Obama Awards Borinqueneers With Congressional Gold Medal – NBC News.com

WASHINGTON, DC — A U.S. Army segregated unit composed mainly of soldiers from the island of Puerto Rico distinguished itself in World War I, World War II and Korea. But it was not until Tuesday that these soldiers, most of them no longer living, received one of the nation’s highest honors.President Obama awarded the 65th Infantry Regiment – known as the Borinqueneers for Puerto Rico’s native name, Borinquen – the Congressional Gold Medal.Sign up for breaking news alerts from NBC News”In World War I, they defended the homeland and patrolled the Panama Canal Zone. In World War II, they fought in Europe. In Korea, they fought in mud and snow. They are the 65th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army,” said Obama to cheers from the audience.

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