COMMENTS ON THE BORINQUENEERS

SYBEL LOPEZ PICI
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS  |  August 25, 2007

COST OF DVD: $34.99
AVERAGE DONATION FOR ADMISSION: $10
SETTING A RECORD STRAIGHT AND RESTORING PRIDE AND HONOR TO THOSE WHO SACRIFICED IN THEIR SERVICE... PRICELESS.

God blessed Noemi, Raquel and their team with the vision, talent, resources and patience to tell a story that would have otherwise been buried forever. By bringing this to the light, you have removed 50 years of uncertainty, disappointment and maybe even a little shame from those who served with honor, but who resolved never to speak of these events.

My father is a Borinqueneer and he and 3 of his fellow Borinqueneers received their recognition from a grateful Puerto Rican community at the San Antonio screening.

The Borinqueneers is a MUST SEE for every Puerto Rican. Our history is significant and an object of great pride. But we can't celebrate what we don't know.

Buy it, borrow it, watch it, host or attend a screening... but don't let anything keep from viewing The Borinqueneeers! It will touch you.

A sincere thank you from a proud and grateful daughter!


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ERNEST J. MARRERO
Bethlehem, PA  |  August 25, 2007

I HAVE BEEN READING ALL THE MESSAGES EVERY THAT PEOPLE SEND AND I WAS EXPECTING MORE, BUT LOOK LIKE LIKE ALWAYS THE PUERTO RICAN AND AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT REALLY GETTING THE MESSAGE. WE NEED TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE TO EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD TO KNOW OUR HISTORY IN THE MILITARY DEFENDING OUR PRECIOUS COUNTRY. EVERYTIME I HAVE TIME TO BE IN THE COMPUTER I SEND AS MANY MESSEGES I CAN TO PEOPLE THAT PROBABLY DONT KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. WE HAVE THE TOOL TO DO IT, AND THAT IS THE INTERNET. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS FIND ANOTHER PERSON IN THE INTERNET AND PASS THE MESSAGE TO ALL THE FRIENDS YOU HAVE IN THE INTERNET. IF EVERY PERSON FIND 10 FRIENDS IN THE INTERNET TO PASS THE MESSAGE, IN A VERY SHORT TIME WE WILL HAVE LOTS OF MESSENGERS HERE IN THE WEBSITE OF THE BORINQUENEERS GIVING THEIR SUPPORT. THE MORE PEOPLE THE BETTER. MAYBE THE NEXT MOVIE WILL BE ABOUT VIETNAM, DESERT STORM, AFGHANISTAN, OR IRAQ. SO KEEP THE GOOD WORK AND UNITE SO OUR HISTORY NEVER GET FORGOTEN. I WIL DO MY PART TO PASS THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE BORINQUENEERS TO EVERY BODY I KNOW. AND I HOPE EVERYBODY ELSE DO THE SAME. I ALREADY BOUGHT THE DVD AND A CAP, BUT PLANING TO BUY ANOTHER ONE FROM THIS WEBSITE AND SOME OTHER SOUVENIRS. I AM GOING TO START COLLECTING THINGS ABOUT THE BORINQUENEERS. I LIKE TO THANKS ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE MOVIE AND THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE TAKEN THEY TIME TO TO WRITE ALSO THE PEOPLE THAT BOUGHT THE MOVIE AND SOUVENIRS.

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND PUERTO RICO

SINCERELY YOURS,
ERNESTO J. MARRERO


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SSG Jose A. Rodriguez Velazquez (Ret.)
Orlando, FL  |  August 23, 2007

Fui con mi esposa, Catalina, a un restauran muy famoso aquí en Orlando. Tenía puesta la camisa y la gorra del 65 de Infantería. La comida era como 60 Dólares. No quisieron cobrarme. Me dijeron que yo era un Heroe Nacional y no quisieron cobrarme. Todos los veteranos del 65 de Inf. apreciamos tu trabajo que has tenido todos estos años. Sin tu esfuerzo tal vez no mucha gente se hubieran enterado de la labor del Regimiento 65 de Infantería. Gracias de corazón.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:
I went with my wife, Catalina, to a very famous restaurant here in Orlando. I was wearing the 65th Infantry shirt and hat. The meal cost about $60. They would not take my money. They told me that I was a National Hero and they did not want to take my money. All the veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment appreciate the work you have done all these years. Without your efforts many people would not have known about the accomplishments of the 65th Infantry Regiment. I thank you from my heart.


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William R. Wofford
Tampa,FL  |  August 23, 2007

I was at Kelly with the 65th as a Forward Observer from the 58th Field Artillery in support of the mission. Later in Oct. I was with them on Jackson Heights --- those men were heroic --- they served with honor and should have been recognized as such rather than the treatment they received. I first met Carlos Betances at Kelly --- what a gentleman and a fine officer --- I was with Capt Jackson on Jackson Heights and met Capt Cronkhite as he came up the hill. Everyone did their best to defend a useless outpost and sadly some gave their all --- In recent years I corresponded with Bart Soto in his research -- the film couldn't be more accurate except for some of the ugly politics that was best to leave out. You made the point --- the men of the 65th were a brave group of fighters and history has been recorded through your film. I wish the network stations would carry this film so everyone could honor the Borinqueneers ...............

My thanks to you and all that participated in researching and producing this film.


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Col. Gerald A. Wilcomb (Ret.)
Georgetown, TX  |  August 22, 2007

I have just finished viewing "The Borinqueneers". As a participant with Company F that fateful day on Jackson Heights, I have relived it daily for nearly 55 years. My heroes are Carlos Betances, George Jackson, Willis Cronkhite, Bart Soto- for his exhaustive research and portrayal of what happened that day, and you, Noemi, who never faltered in your endeavor to bring the history of the Puerto Rican soldier to the American people. I can now rest a little easier knowing that others now know what I have known these many years. My only contribution that day was being the last one off that hill. Thank you.

We are grateful to Col. Wilcomb for sharing his memories and providing research in the making of this film.


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LTC George Jackson (Ret.)
Dallas, TX  |  August 22, 2007

George has asked me to write and thank you for your thoughtful gesture. He enjoyed it very much although it brought back disturbing memories. Our children feel it is wonderful that after all these years an injustice has been corrected although too late for many. We got to see Carlos Betances not long before he died and he could not have been happier knowing how hard you were working to right the many wrongs. George is doing as well as expected but finds it hard to communicate, which is why he has asked me to convey his appreciation for all your work. Our very best wishes for your future endeavors
Yours truly, Mrs. George Jackson

LTC George Jackson ("G" Co. Commander) appears in the film.


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Danisha M. Nazario
New York, New York  |  August 20, 2007

I saw this documentary yesterday evening (08/19/07). I happened to come across it flipping through programs. I'm glad I did. I had never known OR heard anything about a Puerto Rican infantry...us, the younger generation, are losing our Puerto Rican history and culture very quickly to "westernization".

I never got the chance to meet my grandfather or get to know much about him. All I knew was that he fought in the Korean War and so of course the program caught my attention. I was hypnotized by this program, I also found myself paying COMPLETE attention to the live footage shown almost hoping to get a glance of my grandfather alive.

My curiosity was definitely peaked and first thing this morning I gave a call to my father in Florida. I asked him which infantry was grandpa in....hairs ALL over my body STOOD ON END as he replied the 65th without hesitation.

My father hasn't seen or heard of this program. I will definitely get a copy of it for him. This program has helped in some small way to give an explanation of why are family has turned out the way that it did.

THANK YOU, with deepest gratitude, to those who took part in putting this OUTSTANDIN and MOST IMPORTANT documentary together.


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ERNESTO J. MARRERO
Bethlehem, PA  |  August 17, 2007

MY FATHER, MY OLDER BROTHER, MY TWO BROTHERS THAT WERE IN VIETNAM WAR,UNCLES,COUSINS,NEWPHEWS THAT DID MILITARY SERVICE, ALSO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BAD WAY THEIR WERE TREATED IN THE SERVICE, BUT THEY ARE VERY PROUD OF BEING IN THE SERVICE FIGHTING FOR UNITED STATE, AND PUERTO RICO. I WONDER IF THE PUERTORICANS THAT ARE IN THE MILITARY TODAY HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. TODAY THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO, STILL CANT VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. IS REALLY CONFUSING SOMETIMES, WHY THE PUERTO RICANS TODAY STILL VOLUNTEER TO GO ON THE US MILITARY? ARE WE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS? ARE WE DIFERENT FROM ANYBODY ELSE? I WONDER IF AMERICANS WILL GO IN THE MILITARY, IF THEY CANT VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT OR IF THEY HAVE BEEN DESCRIMINATED BECAUSE THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. EXCEPT OF MY 4 NEWPHEWS, THAT WERE BORNED IN USA. MANY OF MY FAMILY DIDNT SPEAK ENGLISH AT ALL BUT THEY VOLUNTEER TO FIGHT FOR UNITED STATES. IMAGING YOURSELF GOING TO FIGHT IN WAR FOR THE UNITED STATES, WITHOUT KNOWING HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH, NEVER BEING OUT OF THE ISLAND, NEVER BEING ABLE TO VOTE FOR THE COMMANDER IN CHIFT(THE PRESIDENT) AND ASKING YOURSELF WHY I AM HERE?
THE BORINGUENEERS WENT THROUGH THAT AND MORE, MANY LOST THEIR LIVES IN CORREA AND MANY OTHER WARS, FIGHTING FOR AMERICA. I AM SO HAPPY WE ARE GETTING SOME RECOGNITION NOW AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF WAITING. MY FATHER IS NOT WITH US ANYMORE, BUT I AM SO HAPPY FOR ALL THE MEMBERS IN MY FAMILY THAT WILL SEE THE RECOGNITION TODAY.

ERNESTO J. MARRERO

Ernesto: We had to edit your entry because it was too long. Thank you. -- El Pozo Productions


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ERNESTO J. MARRERO
Bethlehem, PA  |  August 16, 2007

MY FATHER USE TO TALK ABOUT 65TH INFANTRY. I WATCH THE WHOLE PROGRAM, IT WAS GREAT, I HOPE THE PEOPLE I PUERTO RICO COULD WATCH THIS MOVIE ON PBS. THEY SHOW THE PROGRAM NEW JERSEY PBS, AND BETHLEHEM, PA PBS. I LIKE TO SEE IT AGAIN. I SEND FOR THE MOVIE AND THE CAP, BUT SURE LIKE TO BUY OTHE THINGS TO SHOW MY BROTHER THAT WAS IN CORREA AND MY 2 BROTHER THAT WERE IN VIETNAM, ALSO HAVE FAMILY IN THE MILLITARY NOW. I AM VERY PROUD OF MY FAMILY SERVICE IN THE MILITARY, BUT I WISH THEY WERE TREATED A LITTLE BETTER. WELL,MY FATHER IS NOT WITH US, BUT IT IS GREAT TO HAVE THE MOVIE FOR MY BROTHERS, NEWPHEWS,COUSINS, UNCLES, AND FRIENDS, TO SIT DOWN AND WATCH THIS MOVIE.
LOVE YOU ALL,
GOD BLESS,
ERNESTO, BETHLEHEM,PA

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Ken Colomba
Warwick, NY  |  August 16, 2007

A great chronicle on the brave Puerto Rican’s of the 65th Infantry. It is a story whose time has been well over due. As I watched the accounts of the Borinqueneers I felt a great pride to know that some of those men were possibly my relatives. My father served in the PRNG prior to WW2. The unit a Combat Engineer Co. was federalized immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor. I have tried to research my fathers 1556th Combat Engineer Company of the PRNG and have found very little to nothing. But after viewing the story of the Borinqueneers I am glad that someone has taken the time to shed light on achievements of Puerto Rican’s in defense of America. Thanks to all who made the presentation possible.

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