In CT It’s A Go For Borinqueneers, Nationally Left Out of Medal Design

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Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews.com
 

As Connecticut is poised to rename a major street through a Latino neighborhood in Bridgeport to “Borinqueneers Memorial  Highway’, nationally questions are raised about the lack of input they’ve had in the design of the Congressional Gold Medal they were awarded.

The state bill, which passed early this morning in the legislature’s special session and is headed to the governor’s desk, honors  the segregated  Puerto Rican military unit, officially the  U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment that served in four wars, while enduring discrimination and other hardships from within the military itself.

Nationally, the organization that lead the grassroots effort  to have the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor awarded to the Borinqueneers is criticizing the U.S. Mint, which is responsible for the medal’s production. The issue, they say, is that those who fought in those units have had little if any participation in the design of  the medal.…

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The Borinqueneers: A Story That Had To Be Told

Korean War Veteran Luis Rodriquez, who was part of the 65th Regiment received a signed copy of the Congressional Gold Medal bill which honored him and his fellow 'Borinqueneers'. He is joined by Frank Median, who led the fight to have the unit's role in U.S. history recognized.

Korean War Veteran Luis Rodriquez, who was part of the 65th Regiment, received a signed copy of the Congressional Gold Medal bill which honored him and his fellow ‘Borinqueneers’. He is joined by Frank Medina, who led the fight to have the unit’s role in U.S. history recognized.

 
Diane Alverio
Publisher
 
In the fall of 2012, shortly after we launched CTLatinoNews.com, we learned of a story that, unfortunately, none of us had heard before.  It is the story of the soldiers of the segregated 65th military regiment based in Puerto Rico.  Although, according to historians, they fought valiantly in four wars, they were subjected to discrimination and other abuses by the military itself,  merely because they were from Puerto Rico.
 

It took a young Bridgeport, CT  Latino, Frank Medina, to take the lead and work tirelessly  to make sure this unit’s role in history became known and their story told.    …

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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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