Unit History wanted
On Mon, 9 Nov 1998
Updated: 9 Nov 1999
Balthazar (Bart) Soto Email address wrote:
If you have internet you should be able to click on this and see a
painting of the 65th in Korea. If this doesn't work try going to:
I am interested in hearing from veterans of the 65th who served during
the final 2 years of the war. I have read the book by WW Harris, Puerto
Rico's Fighting 65th Infantry, which only covers the Regiment when he
was commander, during the first year. I am particularly interested in
finding out what happened to the regiment during the last two years of
the war and the "Bugout" incident which occured in October 1952.
Many of us Puerto Rican officers want to know the entire history of the
regiment and cannot locate any complete histories. Maybe it is time for
someone to write the entire history?
Bart Soto, LTC, USAR and (Son of a Borinqueneer).
Information on unit needed
my name is Benny Rivera. I'm interested in the war in Korea, and I was
wondering if you had any info on the 65th U.S. Infantry.
Anything like famous battles they had,how many latinos served during
that war, and records and names of KIA and MIA'S.
My uncle served and I heard so much about his experiences. Also any
info if any on medals,heroes and sacrifices made by any Puerto Rican in
Subject: HISPANIC KOREAN WAR VETERANS
I am a writer looking for information on Hispanic Korean war veterans,
researching for a book on their experiences. Any leads to agencies,
organizations, and individuals would be appreciated. I am interested
also in members of the 65th infantry regiment, 3rd Division.
This was a regiment composed entirely of Puerto Ricans who saw
front line service. Again any help is appreciated.
My address is Sigen@aol.com.
My father served during the Korean War conflict. I would like to inquire
as to how I can access a WebPage dedicated the men of the US Army 65th
Unit assignment question - KIA
504th Parachute Regimental Combat Team
I just discovered your www page today. My father served in the Army in
Korea. I have spent years trying to find out more about his unit and
the action they saw. Thanks for developing this great information
Thanks for your reply. My father John D. Porterfield Jr., was killed
in action two days after he was officially relieved. He was showing
the New commander the terrain. No one was aware that the chinese had
moved up one of the 120mm mortars during the night.
I found a reference to this action in one of the Korean trilogies
written long ago. And I have spent most of my adult life trying to
talk to someone who knew him. He was promoted to First Lieutenant
after he was killed. He left two sons and a 22 year old widow.
I believe he was in A company 504th. He was career military having
served in the WWII. He rode the second plane to land in occupied Japan.
John Scott Porterfield
Lt Porterfield was assigned to the 65th INF RGT
KIA - Oct 28, 1951
Promoted to Capt.
Heroes Hispanos / Telemundo Video
On Sun, 19 Jan 1997
"Frank J. Estremera" email@example.com wrote:
My name is Francisco (Frank) Estremera. My father, Felix Antonio
Estremera was a member of the all Puerto Rican 65th infantry during
the Korean conflict.
I never knew much about the Korean conflict, nor did I know much about
the 65th infantry. I remember as a child, while living in Puerto Rico,
seeing a newspaper photo with my mother and older sister (then 6 months
old) and my father meeting her for the very first time (my parents were
married, and my father immediately went to the Army and onto Korea).
One night 3 years ago, while flipping through the chanels on a Sunday
night (nothing good on tv), I came across the Telemundo chanel from NY.
They were showing part 2 of "Heroes Hispanos". This cought my
attention, especially when they showed a segment on the Korean conflict.
This segment then included a section on the 65th infantry returning
home to San Juan on a military ship. To my amazement, color footage
showing my father meeting his daughter, born during
his tenure in the 65th Infantry and my mother welcoming him home, was
Needless to say, I have obtained (thanks to Telemundo) a copy of this
special broadcast. I encourage everyone to try to obtain or to see this
broadcast, if it is ever shown again. This is a homage to all hispanics
who have served our country, from the Civil war on through the Desert
On Sat, 8 Feb 1997
Jesse Zimmet wrote:
800 S.W. 137 AVE G410
PEMBROKE PINES, FL 33027
i served in the 65th inf regt 3rd division, korea 1953
On Mon, 24 Feb 1997
Art Elkington firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I was in the 3rd Division, 65th Infentry Reg.Hq.Co. I arrived at
Kumsong about a week before we pulled back to reserve,
then diverted to Kumhwa to do bloching because of the break through
by the North Koreans & Chinease and over running of the 5RTC.
We were shelled there every day until the truce. I presently live in
On Sat, 29 Mar 1997
David Sawyer email@example.com wrote:
1285th LSB, 2D Bde, 85th Div
1935 South C Street
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
dates: 10 May 53 - 25 Mar 54
I am trying to locate soldiers, and or historians for my Fathers unit as
shown below. If you served with Grant Sawyer please email me.
If you have any info on this unit, please email...
Headquarters 3rd Infantry Division
Company "F" 65th Infantry Rgt
3rd Infantry Division
On Tue, 13 May 1997
Dennis Vargas firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
423 - 10th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
I have been doing a little research on the 65th Infantry from Puerto
There is a book (THE ONLY BOOK) which I found after a year of searching
for it. I have heard several stories from my father who was in Puerto
Rico at the time but did not serve since he remained in school. He says
that there was a particular battle which he remebers being called Kelly
Well anyway, he remembers that in his town, after that battle, almost
all the young women were dressed in black because boyfriends fiances and
husbands were lost(possibily to friendly fire). Since then I have had a
fascination with the subject and now I am researching for a project. If
anyone who served (or had fathers who served)would please get in touch
with me for an interview I would greatly appreciate it.
QUE VIVAN LOS BORINQUENEERS!!!
Dennis Vargas (718) 499-7238
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215
On Sat, 31 May 1997
Dave Hofman email@example.com wrote:
8500 E. Appaloosa Trails
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
My name is Dave Hofman,
I am writing this for my father the e-mail address is mine. He was
in 65th infantry HQ company. Korea 1951-53.
Staff Seargant in charge of como platoon. Was present at cease
fire in july. The address given above is his, all e-mail requests will
be forwarded to him.
Rotated early to become cadre at Ft. Carson Colorado Presently retired
in Arizona who proudly wears his Korea Vet hat always willing to tell
a great war story.
On Tue, 3 Jun 1997
Reinaldo Andujar firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
9412 Nicklaus Lane
Laurel, Md 20708-3237
Statehood for Puerto Rico was bought and paid for by the 609 men
that died serving in the 65th Infantry Regiment. "Lest we forget"
William G Almeyda
On Sun, 10 Aug 1997
Salvador Gonzalez wrote:
Chicago, IL 60613
Telephone: (773) 534-4080
Fax: 7730 534-4163
I am happy that I found you. I would like to find out about my uncle
who died in the Korean War. His name was William Gonzalez Almeyda. 65
Inf. from Aguadilla P.R. It has been extremely impossible to find out
On Sat, 09 Aug 1997
Javier Porrata Email address wrote:
THIS RCT WAS ASSIGNED UNDER THE 3RD IN DIV. I NEED YOUR HELP TO FIND AN
ESPECIFIC PLACE CALLED "OP KELLEY" IN WHICH THE 65TH WAS EMPLACED.
RIGHT NOW I'M ASSIGNED AT THE JSA-CP BONIFAS AND AS FAR I KNOW THAT OP
WAS LOCATED NEARBY CHUNCHON NEAR THE EASTERN CORRIDOR.
I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO A FORMER ARTY LT WHO MADE A TOT FIRE
ON TOP OFF OP KELLEY TO STOP THE NKPA. I WAS NOT ABLE TO PURSUE ANYMORE
BECAUSE OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH TIME THAT DAY AND HE LEFT TO THE STATES
THAT SAME DAY.
IF YOU CAN PLEASE HELP ME FIND THAT AREA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
RICHARD I. PEREZ
Book in progress
On Wed, 3 Dec 1997
"John A. CAbranes" Email address wrote:
610 Main Street, Suite 207
Racine, WI 53403
I am begining research on a book detailing the experiences of the men
of the 65th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. If anyone knows
where I can get in touch with survivors or family members that may have
kept any correspondence they received from the front I would
appreciate a call, fax or just a line of e-mail with the name,
telephone number or address of the individual.
All help will be greatly appreciated.
Master Sargent Israel Malaret MIA
On Thu, 11 Dec 1997
GERMAN MALARET Email address wrote:
datein: 1950 dateout: 1952
I would like to have more information on the 65th Infantry Regiment.
My uncle Master Sargent Israel Malaret served proudly in Korea with the
I was not born yet when he was listed as (MIA). I would of love to have
meet him. My father tells me he was a great guy. I'am proud to be from
Puerto Rico. My family has serve in the U.S. Military in all major
wars. World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and Croatia. I
believe that Puerto Ricans have served faithfully and proudly.
On Mon, 15 Dec 1997
Ramon Viera wrote:
2nd St. H-31, Villa Nueva
Caguas, PR 00725
I served in the Korean War in 65th Inf. Regt. 3rd Div from l950-l952
and in l952-1953 I served in the l5th Inf. Regt. 3rd Inf. Div. I was a
SFC incharged of Ammo. & Piomneer Platoon.
Domingo Ortiz Rodriguez
On Wed, 17 Dec 1997
"Melvin D. Ortiz Toro" Email address wrote:
On how to get, find some information about my father. He was with the
65th Infantry Regiment. He's still alive, though, thanks God.
I forgot, his name is Domingo Ortiz Rodriguez.
On Fri, 26 Dec 1997
William Friedman, Lt. Col. AUS/Ret Email address wrote:
2947 Arizona Avenyue. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016-3416
I served with the 65th Inf.Regiment from August, 10/50 until
Oct. 29/51. I was initialy S-3 of the Regiment under Col. Silliam
Harris and then as Executive Officer of the 3rd Battalion.
I then became Ass't G-3 of the Division and then G-3 of the Division.I
returned to the States in December, 1951
NUMA A. WATSON,JR
On Fri, 26 Dec 1997
Paul L. Applin wrote:
4207 GUM POINT LANE
WHITE MARSH, VA 23183
I SEARCHED FOR 1LT NUMA A. WATSON,JR., WIA DIED OF WOUNDS, BATTLE AT
OUTPOST HENRY, 1953-4?, 65TH INF REGT.
On Sat, 3 Jan 1998
"Donald E. Williams" Email address wrote:
I was asked to find all the information I could about the 65th Inf.
My buddy's father was with the 65th . I would like to find out about
call 1-205-329-1886 or
e-mail me at email@example.com.
Donald E. Williams
On Mon, 19 Jan 1998
MIGUEL A ORENGO SR Email address wrote:
46 SLATER ST
AMSTERDAM, NYU 12010
datein: 9/21/51 dateout: 9/21/53
I'M WRITING THIS FOR MY FATHER MIGUEL A ORENGO WHO SERVED IN THE US
ARMY FROM 9/21/51 TO 9/21/53. MY FATHER WAS ONE OF THE "BORINQUENEERS"
FROM PUERTO RICO THAT SERVED IN KOREA FROM 3/52 TO 3/53.
HE REMEMBERS THAT HE SERVED IN THE 65TH INFANTRY, 3RD BATALLION
DIVISION, SERIAL #50111257. IF ANYONE OUT THERE CAN REMEMBER OR RELATE
TO THESE DATES,
HE CAN BE REACHED AT EMAIL:
HQ Co, 3rd Bn
On Wed, 5 Nov 1997
Ramon Viera Email address wrote:
2nd St. H-3l, Villa Nueva
Caguas, PR 00725
I served in the Korean War from l950-51 and from l952-53 in Hq. Co. 3rd
Bn. 65th Inf. Regiment, 3rd Division.
On Wed, 18 Feb 1998
James A Browning Email address wrote:
PO Box 52
Verdunville, WV 25649
Co A 65th
datein: 1951 dateout: 1971
I served with the 65th inf regt A Co from 1952-1954. I was Squad leader
of the machine gun squad and later platoon sgt. I would love to hear
from anyone in that regt and will gladly help with any type reunion or
someone write or call me.
On Sun, 12 Apr 1998
Richard Brown Email address wrote:
HIAWASSEE, GA 30546
I WAS ATTACHED TO CO.I 65 INF REGT 3RD DIV AS A MEDIC DURING THE
LATTER DAYS ON THE WAR. AFTER THE TRUCE WAS TRANSFERED TO BATTALION AID
STATION WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM ANYONE THAT REMEMBERS ME. WAS ON MLR
WHEN TRUCE WAS SIGNED
I AM LOOKING FOR A DISCUSSION GROUP RE. THIS REGIMENT THAT I HAVE
On Thu, 5 Mar 1998
Neil Clark Email address wrote:
datein: april 1953 dateout: july or aug 1953
was in co g 180 inf from april til the div was rotated home. then was
reassigned to hq co 65 regt of the 3rd div. was in the 1 sqd 1plt and
carried the bar. anyone out there who with the co g at the same time?
Miguel A. Cintron
On Tue, 16 Jun 1998
Daniel Caraballo Email address wrote:
Hello: My name is Daniel Caraballo. For many years I have heard many
stories about my uncle, who was a casualty of the Korean War.He left
behind two sons, one of which never had a chance to meet his Dad. His
sons and I grew up together and for as long as I can remember the
youngest one, who is now 48, regrets never having a chance to meet his
Maybe I can't bring his dad back, but I am trying to gather as much
information about him as possible. If someone in your organization could
help me with this I would be forever grateful.
Here is some information I gathered from your database that may help you
Name: Miguel A. Cintron
Rank: CPL Pay Grade: E4
IDno: 30403799 Military Specialty: 04745
Key No.: 5185
Additional Information: It is my understanding that he died on the River
Yalu. While trying to help some comrades that were pinned down by enemy
If you can not help me please guide to to any agency that may be able to
help me. I than you for your time and effort.
On Fri, 12 Jun 1998
"PEDRO A.SANTANA" Email address wrote:
phone: 305 3824666
fax: 305 3824666
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE KOREAN WAR 1952 53 COULD
CONTACT ME.I SERVE IN THE 65TH INF.REGIMENT CO F. I WAS IN THE BATTLE
OF KELLY HILL,ALSO AT THE VALLEY OF DEATH IN CHORWON; IN WHITE HORSE
BATTLE AY PAPASSAN HILL ETC.
Streets of heros
On Tue, 09 Jun 1998
Vivian Deliz Email address wrote:
I lived in Puerto Rico on a street by the name of Eddie Gracia Sanchez.
He was one of the Korean War casualties. In fact, the entire development
has names of Puertorrican soldiers that were killed during the Korean
Other names that I remember were: Gomez E. Arrigoitia, Rafael Lamar
Guerra, Hermogenes Alverio and Luis Medina. Thanks for keeping their
Book on unit
On Mon, 18 May 1998
Egonzalez1 Email address wrote:
Amazon.Com just sent me book "Puerto Rico's Fighting 65th US Infantry:
From San Juan to Chorwan" by W.W. Harris started reading it right
away it's a very good book. W.W. Harris was Commander of the 65th
Infantry during the Korean War. I paid about $55.00 for copy of book
through Amazon.Com includes shipping and handling.
Major Luis Valencia
On Wed, 15 Jul 1998
Ty Edwards Rodriguez Email address wrote:
33 Mt. Rainier Avenue
Farmingville, NY 11738
I am the grandson of Major Luis Valencia (Retired). My grandfather
suffered a stroke which has left him partially paralyzed and unable to
communicate verbally. He currently resides in Barranquitas, P.R.
I know that he served in the Korean War, 65th Infantry 3rd Div. What
rank he had at the time, I could not tell you. I would like to know if
anyone knew of him. If anyone could please tell me something about his
army life I would be much appreciated.
I know that he had the reputation of being a strict leader. However, he
was much respected. Through Army reviews I learned little about his
life in the Army. I would like to know more. Any assistance would be
greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance!
Ty E. Rodriguez
1 BN Med Co 65IR
On Sat, 23 May 1998
Walter Dean McKnight Email address wrote:
14225 State HWY 152
Toronto, OH 43964
1 BN Med Co
datein: 1-15-52 dateout: 10-31-53
I was a medic jeep driver. I am looking for any information on the
status or location on the following individuals:
Ralph Marquet at last known address of 16 Willis Ave, Keansburg, NJ.
Elton Collins at 16 Lark Street, Cableshill, NY.
Please email my nephew and/or call or write to me.
On Fri, 23 Oct 1998
Alberto lugo Email address wrote:
KIA April 27, 1951
I am a Hispanic Active Duty Colonel currently serving in Korea.
My Uncle was killed in action during the Korean War and I am currently
researching as much as I can about him. My uncle's name was
Pablo Marrero Bocheciamp, my mother states he was assigned to K Company,
65TH Infantry Regiment and she states he was a 1SG but I am not sure.
She could not tell me anything about in which battle he was killed,
except that he was at first missing in action and later pronounced KIA.
His remains were returned to Puerto Rico in a sealed casket.
I would appreciate any information given by any surviving member or any
My EMAIL in Korea is:
Alberto Lugo (Marrero)