Posts Categorized: War Heroes

Issuance of Borinqueneer Congressional Medal Faces Delay

It has been reported that the Borinqueneers are frustrated by the fact that the Congressional Gold Medal approved by President Obama last year has still not been issued. Senator Marco Rubio sent a letter to the president pointing out that four of the Borinqueneers, all living members of which group are in their 80s by… Read more »

Rafael Celestino Benítez: Navy Hero

Rafael Celestino Benítez is just one of many Puerto Rican military heroes, but he has one of the most dramatic stories. Celestino Benítez was born in Juncos, Puerto Rico, educated in his hometown, and then appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy by then-Resident Commissioner Santiago Iglesias. He graduated in 1939 and entered service as a… Read more »

Puerto Rican War Heroes: Agustin Ramos Calero

Puerto Rico has sent many soldiers into the U.S. military, and many of those men and women have stood out in their military service. One of these remarkable men was Agustin Ramos Calero, who served in the U.S. Army for 21 years. Ramos Calero began his military career in 1941 as a member of the… Read more »

Puerto Rican War Heroes: Rear Admiral Riefkohl

Frederick Lois Riefkohl was born in Maunabo, Puerto Rico on February 27th, 1889. He was educated in Puerto Rico and on the mainland, and had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy. Riefkohl, known as “Rief” and “Fritz” by his shipmates, was the first Puerto Rican recipient of the Navy Cross. Riefkohl attended Andover before… Read more »

The U.S. Coast Guard in Puerto Rico

It’s called the Transit Zone: a 6,000,000+ square mile area with two primary paths. One goes through Mexico and the southwestern U.S., and the other goes through the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. As the U.S. war on drugs becomes more successful at the southern border, the Caribbean path becomes more appealing to drug cartels. One… Read more »

Borinqueneers Welcomed at White House

On June 10th, 2014, President Obama will sign the bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Regiment, the Borinqueneers. The Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance is sponsoring a rally for the occasion at the Rochambeau statue in Lafayette Park at 10:00 a.m. At approximately noon, the group will celebrate as the Borinqueneers leave… Read more »

A Congressional Gold Medal for the Borinqueneers: A Team Effort

On Tuesday, June 10th, President Obama will sign into law a bill to award the Borinqueneers the Congressional Gold Medal. The news came in a press release from Rep. Pedro Pierluisi, who said, At last, justice is being done.  The 65th Infantry Regiment will join baseball star and humanitarian Roberto Clemente as the only Hispanics… Read more »

Veterans Speak Out for Statehood

Misión Estadista, part of Puerto Rico’s Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), joined with Puerto Rican military veterans last month to educate U.S. legislators on issues related to statehood for Puerto Rico. One veteran, Wilfredo Rivera, reported that he had spoken with congressmen who were not aware that Puerto Ricans were unable to vote in presidential elections…. Read more »

Honoring the Borinqueneers: Legislation Awaits Presidential Signature

What does it sound like when history is made? When the Borinqueneers – Puerto Rico’s famous 65th Infantry Regiment – received approval from the Senate for the Congressional Gold Medal, it sounded like this: Mr. REID. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the bill be read three times and passed, and the motion to… Read more »

Recognition for the Borinqueneers at Last

On Monday, the House of Representative will consider H.R. 1726, legislation Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) co-authored with Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) to award he Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers. The bill’s popularity is demonstrated by the House’s willingness to consider it under suspension of  its rules.  Under suspension, the time for debate on a… Read more »