First let met thank all, on behalf of my father, Nazario Veguilla, who worked tirelessly to obtain the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) for the Borinqueneers, U.S. Army Infantry Regular from Puerto Rico. My father was an intelligent yet humble Jibaro from Guavate, Caguas, Puerto Rico who heard the United States call to arms and didn't think twice about joining. He barely spoke English and had never been outside of the region of Caguas ... quite brave, the attitude and spirit shared by all those Borinqueneers. He is now 94 years old and forgets things, so my sisters and I are very relieved that he related many memories of his military adventures to us over the years, and that we had the foresight to make notes and keep photos and records, for it would have been lost otherwise.
According to his Army separation papers he entered service April 10, 1944 Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. He was in Company C 65th Infantry. His military campaign assignment was Rhineland, Central Europe. American Theater, USA Atlantic. He was 25 years old. He was Honorably Discharged from Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, March 14, 1946 as PVT. First Class, Reason: Demobilization Radiogram 1000 (assuming this was a radio communications unit; more importantly, where he developed his lifelong expertise in electronics). Decorations and Citations included American Theater Service Medal, WW II Victory Medal, 2 Overseas Service Bars, European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars. He still speaks proudly of his military days. He often says, "Tu sabias que yo era soldado?"
My uncle William Archer Martinez served in the Hq Co 3d Battalion 65th Infantry and his seperation date was 31 Jan 1946. He received decorations for the American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater, WWIIVictory Medal and was in the Rome-Arno, Rhineland, Central Europe battles. I'm not sure, can anyone tell me if this was part of the Borinqueneers unit. He has passed away and although I have a copy of his DD214, I don't really understand what a lot of it means. Thanks
What a wonderful tribute in the making of this documentary. Just recently I found out that my humble father, Hector Capella was a Borinqueneer and my great-grandfather Francisco Ramirez in the earlier period (1920's) who was a proud and hard-fighting marine in the island of Puerto Rico. My father, Hector Capella served in WWII, Korean War and the Vietnam War. He is 88 years old and an active senior citizen. I remember my father was always working and rarely ever taking a day off from his work in the military. I have a brother Luis Capella who is currently serving this country as a soldier for the Air Force and stationed in Panama. Luis recently had a photo taken of himself and my 88 year old father in full uniforms. Luis told my father, "Dad I won't stop until I am a high-ranking officer". My father did not get the honors that he deserves and never achieved a high rank in the military perhaps due to the unfortunate "oversight" of commanding officers. But nonetheless, the entire family is proud of my father for risking his life for this great country of ours. To us, he is a hero.
OMG!! I had heard about this all my life from stories that my dad would tell. I found my great uncle on this site.
I am so proud to be a part of this. I am so glad that finally they are being recognized for their contribution.
I only wish that my dad and great uncle had lived to have seen it. God bless them all~ Thank you for sharing this great treasure of truths and making it possible for all to enjoy!
En mi pagina de facebook inclui un articulo del periodico el Imparcial en el que narra un reportaje de mi suegro DR.Julio E Rivera Prats y su labor como medico en el combate de Kelly Hill .Un ser que arriesgo su vida luchando para salvar a muchos del REGIMIENTO 65 INF y que gracias a su sacrificio fueron muchos los que pudieron regresar a nuestra patria. El reportero lo cataloga como EL VALEROSO TENIENTE RIVERA. Desconozco por que nunca se reconocio su labor y su valor junto a los valerosos soldados de la 65 inf. solo se que en Hato Rey hay una calle que se llama Teniente Rivera y creo que fue en su honor. Favor de ilustrarme si eso es cierto.
Greetings! My name is Melissa and I am an adult student currently at SUNY Westchester Community College. While taking a break from my Art History class, I came across a flier for a screening of "The Borninqueneers" that was to be held at WCC. I had not heard of the 65th Infantry prior to seeing this flier and I knew it was something that I absolutely had to see. It was not just a part of U.S. history, it was a part of my history as a Puerto Rican American (Nuyorican), and a part of my culture, one that I was not aware of. I had the pleasure, the privilege, and utmost honor to meet and speak with the filmmaker and two veterans of the 65th Infantry. I could have stayed all night listening to their stories. The documentary was intense, touching, emotional, heartfelt, and proud. It is one of my highest recommendations of films to watch. The 9 years that it took for Noemi Figueroa Soulet to make shows her hard work and efforts. She ventured into the unknown and raised triumphantly. This story needs to be told, the voices of these brave men need to be heard and we are responsible for making it known. I have made a commitment to speak and share about this segregated troop who fought bravely and non-stop, and I am proud to do so. With that stated, I want to simply say thank you!
Hello. First I would like to say that the documentary is spectacular, thought provoking, and heart warming. Thank you for this gem. I am a writer for El Boricua, an online publication. This coming month the magazine honors Puerto Rican soldiers. I remembered my uncle who lives in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico had been a soldier. I was pretty sure it was Korea. I decided I would contact him and write about his soldier years. In my investigation I discovered that he may very well have been a Borinqueneer. The story took a bitter sweet turn when I was informed that my uncle is now very ill and unable to recall or recognize. Fortune has it that his brother, my other uncle who also resides in Rio Grande,is now his voice. He is telling me the story, an incredible one, about my possibly Borinqueneer uncle. He remembers he fought with the 65th! I found a picture on the site that holds a great likeness to my uncle. It has no name on it. I am continuing my research but am a little overwhelmed as to which way to go. My uncle was badly wounded and spent sometime in a prisoner of war camp, where he managed to escape. He then had a long spell in a hospital in Texas recovering from severe injuries. If anyone has any suggestions how I may continue to piece the story together, I would appreciate it. I am not even sure if he received the Purple Heart.Any suggestions on what organizations I may contact would be helpful. His name is Juan Nieves. Thank you.
HOY CUMPLIÓ AÑO MI ESPOSO JOAQUIN RIVERA Y GRACIAS AL SEÑOR ESTÁ BIEN DE SALUD.
My father was one of the Borinqueneers, his name was Carlos M Bonilla, from Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.....he was so proud of being part of the 1951 65th Infantry, he passed away on August 11, 2013, and he carried his memories of Korea until his last breath, I want to say that like my father I to am proud to be from Puerto Rico, and what it represented to the Korean War....they stuck together and they lost some but it will forever remain in the heart...for those that are still with us.... GOD bless you all............
Florida Borinqueneers Honor Ceremony – Saturday, September 14 (from the NAUS website - www.NAUS.org): Join Gov. Scott and other dignitaries at the Florida Borinqueneers’ Honor Ceremony and Patriots Gathering. Kissimmee Civic Center (Sable Room) Doors open at noon, Admission is FREE 201 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee FL 34741 The Hon. Wanda Rentas and Hon. John Quinones, along with NAUS Southeast Regional Vice President Dennis Freytes, LTC, USA (Ret), invite you to an afternoon program honoring the storied history of the members of the 65th Infantry – known as the Borinqueneers. Following the ceremony, there will be an afternoon of entertainment, and an information and assistance fair for all veterans.