Korean War and Other Conflicts
During the Korean War Puerto Ricans distinguished themselves as part of the 65th Infantry Regiment receiving many awards and recognitions, including ten Distinguished Service Crosses, however some men were unjustly accused and involved in the largest court martial of said war. Puerto Ricans have continued to fight in every conflict in which the United States has been involved, among which are the Vietnam War in which four Puerto Ricans were awarded the Medal of Honor, Operation El Dorado Canyon, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Restore Hope, Operation Desert Storm and in the military campaigns of Afghanistan and Iraq, in what the United States and its allies refer to as the War on Terror.
Some Puerto Ricans became notable commanders. Some have been awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration in the United States; or the Cruz Laureada de San Fernando (Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand), the highest military decoration awarded by the Spanish government. In World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War Puerto Ricans were the most decorated Hispanic soldiers and in some cases, such as Operation Restore Hope and Operation Desert Shield, they were the first to die in combat. The following list has been divided by the century in which the person became notable and the surnames are placed in alphabetical order.
Read more about this topic: List Of Puerto Rican Military Personnel
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“What instances must pass before them of ardent, disinterested, self-denying attachment, of heroism, fortitude, patience, resignationof all the conflicts and the sacrifices that enno ble us most. A sick room may often furnish the worth of volumes.”
—Jane Austen (17751817)
“As a war in years of peace
Or in war an armistice
Or a fathers death, just so
Our parting was not visualized....”
—Philip Larkin (19221986)