New Britain, CT – United States
This newly built monument in New Britain is dedicated to the Borinqueneers, Puerto Ricans who distinguished themselves as part of the US Army’s 65th Infantry (a segregated unit). They are the only unit that earned the Congressional Gold Medal for their heroism in the Korean War.
Among the total of 61,000 Puerto Ricans who served in Korea, 90% were volunteers, and a total of 756 were killed. Together, 10 Distinguished Service Crosses, 256 Silver Stars and 606 Bronze Stars for valor, and 2,771 Purple Heart Medals were awarded to the men of the 65th Infantry.