It was such an honor to celebrate Borinqueneers Day. Congress designated April 13 as National Borinqueneers Day. During the Korean War, the 65th Infantry Regiment was known as “The Borinqueneers.” The name honors the Taíno Indians, who were the original inhabitants of Puerto Rico or Borinquen Island. Their efforts during the Korean War proved to be inval. The Borinqueneers were awarded numerous accolades, including about 2,700 Purple Hearts, 600 Bronze Stars, 250 Silver Stars, 9 Distinguished Serve Crosses, and 1 Medal of Honor. The 65th Infantry Regiment was the only Hispanic-segregated unit in U.S. Army history and among the last segregated units to be deactivated in 1954.
Today, we remember them for their tremendous bravery and courage during some of the toughest battles of the Korean War. We acknowledge those who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom.