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2016 Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Ceremonies that have taken place in Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Florida, as well miscellaneous individual ceremonies.
July 18, 2016 - Family members award Noé Irizarry with the BCGM replica medal since he was not able to attend the New York ceremony. Sadly, Noé passed away soon after on August 8, 2016. Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
July 23, 2016 - Family of deceased Borinqueneer veteran Jesus Nieves Crespo receive the BCGM. Left to right: Nelson Medina (grandson), Luis Velez (widow) and Osvaldo Nieves (son). Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
Aug. 1, 2016 - Consuelo Jackson (seated) receives a BCGM replica medal on her 90th birthday celebration from her family on behalf of deceased 65th veteran LTC George Jackson (Ret.) who served as Co. G Commander. Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
Noemi awards a BCGM replica medal and Certificate to Gilberto Soulet, Jr., her second cousin once removed, on behalf of his father, deceased 65th veteran Gilberto Soulet Sr.
Gilberto Soulet, Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
65th veteran Angelo LaCourt of Brentwood, NY has his Purple Heart medal pinned by his wife Marie.
Noemi awards a BCGM replica medal and Certificate to Angelo LaCourt who served in the Heavy Tank Co. where he was wounded.
Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
August 25, 2016 - Julio Feliú of New York City is awarded a BCGM replica medal and certificate in his home. Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
Julio displays his medal and a framed photograph provided by Noemi showing when he was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor in Korea.
Melissa Mark Viverito, Speaker of the NYC Council, hands the BCGM to Julio Feliú observed by Roger Hernandez, Jr. & Zaida Reyes, East Harlem Borinqueneers Honoring Committee.
Sept. 1, 2016 - Noemi awards a BCGM Certificate to SGT Ramon Torres-Villafañe (Ret.) and a small 1.5 BCGM replica medal since he already had the large medal. Ramon lives in Tampa, FL and served in Headquarters & Headquarters Co. - I&R Platoon.
Mrs. Lize Ruiz (widow of SFC Carlos Ruiz, Ret.) and her grandson Paul Clark proudly show the BCGM replica medal that was hand-delivered by Sam Rodriguez, CEO of the BCGM CNC.
August 16, 2016 - Patsy Scarpato of Staten Island, NY displays his BCGM medal and Certificate. Patsy served as a 2nd Lieutenant Platoon Leader of Co. "E". He received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service and a Purple Heart. Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
May 30 -2016 - 65th veteran Antonio “Tony” Muñiz accepts the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of a grateful nation from Rep. Terry Canales at the Brooks County Courthouse in Falfurrias, TX. Tony served with the 3rd Recon Co. which was attached to the 65th Regimental Combat Team. Medal provided by El Pozo Prods/Acacia Network.
May 30, 2016 - Pennsylvania BCGM Ceremony at the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial.
News reporters record the event.
The event was sponsored by the 65th Inf. Regt. Borinqueneers Motorcycle Club of PA and the BCGM Ceremony National Committee.
SFC William Van Derdys, III (Ret., USAR) who served in Co. "K" is interviewed.
Left to right: Victor Santiago, Sam Rodriguez and Hector "Repoman" Diaz of the BCGM Ceremony National Committee pose with the medals.
Hector Diaz makes some opening remarks.
Sam Rodriguez, CEO of the BCGM CNC speaks about the medal. Sitting behind him are five Borinqueneer veterans.
Sam Rodriguez introduces Noemi Figueroa Soulet.
Left to right: Enrique Vazquez Vega, Pedro Correa, Manuel Diaz Rivas, Col. Walter McCostlin (Ret.) and SFC William Van Derdys, III (Ret., USAR).
Pedro Correa salutes after receiving his BCGM medal and Certificate from Victor Santiago.
William Van Derdys receives his medal.
World War II veteran Manuel Diaz Rivas of Delaware receives his medal.
Enrique Vazquez Vega receives a Certificate.
Left to right: Manuel Diaz Rivas, SFC William Van Derdys, III (Ret., USAR), Enrique Vazquez Vega, Pedro Correa and Col. Walter McCostlin (Ret.).
The families of deceased 65th veterans also receive replica medals.