Los Borinqueneers

The BorinqueneersThis just came through by inbox today, but I found the information extremely interesting. So while it's a day late, I liked to share a few excerpts and encourage you all to read through it. Having traveled up 65th Infantry street hundreds of times, it's fascinating to read the history. Here excerpted from "Salute Latinos for defending America" from the The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

"Among those we need to remember this Memorial Day are the brave men of Puerto Rico's 65th Infanteria/Infantry Regiment who, like many others, sacrificed much to defend the American way of life.

The 65th or "Los Borinqueneers" (derived from "Boriken," the Taino Indian name for Puerto Rico) was a segregated Army unit composed of Puerto Ricans. The 65th began as an all-volunteer unit in 1899, soon after the Spanish-American War, when the U.S. government cultivated Puerto Rico as a strategic buffer in defense of U.S. interests in the region."
The article goes on to point out that a documentary of "Los Borinqueneers" will soon be released by filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet, which provides a poignant account of the military history of the Puerto Rican soldier.

Through the use of rare film footage and interviews with 65th Infantry members and their American commanders, the documentary will offer keen insight into the personalities that drove many decisions made in the field during the Korean War.