U.S. Army 65th Infantry Regiment Congressional Gold Medal
This medal was presented collectively to the U.S. Army 65th Infantry Regiment—known as the Borinqueneers—in recognition of its pioneering military service, devotion to duty and many acts of valor in the face of adversity.
Composed primarily of Hispanic soldiers, the U.S. Army 65th Infantry Regiment was the last segregated unit of the U.S. military. Though restricted to noncombat roles during World War I, the regiment served heroically on the battlefields of World War II and Korea. The regiment participated in some of the fiercest battles from 1950 to 1952, earning the admiration of many, and dispelling negative stereotypes and reservations about its fighting experience.
The bronze medal pictured is a duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal.