Borinqueneers Day


Some of you may read the title of this story and think, what does this word mean? The 65th Army regiment was nicknamed this after the Taíno name for Puerto Rico, “Borinquen,” meaning “land of the brave lord,” and was created in 1899 as a segregated unit by the U.S. Congress. The National Borinqueneers Day, celebrated April 13th, represents the 65th United states Army regiment that fought in the Korean war. These soldiers were a Puerto Rican regiment tasked with holding the port of Hungnam. These soldiers were the ones that assisted and helped the 1st Marine division after they were extremely injured after being surrounded by enemy forces. These men didn’t leave their posts until Christmas Eve when they finally went home.