Connecticut Borinqueneers Celestino Cordova of New Haven and Jose Pickard of Wethersfield joined U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., today joined at a White House signing ceremony of a bill awarding the
Congressional Gold Medal to the renowned 65th Infantry
Regiment, according to a release.
"The segregated military unit, whose members were known as the
' Borinqueneers' was composed almost entirely of soldiers from Puerto
Rico and played a prominent role in World War I, World War II and the
Korean War. The unit was the last segregated
unit to be deactivated," the release said.
felt deep pride and joy standing with Connecticut Borinqueneers
Celestino Cordova and Jose Pickard for this historic
moment today as President Obama signed into law the bill to finally
grant these brave veterans the national recognition and honor they
richly deserve. These Borinqueneers valiantly served and sacrificed for
our country, enduring injustice on and off the battlefield.
This Congressional Gold Medal is a fitting tribute to the bravery and
heroism the Borinqueneers demonstrated abroad and at home,” Blumenthal said, also in the release. “Extraordinary emotion filled the room—and our hearts—as these courageous warriors and patriots joined
the ranks of the Tuskeegee Airmen and Navajo Code Talkers in receiving the Congressional Gold Medal.”
Cordova and Pickard are Korean War veterans, the release said.
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