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pr05
pr05

Male, 32, Peekskill, NY

Posted August 08, 2007


Through out the years, Puerto Ricans have sacrificed their lives serving in the U.S military. Many of these heroes were part of the 65th Infantry Regiment who fought in the Korean War. This Unit had more casualties than most states. Since World War II only four Puerto Rican veterans has ever had received the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is the highest award given to military personnel. The four recipients are;
Fernando Luis Garcia

"His great personal valor and cool decision in the face of almost certain death sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."

On September 5, 1952, Private first class Garcia was named the recipient of this prestigious award for his service in the Korean War -- the first of four Puerto Ricans to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. In addition to that distinction, Camp Garcia, on the island of Vieques, was named after him.

Fernando Luis Garcia was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico, on October 14, 1929, and joined the United States Marines in San Juan. Garcia was involved in several hostile conflicts during his service as a marine. He earned his medal of honor when he chose without hesitation to sacrifice himself by throwing his body on a grenade that had landed near his colleagues. His Congressional Medal of Honor Citation tells the story of a young marine in the Korean War whose valor was not limited to this single act of bravery. As a Puerto Rican, he didn't question his place among "American" soldiers. This "American" simply lived in such a way that his death would be honored by the country for which he so bravely gave his life.

Euripedes Rubio

"Captain Rubio's singularly heroic act turned the tide of the battle, and his extraordinary leadership and valor were a magnificent inspiration to his men."

Born March 1, 1938 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Euripedes Rubio enlisted in the US Army at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, and rose to the rank of Captain in the 1st Battalion, of the 28th Infantry.

Rubio's tremendous sacrifice occurred in November of 1966. Although he himself suffered three serious wounds as part of an intensive fire fight, he was helping to evacuate other wounded personnel when he discovered a smoke grenade had fallen too close to friendly lines. In preparation for friendly air strikes, the smoke grenades were used to mark the Viet Cong position. Captain Rubio intended to avert an unnecessary tragedy and ran to reposition the grenade. He was immediately "struck to his knees" by enemy fire. Despite his many wounds, he grabbed the grenade, lumbering through the deadly onslaught of enemy gunfire, and made it to within 20 meters of the enemy position. Hurling the already smoking grenade into the midst of the enemy, he fell for the final time. His death made a difference. The hostile position was destroyed because the friendly air strikes were able to use the repositioned grenade as a marker.


Carlos James Lozada

Carlos James Lozada, born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, is remembered for his bravery while serving as private first class during the battle of Dak To, Vietnam, in 1967. The act that merited Carlos James Lozada the Medal of Honor began at 2:00 p.m., on November 20, 1967.

His "heavy and accurate" machine gun fire completely disrupted a North Vietnamese attack on his company's position. He ignored his comrade's pleas for him to withdraw and fired on the enemy as they continued their brutal assault. Lozada was unwilling to abandon his position because he knew there would be nothing to hold back the enemy and the entire company would have been jeopardized. He shouted for his fellow soldiers to retreat and planned to stay and provide cover for them. It wasn't until he was mortally wounded that he ceased his continuous delivery of heavy suppressive fire against the enemy and he had to be carried during the withdrawal. Lozada died Monday, November 20, 1967, at the age of 21.


pr05
pr05

Male, 32, Peekskill, NY

Posted August 08, 2007


Hector Santiago-Colón

"His heroic self-sacrifice saved the lives of those who occupied the foxhole with him and provided them with the inspiration to continue fighting until they had forced the enemy to retreat from the perimeter."

Specialist Fourth Class Hector Santiago-Colón was born in Salinas, Puerto Rico. The short life he led has left a permanent positive imprint on his hometown. Born in the midst of the Second World War, December 20, 1942, he sacrificed his life on June 28, 1968, at the age of 25, to save the lives of those who fought beside him in the Vietnam War.

Santiago-Colón's bravery was well documented. When heavy automatic enemy fire sprayed from the woods around his position, Santiago-Colón, along with the other members of his position, immediately began to repel the attackers, utilizing hand grenades, antipersonnel mines and small-arms fire. They were caught off guard when a North Vietnamese soldier crawled close enough to their position to lob a hand grenade into their foxhole. Santiago-Colón grabbed the grenade, tucked it in to his stomach and turning away from his comrades, absorbed the full impact of the blast.


pr05
pr05

Male, 32, Peekskill, NY

Posted August 13, 2007


These heroes desverve to be recognized for their sacrifice and courage. I ask is that you bring this to the attention to cangress so that they get what they have been denied.


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feastoffriends
feastoffriends

Male, Age Private, New York, NY

Posted April 09, 2009


pr05
pr05

Male, 32, Peekskill, NY


Through out the years, Puerto Ricans have sacrificed their lives serving in the U.S military. Many of these heroes were part of the 65th Infantry Regiment who fought in the Korean War. This Unit had more casualties than most states. Since World War II only four Puerto Rican veterans has ever had received the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is the highest award given to military personnel. The four recipients are;
Fernando Luis Garcia

"His great personal valor and cool decision in the face of almost certain death sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."

On September 5, 1952, Private first class Garcia was named the recipient of this prestigious award for his service in the Korean War -- the first of four Puerto Ricans to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. In addition to that distinction, Camp Garcia, on the island of Vieques, was named after him.

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NEBUR2S
NEBUR2S

Male, Age Private, Linden, NJ

Posted June 27, 2009


Sergeant First Class Agustin Ramos Calero (June 2, 1919-February 10, 1989) was awarded 22 decorations and medals from the U.S. Army for his actions during World War II, thus becoming the most decorated Hispanic soldier in the United States military during that war.Calero was born and raised in the town of Isabela, Puerto Rico, which is located in the northern region of Puerto Rico.In 1941, Calero joined the Army and was assigned to Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment at Camp Las Casas in Santurce. There he received his training as a rifleman. Upon the outbreak of World War II, Calero was reassigned to the Third U.S. Infantry Division and sent to Europe. In 1945, Calero's company was in the vicinity of Colmar, France and engaged in combat against a squad of German soldiers in what is known as the Battle of Colmar Pocket. Calero attacked the squad, killing ten of them and capturing 21 shortly before being wounded himself. Following these events, he was nicknamed "One-Man Army" by his comrades. For these actions he was awarded the Silver Star. Calero had been wounded a total of four times in Europe when the war ended. He was awarded a total of 22 decorations and medals for his actions, making him the Puerto Rican soldier with the most military decorations in all of the United States during that conflict.Calero returned to Puerto Rico and was reassigned once more to the 65th Infantry Regiment. The 65th Infantry departed from Puerto Rico on August 26, 1950, when the United States became involved in the Korean War. They arrived in Pusan, Korea on September 23. In Korea, Calero was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the regiment. He was the personal assistant to the regimental commander, Brigadier General (then Colonel) William W. HarrisCalero served in the Army for a total of 21 years. He retired in 1962 with the rank of Sergeant First Class. At the end of his years, Calero suffered from terminal cancer. Sergeant First Class Agustín Ramos Calero died on February 10, 1989 at 69 years of age and was buried with full military honors in the Puerto Rico National Cemetery in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. His hometown, Isabela, has honored his memory by naming an avenue after him.Among Calero's decorations were the following:
Silver Star
Purple Heart (4 times)
French Croix de Guerre
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 stars
American Campaign Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Meritorious Unit Commendation


pr05
pr05

Male, 32, Peekskill, NY

Posted June 28, 2009


Our people needs to the recognition that they deserve.


NCPR
NCPR

Male, 43, Beacon, NY

Posted July 21, 2009


yes, we do.

NCPR


tanieneida
tanieneida

Female, 35, Trujillo Alto, PR

Posted November 14, 2011


I'm Agustin Ramos grandaugher. I've been started a research to honor my Grandpa and get him the Medall. As you mention he was a hero and I belive that he deserve it...


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