U.S. Army Unit Borinqueneers Finally Recognized By Congress
Back in June of 2014, President Barack Obama awarded the 65th Infantry Regiment — a U.S. Army segregated unit composed mainly of soldiers from Puerto Rico – the Congressional Gold Medal for their distinguished efforts in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
On Wednesday (Apr. 13), the whole of Congress, which is to say leaders of the House and Senate, finally recognized the soldiers also known as the Borinqueneers for Puerto Rico’s native name with one of the nation’s highest honors.
The soldiers, most of whom are no longer living, have earned numerous military awards, including a Medal of Honor, about 250 Silver Stars and more than 2,700 Purple Hearts, according to AP.
“[They] showed us time and time again that courage does not know color—that decency does not pick sides,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan in the ceremony held at the Capitol.