assign Spanish speaking non-coms to the 65th. Then as they became available Spanish speaking officers some from the mainland and but most from Puerto Rico.