Senator Manning looks on as Lorain Pastor Angel Arroyo addresses the Senate in 2013

The Ohio Senate today passed a resolution that will urge the United States Congress to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment – the only segregated Hispanic military unit in U.S. history.
State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) sponsored the measure, Senate Concurrent Resolution 31, which passed unanimously.
“These men fought with distinction and valor for our country in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War,” Manning stated. “The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor in the United States and I can think of no better way to recognize these remarkable individuals and the sacrifices they made to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.”
Nicknamed “The Borinqueneers” after the Puerto Rican Taino population, the men of the 65th Infantry Regiment were among the most ethnically diverse U.S. combat fighting units having consisted of Mexican American, African American, Philippine, and Virgin Islander soldiers.
The unit is highly decorated for its service during the Korean War, during which it served in major combat operations. The Borinqueneers are also credited with having made the final battalion-sized bayonet assault in United States military history.
The men of the 65th regiment have earned a total of ten Distinguished Service Crosses, 258 Silver Stars, 628 Bronze Stars and over 2700 Purple Hearts over the span of WWI, WWII and the Korean War.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 31 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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