Resolution J1913-2013

Honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico, known as the Borinqueneers

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  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  the  65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto
Rico, known as the Borinqueneers

WHEREAS, American military heroes who served valiantly and honorably  in
our  nation's  wars should be recognized by the people of this state and
nation and the courage with which they fought should never be forgotten;
and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor the
65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico, known as the Borinqueneers; and
  WHEREAS, Mandated by Congress in 1899, the 65th Infantry Regiment from
Puerto Rico played  a  prominent  role  in  American  military  history,
participating  in  three  United  States wars: World War I, World War II
and, most notably, the Korean War; and
  WHEREAS, Enlisting in the United States  Armed  Forces,  the  soldiers
from  the  65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico courageously shed their
blood in service to this great nation; and
  WHEREAS, On February 2, 1951, the Borinqueneers, in the face of  over-
whelming odds, earned the sole distinction of conducting the last batta-
lion-sized bayonet charge in American military history when they engaged
the Chinese 149th Division in mortal combat; and
  WHEREAS,  The  soldiers  of  the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico
served with distinction and valor, earning two Presidential  Unit  Cita-
tions,  an  Army Unit Superior Award, a Navy Unit Citation, two Republic
of Korea Presidential Unit Citations  and  the  Bravery  Gold  Medal  of
Greece; and
  WHEREAS,  In  the  spirit  of true American heroism, the 65th Infantry
Regiment of Puerto Rico is an inspiration to every  American;  they  are
exceptional  soldiers who deserve to be recognized, commended and remem-
bered by the people of the State of New York and by all Americans; and
  WHEREAS, As Americans, it is our responsibility  to  ensure  that  our
history is documented and reverence is given to our war heroes; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  fitting  and  proper that we, the benefactors of the
sacrifices and courageous acts of the  men  and  women  who  served  and
continue  to serve in the United States Armed Forces, express our appre-
ciation and eternal gratitude for their service  to  our  great  nation;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico, known as the  Borinque-
neers; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Ruben Estrada, Co-Chairman, The Borinqueneers Stamp Commit-
tee, Anthony Mele, Chairman of the 65th  Infantry  Regiment  Honor  Task
Force and great-grandson of Leoncio Beauchamp (65th Infantry Regiment of
Puerto  Rico  -  1917);  Javier  Morales, President of the 65th Infantry
Veterans Association in Puerto Rico; Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico  Resi-
dent  Commissioner;  Danny  Nieves, 65th Infantry Regiment Archivist and
Borinqueneers.net  webmaster;  and  to  the  following  members  of  the
Congress of Puerto Rican Veterans - Borinqueneers Post: Modesto Cartage-
na,  Luis  Quinones,  Antonio  Rodriquez-Balinas, Israel Montalvo, Angel
Pagan, Felix Ortiz, Augustin Ramirez, Angel  Rivera,  Anthony  Melendez,
Jesus  Ojeda,  Tomas  Lopez,  Julio Mercado, Jamie Lopez, Luis Martinez,
Eugenio Quevedo, Angel Alvarez, Samuel Vazquez,  Franciso  Alicea,  Juan
Carrion,  Pedro  Torruellas,  Rafael  Cordero, Candido De La Paz, Eladio
Cordero, Ramon S. Velez, Jose Ernesto Cordero, Cruz Martinez, and  Pedro
J. Vanga.

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