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A Borinqueneer Gets His Due

“The immigrant experience is highly romanticized,” said U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro in reference to Cordova’s achievement. “It’s tough, brutal, and he succeeded. These medals are richly deserved.” DeLauro pinned Celestino Cordova with the combat infantry badge, sharp shooter badge and several others. (Allan Appel, the New Haven Independent)

He waited nearly 60 years to receive the combat medals he won in Korea. But the love and accolades of area Latino leaders for Celestino Cordova as the man on whose shoulders they stand meant every bit as much as the overdue honor from his days with a Puerto Rican combat unit.

Admirers gathered at the Fair Haven Elderly Apartments community room on Saltonstall Avenue June 8, 2010, to witness U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro pin on 81-year old Cordova the combat infantry badge, sharp shooter badge and several others.

Cordova earned these honors during service, including hand-to-hand combat, with a reconnaissance unit within the fabled Borinqueneers of the all-Puerto Rican 65th U.S. Army Regiment during the Korean War.

via A Borinqueneer Gets His Due | New Haven Independent.

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