COMMENTS ON THE BORINQUENEERS

Ruben Hernandez
Deltona, Florida (Born: El Barrio NY)  |  August 16, 2007

I was born and raised on 104th Street in New York City and spent 25 years in the Air Force. My uncles served in WWII and I was extremely honored to have seen this spectacular documentary. I purchased it to view with my uncles who served in the Army and Merchant Marines and to share with the younger generation of our family. They must be made aware of the sacrifices made by these brave solders and what they endured as Puertoricans. It is unfortunate that this story is not shown by the major media networks of this country so that everyone can be educated about the Borinqueneers. Thank you for this production and continue to share this story with the world. Ruben Hernandez, Captain, USAF (Ret)

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Carmen Vilanova
 |  August 15, 2007

Wow! is all I can say. All my life I heard of my father's war stories. I am so glad he was able to be a part of this wonderfully done documentary. I am very proud of the work done by Noeme and her crew. Thanks! My children are very proud of their grandfather and it's something they can have always to show the future family.

Carmen's father is 65th vet Eugenio Martinez who appears in the film.


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Ruth Games (Rosario)
Dallas, TX  |  August 15, 2007

I am proud of my Father. He was in the 65th Inf Regiment. After learning about the PBS showings, I went directly to the computer to locate all the info I could. I've printed all the pages for him to look (they don't own a computer) & I've given him a work assignment - sit down, think back to that time and write everything experienced, as well as look through the old photo albums. I'm going to order the DVD for him as well. Killeen Texas as one of the site to be visited in December 2007; My parents live there and look forward to reuniting with all the soldiers/wives of the 65th Inf Regiment - Borinqueneers!
Dad retired from the US Army in 1976 (Fort Hood). He still is Proud to be US Army Soldier. Hopefully, other Retired Borinqueneers will come forward!!!

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Francisco E. Valor
San Antonio, TX (b. NYC)  |  August 13, 2007

Born and raised in NYC - I recall the discussion my uncles had when they gather in front of their bodega on 103rd street & 3rd, as well as when I used to go to PR for the summer, my uncles would tell of hauling trucks and canons up frozen muddy hills.
As a teen one, one thought of these exagerrated tales enchanced with a few beers - but as I gradually read more about how beloved country mistreated all those other than whites in the armed services, I came to realize, a bit too late as most of my uncles have passed away, that the stories I heard as a kid were true.
My heartfelt Gracias goes out to these true patriots as well my bendiciones

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Aida M. Gonzalez
Apopka, FL  |  August 13, 2007

I see you are showing the film all over the United States , but have you shown it in Puerto Rico, where by all circumstances needs to be seen?! I myself only heard talk from my political tio, who was in the Korean war , but what this film, shows is amazing!! very proud of these men , is any of them alive that we can honor?? Abrasotes1

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Jose Palenque
Brooklyn, NY  |  August 13, 2007

I am so glad you came out with this dvd I read the book San Juan to Chorwan because I was very interested in the 65th infantry since my father was in the Borinqueneers. He ue to always talk about his time in Korea he used to drive the Colonel around his name was Juan Palenque. If anyone knew him I would love to hear from you. Awesome DVD. God Bless

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Marion
Westchester, NY  |  August 13, 2007

As a child I grew up listening to the stories and examining with curiosity and awe the photos, medals and memorabilia of my grandfather's service in the Army. I remember being told he had been captured and thought to be dead when he had in fact escaped and survived for a month eating nothing but raw rice taken from a Korean soldier.

Imagine my surpise when I happened upon your movie while casually channel surfing and realized this was my grandfather's story on screen! As I watched I felt so many emotions all at once; patriotism, pride and indignation at the treatment of our brave soldiers.

Thank you for telling their story so eloquently. Had I known of your effots I would have proudly contributed to your research.

Sincerely,
Marion Clark
Granddaughter
SFC Alfonso Garcia


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Miguel Prosper
Elizabeth, NJ  |  August 12, 2007

Hi I wanted to say to you that you should really make this into a movie... I know it will be successful.... I don't know if you are on your way... but I would like to be apart in making the film in any way I can help.... My name is Miguel Prosper and if you ever heard of the New York International Latino Film Festival they might like to see this documentary in there. HBO sponsors them. I had been apart of the festival for about 4 years from 2003-2006.

Contact me if you would like some help on the new project. This film needs to be shown. I know there is a market for it.... I work in the art house theatres the audience would like to see it.


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SFC Gabriel Gonzalez US. Army (Ret.)
Newark, DE  |  August 12, 2007

I must say that missed the showing on PBS, so I order the DVD so that I can share it with my family and friends. I'm a 3rd generation Veteran and proud of it, but I must say that I am even more proud to be a Puerto Rican Veteran. I like to say THANK YOU! on behave of all the Latinos Veterans here in the states, Puerto Rico as well as dose who are now serving Over in Iraq and other parts of the world. Please continue the great work you are all doing to preserve our Heritage.

Your's Truly:
SFC. Gabriel Gonzalez
US. Army Retired.


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Rogelio Ramos
El Barrio, NY  |  August 12, 2007

It brings me joy to see stories such as these that finally recognizes the contributions that Boricuas have made and continue to make to this country. The present and future generations need to learn this history. Being a 1st generation Nuyorican, I see so many young Puerto Ricans being raised without the knowledge of their roots.

Thank you for presenting another chapter in the rich history of Borinquen.


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