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El Pozo Productions in collaboration with the Korean War Legacy Foundation organized a return trip to South Korea for fifteen Korean War veterans and their companions from September 17-23, 2017. The trip was sponsored by the Revisit Korea Program of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of South Korea (MPVA). Photos courtesy of MPVA, El Pozo Productions and the group members.
Sept. 17, 2017 - Traveling from Texas to Korea were Borinqueneers (left to right) MSG Daniel Jaime (Ret.), his son Jaime behind him, SGM Victor Lopez Nieves (Ret.), his friend LTC Andres Rivera (Ret.) behind him and SFC Ismael Nevarez (Ret.), his son-in-law Edwin Custodio behind him. They were greeted at their connecting flight in Chicago by Jaime Rivera and friends.
Others traveling from Florida and Connecticut were (beg. w/2nd person from left to right) Petrita and 65th vet Juan Flores, 65th vet Celestino Cordova, companion LTC Shaun Darragh (Ret.) and companion Edwin Quiñones (2nd from right). Jaime Rivera (right) and friends greeted them in Chicago.
Eight veterans traveled to Korea from Puerto Rico. Six pictured are (left to right) Victor Santiago Latimer, Guillermo Frau Rullan (standing), Tech. Sgt. Joe Hernandez (Ret.), Elpidio Jimenez, Luis Rivera Perez and Carlos Josue Gonzalez.
Excited and prepared for their 21-hour flight to Korea with a connection in New York!
Sept. 18, 2017 - Greeted in Korea by the Korea Revisit Program staff with a sign in Spanish "Welcome Korean War veterans!"
The first group arrived at 4:25 pm Korea time.
The second group arrived at 5:20 pm Korea time.
VIP wheelchair service for all our fifteen veterans.
Buddies from Puerto Rico, Domingo Pellicier (left) an Luis Rivera Perez arrive with their 65th Inf. Assoc. uniforms.
Here is our Puerto Rico, New York and New Jersey group that traveled together.
The bus trip to the hotel included an orientation by our Spanish-speaking guide Cathy.
The staff at the Grand Ambassador Hotel in Seoul, Korea greet the veterans as celebrities.
Sept. 19, 2017 - Early morning orientation for our Spanish-speaking group.
Coordinator Noemi FIgueroa Soulet (standing) introduces the group to each other.
SGM Victor Lopez Nieves (Ret.) gives Lee Min-Jeong, Dir. of International Affairs at the Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs, a Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal, a DVD of "The Borinqueneers", a Photo Directory and a 65th Insignia pin on behalf of our group.
Companion LTC Edwin Vargas (Ret.) gives Noemi a beautiful plaque of appreciation on behalf of our group.
Our guide, Cathy, teaches us some Korean.
Our MPVA staff is introduced which includes helpers, security, medical aides, etc. who will be traveling with us at all times.
Next was the Korean Cultural Experience. Companion SFC Angel Cordero (Ret.) wears traditional Korean clothing.
Companions Petrita Flores (left) and Carmen Espinosa try on some Korean clothes.
Borinqueneer Cesar Pabon Peres (left) with his companion LTC Edwin Vargas (Ret.). Cesar served in Co. A.
Borinqueneer Vicente Arroyo displays the kisses sign with his finger used in Korea. Vicente served in Co. K.
Companion Edwin Quiñones.
Borinqueneer Domingo Adorno Aponte served in Headquarters & Headquarters Co.
Borinqueneer MSG Daniel Jaime (Ret.) (left) who served in Co. K with his son MAJ Daniel T. Jaime (Ret.).
Companion Petrita Flores.
Borinqueneer Domingo Pellicier and his wife Carmen Espinosa. Domingo served in Co. L.
Borinqueneer SFC Ismael Nevarez (Ret.) with his son-in-law Edwin Custodio. Ismael served in Headquarters Co., 1st Battalion.
Borinqueneer Carlos Josue Gonzalez (right) who served in Headquarters Co., 2nd Battalion.with his companion Vernon Shirley Lopez.
Companion Roger Hernandez, Jr.
Victor Santiago Latimer (right) who served in the 34th Inf. Regt. with his grandson Wilson Exia.
Tech. Sgt. Joe Hernandez (Ret., USAF) (right) who served in the 119th Inf. Regt. with his wife Carmen.
Borinqueneer Guillermo Frau Rullan (right) with his daughter Flor "Cuqui".
Borinqueneer Luis Rivera Perez (right) with his companion SFC Luis Ayala Santiago (Ret.)
Borinqueneer Celestrino Cordova who served in Headquarters & Headquarters Co.