Md. Soldier From Hispanic-Only Army Unit Feted

BALTIMORE — A 96-year-old Korean War veteran is being recognized as Maryland’s last living member of a segregated, Spanish-speaking U.S. Army unit nicknamed the Borinqueneers.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski is among those paying tribute Monday in Baltimore to Leonardo Martinez of Odenton.

The Maryland Democrat co-sponsored a resolution awarding the unit a Congressional Gold Medal. The measure passed both houses of Congress and is awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature.

Martinez received the Purple Heart for his service with the 65th Infantry Regiment. The unit was composed mainly of Puerto Rican soldiers from World War I through the Korean War.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS DC

D.C. Lottery Live
Follow and Like Us

Listen Live