🏆 2023 BIBA® Non-Fiction: History Winner!
An inspiring collection of more than 700 rare photographs which traces the glorious history of the 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic-segregated unit in U.S. Army history, comprised primarily of Puerto Ricans. This bilingual edition in English and Spanish illustrates the regiment’s more than 120 years of service, from its origins in 1899 through its service during World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The historical content and veteran quotes provide an in-depth perspective about the service of one of the country’s last segregated military units. Recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, the unit’s trajectory comes to life as they train and fight in Puerto Rico, Panama, Europe and Korea. The book provides a rich visual legacy of the regiment’s valiant service to our country.
Noemí Figueroa Soulet is the Producer/Director of the PBS documentary film “The Borinqueneers,” winner of the Military Channel Award at the GI Film Festival, amongst others. For more than two decades, she has been speaking as an authority on the regiment at corporations, universities, military facilities and community organizations; recorded veteran interviews and preserved archival photographs. Born in Puerto Rico, she is a graduate of New York University and resides in Kissimmee, Florida.