Sending Office: Posey, Bill
Sent By:
Johnathan.Sargent@mail.house.gov

DEADLINE TO SIGN: Wednesday, June 6, COB. 

Current co-signers include Sen. Nelson, Sen. Rubio, Sen. Menendez, Rep. Soto, Rep. Velazquez, Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Rep. Bilirakis, Rep. Gaetz, Rep. Murphy, Rep. Castor, Rep. Thomas Rooney, Rep. Deutch, Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Diaz-Balart,
Rep. Curbelo, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Gallego, Rep. Espaillat, Rep. Gonzalez, Rep. Serrano, Rep. Ross, Rep. Torres, Rep. Coffman, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. Webster, Rep. Hastings, Rep. Napolitano, Rep. Gomez, Rep. Kihuen, and Rep. Amata. 

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us in expressing support for the issuance of a postage stamp honoring the renowned 65th Infantry Regiment, a famed U.S. Army unit known as the “Borinqueneers”.

Despite executive orders issued by President Truman in 1948, which assured equal treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces regardless of race or color, the 65th Infantry Regiment served for most of the Korean War (1950-1953)
as a segregated unit, composed mainly of soldiers from Puerto Rico.

The Borinqueneers participated in some of the fiercest battles during the war. As a collective, the Regiment won numerous awards for their service—including two Presidential Unit Citations, the nation’s highest unit-level recognition for extraordinary heroism,
and a Congressional Gold Medal, considered the most distinguished form of recognition Congress can bestow upon an individual or group for outstanding achievement.  This is in addition to Distinguished Service Crosses, about 250 Silver Stars, over 600 Bronze
Stars, and nearly 3,000 Purple Hearts. 

The soldiers of the 65th fought valiantly on behalf of the U.S. to protect the people of South Korea, even as they struggled against discrimination and injustice within the military. They overcame these obstacles and earned praise and respect for their combat
performance and commitment to the U.S. Armed Forces.

The men of the 65th Infantry Regiment served our nation with great skill and tremendous grace. Please join us in honoring their service to our our nation. If you would like to sign onto this letter (see text below), or have any questions, please contact
Johnathan Sargent in Representative Bill Posey’s office at Johnathan.sargent@mail.house.gov  or (202) 225-3671.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill Posey                      Darren Soto                     Jenniffer González-Colón            Nydia Velázquez           

Member of Congress    Member of Congress      Member of Congress                    Member of Congress

 

LETTER TEXT

June X, 2018

 

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

 

Dear Committee Members,

We are writing in support of the committee reconsidering the issuance of a stamp commemorating the heroism of “The Borinqueneers” of the 65th Infantry Regiment, an all-Puerto Rican segregated unit created in 1899 by Congress.

Called upon to serve in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, the Borinqueneers have consistently shown exceptional and unyielding valor on the battlefield despite the hardships they lived under. As a unit, they earned a Presidential Unit Citation,
a Meritorious Unit Commendation and two Republic of Korea Unit Citations, including personal praise from General MacArthur when they were called to the front lines of the Korean War. Individuals within the regiment were also awarded Distinguished Service Crosses,
Silver Stars and Bronze Stars.

As the stamp committee evaluates this application and the criteria required for awarding stamp commemorations, we encourage the Committee to consider the Borinqueneers’ endurance of segregation along with their singular achievements abroad in defense of
the United States. While we understand that the Stamp Committee generally refrains from awarding commemoration to individual units, we urge the Committee to meet and work with their supporters to see if there is a way to honor their achievements.

Thank you for reviewing our request to honor the Borinqueneers of the 65th Infantry Regiment and we look forward to your response.

 

Sincerely,

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