This year the American Veterans Center’s 17th Annual Conference and Honors which will take place in Washington on November 6-8, 2014, will have a special tribute for the 65th Infantry Regiment Borinqueneers. In collaboration with El Pozo Productions, four Borinqueneer veterans were identified to represent the 65th Infantry Regiment and receive the Raymond G. Davis Award for Service in Korea in a gala event and to participate in the November 8th Session to share their wartime experiences with the conference attendees.
The Raymond G. Davis Award seeks to honor those who have exhibited extraordinary service during and after the Korean War. Previous honorees have included Medal of Honor recipients Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., Hiroshi Miyamura, and Ronald Rosser, along with General Frank E. Petersen, Jr., the first African American aviator and general in the Marine Corps, and famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
The four Borinqueneer veterans selected who served with the 65th during the Korean War are:
CSM Emilio Castro Rivera (Ret., USAF) of Headquarters Co. (Texas), Bronze Star and Purple Heart
SGM Victor Lopez Nieves (Ret., USA) of Heavy Mortar Company (Texas), Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit
1SG Fernando Rodriguez Borges (Ret., USA) of Company “D”, Heavy Weapons Platoon (Alabama), Bronze Star
Dr. Alberto Garcia of Medical Corps (Virginia), Bronze Star
The event has grown tremendously over these last several years, continuing to bring together America’s most distinguished and decorated veterans and active duty service members where they share their experiences and lessons with students and fellow veterans. Over the last few years, the audience has been focusing on tomorrow’s military leaders, and includes students from West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, and ROTC & JROTC programs from around the region.