Korean War Project

65th Infantry Regiment



1999 and Earlier Legacy Files





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:

www.ngb.dtic.mil/referenc/gallery/borinque.htm

(http://www.ngb.dtic.mil/referenc/gallery/borinque.htm)

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

Hi, 
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
that unit.
  
Thanks AFBEN
AFBEN@aol.com

Research effort

From: Sigen@aol.com

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.

Thank you.

Ruiz

Greetings, 

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
Infantry.

Cheers,
Email address

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
base.  

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
 johnscot@sylvania.sev.org
johnscot@ix.netcom.com

---from KWP----

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" festremera@monmouth.com  wrote:

Hello,

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
broadcasted.

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
Storm conflict.

1953

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

HQ Company

On Mon, 24 Feb 1997 
Art Elkington aelkington@worldnet.att.net  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 
Salinas Ca.

F Company

On Sat, 29 Mar 1997
David Sawyer  sawyerd@tomah.com  wrote:

1285th LSB, 2D Bde, 85th Div
1935 South C Street
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
phone: 608-388-2049
fax: 608-388-4104

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
APO 468 

Outpost Kelly

On Tue, 13 May 1997 
Dennis Vargas  dennisvargas@xyc.com  wrote:

423 - 10th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718)499-7238

I have been doing a little research on the 65th Infantry from Puerto
Rico. 

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
Hill?

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
423-10th Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215

HQ Company

 
On Sat, 31 May 1997 
Dave Hofman dhofman@asrc.com  wrote:
Joseph Hofman
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.

Tribute

 
On Tue, 3 Jun 1997
Reinaldo Andujar  elgallego@aol.com  wrote:

9412 Nicklaus Lane
Laurel, Md 20708-3237
(301)470-6359

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:

POBox 417261
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
information

Outpost Kelly

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

E-MAIL: CHORTI@HOTMAIL.COM

Book in progress

On Wed, 3 Dec 1997 
"John A. CAbranes" Email address wrote:

610 Main Street, Suite 207
Racine, WI 53403

phone: 414-637-3000
fax: 414-632-1465

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
65th.

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.   

1950-52

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.

Thank you.

Rgt S-3

On Fri, 26 Dec 1997 
William Friedman, Lt. Col. AUS/Ret Email address wrote:

2947 Arizona Avenyue. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016-3416

Telephone: 202-362-2508
Fax: 202-362-0767

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
Telephone:	804-693-5147

I SEARCHED FOR 1LT NUMA A. WATSON,JR., WIA DIED OF WOUNDS, BATTLE AT
OUTPOST HENRY, 1953-4?, 65TH INF REGT.

Finding info

On Sat, 3 Jan 1998 
"Donald E. Williams" Email address wrote:

phone: 1-205-329-1886

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
unit awards.

call 1-205-329-1886 or 
e-mail me at asiam@lakemartin.net. 

Donald E. Williams  

THE "BORINQUENEERS"

On Mon, 19 Jan 1998 
MIGUEL A ORENGO SR Email address wrote:

46 SLATER ST
AMSTERDAM, NYU 12010

phone: 518-842-3277

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: 
dosr@telenet.net OR 
mmillan@czn.com  

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.

A Company

On Wed, 18 Feb 1998 
James A Browning Email address wrote:

PO Box 52
Verdunville, WV 25649

phone: 304-752-7220

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
anything else. 

someone write or call me.

Contact wanted

On Sun, 12 Apr 1998
Richard Brown Email address wrote:

POB  778
HIAWASSEE, GA 30546

Telephone: 706-896-3869
Fax: 706-896-3869

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
PARTICIPATED IN.

THANKS

HQ Co

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
dad.

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
help me.

Name: Miguel A. Cintron
Rank:   CPL                    Pay Grade: E4
IDno: 30403799                Military Specialty: 04745
Key No.: 5185

KIA


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
fire.

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.

Respectfully Yours,
Daniel Caraballo

F Co

On Fri, 12 Jun 1998 
"PEDRO A.SANTANA" Email address wrote:

phone: 305 3824666
fax: 305 3824666

comments: 
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
War.

Other names that I remember were: Gomez E. Arrigoitia, Rafael Lamar
Guerra, Hermogenes Alverio and Luis Medina. Thanks for keeping their
names alive. 


Book on unit

On Mon, 18 May 1998 
Egonzalez1 Email address wrote:

Ted,
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.

Eddie Gonzalez

Major Luis Valencia

On Wed, 15 Jul 1998 
Ty Edwards Rodriguez Email address wrote:

33 Mt. Rainier Avenue
Farmingville, NY 11738


comments:
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

phone: 740-544-5647

1 BN Med Co 

datein: 1-15-52 dateout: 10-31-53

comments: 
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. 

K Co

On Fri, 23 Oct 1998
Alberto lugo Email address wrote:

KIA April 27, 1951

Dear Sir:

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
historic document.

My EMAIL in Korea is:

AlbertoL@ppp.kornet21.net

Sincerely,

Alberto Lugo (Marrero)
COL, USA


65th Infantry Regiment

1999 and Earlier Legacy Files