The Puerto Rican Experience in the U.S. Military:
A Century of Unheralded Service

Puerto Ricans started fighting as auxiliary forces to the U.S. military in 1898. Since then, hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have served in every small and major conflict in which the United States has participated. This publication intends to show the scope of the Puerto Rican experience in the U.S. military without lionizing nor demeaning it. This project hopes to inspire the public and scholars to look into this under-studied phenomenon.

PR Military

Puerto Rican National Guard, 60th Infantry Regiment.
In the aftermath of World War II, Japan’s 35 year long colonial rule over Korea came to...
Painting of the 65th Infantry Regiment during Korean War
Over 61,000 Puerto Ricans served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War. Many...
Homenaje del Pueblo de Puerto Rico - May 23, 1951
On October 12th, 1950, Puerto Ricans learned that the 65th was fighting in Korea. The...
Cabo Gomez arrives in New York, Aug. 31, 1952
In September of 1951, El Diario de Nueva York published a picture of Corporal Ángel Gómez...
Soldiers of the 65th, North of the Han River, Korea, June 1951. Photo credit: U.S. Army
On August 13, 1952, exploding Chinese artillery rounds and the strains of the Puerto...

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Resources by the Author


Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952.

Franqui-Rivera, H. Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952. University of Nebraska Press.


Franqui-Rivera, H. Fighting on Two Fronts: The Experience of the Puerto Rican Soldiers in the Korean War. Centro Press..

Book Excerpts

Puerto Rican Soldiers in the Korean War: The Battle of Chosin Reservoir” in Centro Voices, Spring 2019.

“‘A New Day Has Dawned for Porto Rico’s Jíbaro’: Manhood, Race, Military Service and Self-Government during WWI” in Latino Studies, Palgrave, Vol. 13.2 (2015).

"National Mythologies: U.S. Citizenship for the People of Puerto Rico and Military Service” in Memorias: Revista Digital de Historia y Arqueología desde el Caribe, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla Colombia, No.21 (2013).

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