Memoir Salutes Contributions of Puerto Rican Soldiers

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Unprecedented account of serving in Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment during Korean War

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The unspoken heroes of Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment and the crucial role its officers played in the Korean War are finally given a voice by a man who experienced it first-hand in Proud to Serve My Country (published by AuthorHouse), the unparalleled new memoir by Captain Vazquez-Rodriguez.

Founded in 1899, the 65th Infantry Regiment was an all-volunteer and comprised mainly of Puerto Ricans. Its men fought in both World Wars, but it was the Korean War, as part of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry, that would introduce them to more intense combat, bring them to greater prominence and result in the highest number of casualties.

In September 1950, 6,000 officers of the Regiment organized into three infantry battalions, one artillery battalion and a tank company and made their way from Puerto Rico to Korea. Proud to Serve My Country chronicles Vazquez-Rodriguez’s service as an infantryman, or foot soldier, during 1951-52 with the 15th Infantry Regiment.

As an infantryman, Vazquez-Rodriguez faced not only the derision that came with being a part of what he bluntly describes as the “lowest echelons of the combat units”; as a Puerto Rican, he was looked down upon by white superiors and describes the discrimination that he and his fellow soldiers experienced.

Following his time spent in Korea, Vazquez-Rodriguez continued his service and goes on to recount missions in Europe and several South American countries as a Special Forces soldier. When the Vietnam War broke out, he joined the 101st Airborne Division – the famous “Screaming Eagles” – and his impressive tour of duty included fighting in the final battle of the war.

Passionately written, Proud to Serve My Country is filled with moving testaments to both to the courage of Vazquez-Rodriguez and his fellow officers and the resilience of the Korean civilians who endured the suffering of their people and destruction of their country. Vazquez-Rodriguez comes forth with a compelling new book that he hopes will help rewrite what he believes is a “tarnished history” of the contributions of the 65th Infantry Regiment. Discover the important role Puerto Rico has played in aiding the United States throughout multiple wars in the pages of this noteworthy new nonfiction.

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