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For Puerto Rican veterans, an honor years in the making

Korean War regiment to be lauded in Worcester

The Rev. Jose Perez sat at home in Worcester with his grandchildren Elias and Daviana. He served in the Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment. The Rev. Jose Perez sat at home in Worcester with his grandchildren Elias and Daviana. He served in the Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
By Maria Sacchetti
Globe Staff / June 20, 2009

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WORCESTER - They were forgotten soldiers from the forgotten war. The Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment, almost exclusively from Puerto Rico, took part in some of the most brutal battles in Korea. General Douglas MacArthur called them “heroic,’’ but inside the Army the soldiers faced their own battles: Some officers questioned their patriotism, derided them with ethnic slurs, or worse, sent ... (Full article: 1079 words)

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