Rep. Ramos Introduces Resolution To Honor Largest Segregated Latino Military Unit
Proposal would urge Congress to honor Borinqueneers with Congressional Gold Medal
February 20, 2014
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COLUMBUS – State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) introduced a concurrent resolution today urging the United States Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment from Puerto Rico, which is the largest, longest-standing and only active-duty segregated Latino military unit in US history.

The 65th Infant Regiment, also known as the “Borinqueneers,” have earned 10 distinguished service awards, 256 silver stars, 606 bronze stars and 2,771 Purple Hearts in the Korean War alone.

“The Borinqueneers have a distinguished history serving the United States in World War I, World War II and the Korean War,” said Rep. Ramos. “It only seems appropriate to commend those who have sacrificed their time, effort and lives for our country – even in the face of segregation and prejudice.”

Ohio is home to over 11,000 Latino veterans – many of whom reside in the Lorain area – and boasts the country’s 10th largest Puerto Rican population. Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) has joint-sponsored this bill, which will soon be referred to a standing House Committee.

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