Borinqueneers Express Solidarity With ‘Toughest Chicano Soldiers’ Of WWII

 

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Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews.com

 

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 …

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Projects To Honor Borinqueneers In Connecticut, On the Move

 

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Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews.com
 

Recognition for the contributions and sacrifices made by the Puerto Rican soldiers of U.S. Army’s 65th infantry, the famed Borinqueneers, in three wars continues to advance in Connecticut with an effort to establish a memorial park in New Britain under way and, more recently, with legislation introduced to name in their honor a stretch of East Main Street in the Latino section of Bridgeport.

While work on the New Britain project is moving forward, primarily at this point  on the organizational and planning levels, the street renaming proposal, introduced in January by Rep. Christopher Rosario (D-128) of Bridgeport, has been gaining significant support both at the state level and from a national organization that spearheaded the successful drive to have a Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to the 65th Regiment.

Rosario’s bill is being considered with other street name requests, according to Rep. Angel Arce (D-4), …

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New Britain’s ‘Borinqueneers’ Memorial Park On Track

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Robert Held
CTLatinoNews.com
 

On the heels of the success of the national grassroots effort to award the ‘Borinqueneers” the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, organizers of a memorial  park to honor the last segregated military unit in U.S. history say they are more energized than ever.

Isias Diaz, a Board member of the 65th Regiment National Historic Society and its spokesperson, says he and the others have high hopes for what the memorial park can stand for in New Britain.

“This park and memorial, I hope, will one day be compared to the Iwo Jima memorial located right near here in Connecticut. I want it to be iconic, where everyone knows what it means and what it symbolizes,” said Diaz.

The park, described as the first in the nation, has drawn support from a number of community leaders, who include, Rep. Bobby Sanchez,  New Britain City Councilman Willy Pabon,  …

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