65th Infantry Regiment, The Borinqueneers

65th Infantry Regiment, The Borinqueneers (HM1GUX)

Location: Buffalo, NY 14202 Erie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 52.689', W 78° 52.841'

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Gabriel A. Rodriguez American Legion Post 1928

65th Infantry Regiment, The Borinqueneers
The 65th Infantry was created in 1899 by the U.S. Congress as an active unit composed primarily of Puerto Ricans. It went on to serve meritoriously in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

Nicknamed "The Borinqueneers", the men of the 65th performed valiantly during the Korean War participating in nine major campaigns and even earning praise from General Douglas MacArthur. The 56th Infantry is credited with the last recorded
battalion-sized bayonet attack in U.S. Army history even while enduring the hardship of segregation and discrimination.

Amongst many decorations, the 65th earned over 10 Distinguished Service Crosses, 258 Silver Stars, 628 Bronze Stars, 2771 Purple Hearts, 2 U.S. Presidential Unit Citations, 1 Meritorious Unit Commendation and 2 Republic of Korea Citations.

Gabriel A. Rodriquez American Legion Post 1928

This tribute is dedicated to the Gabriel A. Rodriguez American Legion Post 1928. It was established in 1985 through the leadership of Marcos D. Lopez and other Hispanic veterans. Lopez, himself a decorated WWII U.S. Coast Guard veteran, was called home in 2007, and lays to rest in our nation hallowed ground "Arlington National Cemetery".

The American Legion Post 1928 embraces veterans of all cultures but is recognized as the first Hispanic American Legion in Western New York. 'Post 1928' was dedicated to honor the memory of Specialist Gabriel A. Rodriquez as well as his service to his country. Specialist Rodriquez passed in 1981.

This inscription also serves as a reminder of the post-war struggles with "Agent Orange" and "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome" by Specialist Rodriquez, other veterans and personnel associated with the Viet Nam conflict and all wars.
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByGabriel A. Rodriquez American Legion Post 1928
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 1:32am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 673085 N 4749462
Decimal Degrees42.87815000, -78.88068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 52.689', W 78° 52.841'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 52' 41.34" N, 78° 52' 50.46" W
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Area Code(s)716
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35-71 Marine Dr, Buffalo NY 14202, US
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