On Memorial Day, the remembrance of those who died while serving in this nation’s armed forces includes honoring the sacrifices made by Hispanics as members of segregated units. One of these units, Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Borinqueneers, have been recognized nationally and in Connecticut for its heroics in Korea more than 60 years ago. Less widely known is the important role played by the Mexican-American Company E of the Texas National Guard, the “toughest Chicano soldiers” of World War II.
In an expression of Latino solidarity, the national Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance is helping promote the legacy of the predominantly Mexican Company E, which originated in El Paso and served on the front line in the liberation of Italy from the Nazis. Company E is definitely an American story that should be “woven in the fabric of our society and culture,” said Frank …