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The Borinqueneers :: The Puerto Rican Soldier, a documentary on 65th Infantry Regiment

In America Latina, militarization, Puerto Rico, racial relationships on August 29, 2007 by Eliacín

The Borinqueneers :: The Puerto Rican Soldier, a documentary on 65th Infantry Regiment


The 65th Infantry Regiment was created in 1899 by the U.S. Congress as a segregated unit composed primarily of Puerto Ricans with mostly continental officers. It went on to serve meritoriously in three wars: World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The unit was nicknamed after “Borinquen”, the word given to Puerto Rico by its original inhabitants, the Taino Indians, meaning “land of the brave lord”.

Although thousands of Puerto Ricans have served courageously in the Armed Forces since World War I, their contribution and sacrifices have gone largely unnoticed.

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2 Responses to “The Borinqueneers :: The Puerto Rican Soldier, a documentary on 65th Infantry Regiment”

  1. My father served in the 65th infantry. He served for 25 years, his name Portalatin(Anti) Cuevas Herredia

  2. My uncle Diego Ortiz Laboy from Arroyo, PR was in the Corea war , he get injured on the war . I was concerned because he is not on the Galery and they never recognized him , he deserved the Purple Medal . I’m very proud of him . Mildred Ortiz

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