Puerto Rican firsts in the US military

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LIer

West Islip, NY

#1 Jun 3, 2012
US Army Lt. Teófilo Marxuach fired the FIRST shot of World War One for the Unites States at a Imperial German Navy supply ship in San Juan harbor on April 6th 1917.

US Navy Captain Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano was FIRST Hispanic US Navy submarine commander when he became captain of the USS Balao in 1944.

Lt. Gen. Pedro del Valle became the FIRST Hispanic general officer in the US Marine Corps. Commanded the 1st Marine Division on Okinawa - the bloodiest battle of the Pacific campaign.

Juan César Cordero Dávila was the FIRST Puerto Rican born infantry battalion commander in the US Army.

Horacio Rivero, Jr. was the FIRST full Admiral in the US Navy.

US Army Sgt 1st Class Modesto Cartagena is the most decorated Puerto Rican soldier in history. There is currently a movement underway to upgrade his Distinguished Service Cross to the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions in Korea on April 19th 1951.

US Air Force Lt. Col. Olga E. Custodio was the FIRST female Hispanic pilot in the US Air Force.

María V. Martínez is the the FIRST female Hispanic to reach the rank of Command Sergeant Major in the US Army.

US Marine Corps PFC Fernando Luis García was the FIRST Puerto Rican to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions in Korea on September 5th 1952.

US Air Force Captain Linda Garcia Cubero became the FIRST female Hispanic to graduate from a US military service academy (USAF Academy) in 1980.

US Army Specialist Frances Vega became the FIRST female Puerto Rican to lose her life in defense of the United States near Fallujah, Iraq on November 2nd 2003.

US Army PFC Carmen Garcia Rosada was the FIRST female Puerto Rican to enlist in the US military in 1944.

Carmen Lozano Dumler was the FIRST female Puerto Rican officer in the US Army being sworn in as a 2nd Lieutenant on August 21st 1944.

Maria Rodriguez Denton became the FIRST female Puerto Rican officer in the US Navy in 1944.
jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#2 Jun 3, 2012
Wow!

They were all Americans, first and had the US well being in mind at all times....
LIer

West Islip, NY

#3 Jun 3, 2012
Puerto Rico has always contributed enormously to national defense and it's islanders will continue to serve with honor. 200,000+ have served since 1898. The Puerto Rico Army National Guard is the only state national guard that regularly EXCEEDS it's recruiting quota ... here in NY my local unit, 1/69 Infantry (the famous Fighting 69th) musters companies that are platoon size.

Just last week I read a story of a Puerto Rican US Army Special Forces officer who was blinded in an attack in Iraq and his successful fight to remain on active duty avoiding a medical discharge.
jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#4 Jun 3, 2012
LIer wrote:
Puerto Rico has always contributed enormously to national defense and it's islanders will continue to serve with honor. 200,000+ have served since 1898. The Puerto Rico Army National Guard is the only state national guard that regularly EXCEEDS it's recruiting quota ... here in NY my local unit, 1/69 Infantry (the famous Fighting 69th) musters companies that are platoon size.
Just last week I read a story of a Puerto Rican US Army Special Forces officer who was blinded in an attack in Iraq and his successful fight to remain on active duty avoiding a medical discharge.
Man, these great Americans deserve equality and a first class citizenship.
delrioan1

Del Rio, TX

#5 Jun 6, 2012
I know a guy who was the first Air National Guard recruiting instructor at the U.S. Air Force recruiting school that was from Puerto Rico. He worked as the instructor, supervisor and subject matter expert for the course. I asked to see why he is not known in wikipedia or any publication and he always declines to have any credit in doing his duty.
LIer

West Islip, NY

#6 Jun 7, 2012
Most servicemen/women are like that: very humble about their own achievements. To them the real heroes are the ones that never came home - both my grandfathers were like that.

One of my grandfathers was a US Navy construction battalion seaman-welder that fought in Papua-New Guinea campaign in in 1943, and in the retaking of the Philippines in 1944/1945. Never once spoke of his experiences. My other grandfather was a US Army Air Force B-24 bombardier/gunner and was shot down over Czechoslovakia in 1945, he spent the final weeks of the war in a POW camp.
Toni

Stamford, CT

#7 Jun 7, 2012
1 Hispanic/Latino is a cultural/linguistic term not a race
2.alot of those *Puerto Ricans*you mention are Criollos/Whites who only live in Puto Reekcoo,have Puto Reekcunt nationality/passport etc
3.you are only hiding the fact that Puto Reekcunts are disgusting parasites who do not love America,do not think highly of America,offered nothing to America and they neither want statehood or independence because they know it will be a hazard to all the gibs muh dats they get
Toni

Stamford, CT

#8 Jun 7, 2012
LIer wrote:
Puerto Rico has always contributed enormously to national defense and it's islanders will continue to serve with honor. 200,000+ have served since 1898. The Puerto Rico Army National Guard is the only state national guard that regularly EXCEEDS it's recruiting quota ... here in NY my local unit, 1/69 Infantry (the famous Fighting 69th) musters companies that are platoon size.
Just last week I read a story of a Puerto Rican US Army Special Forces officer who was blinded in an attack in Iraq and his successful fight to remain on active duty avoiding a medical discharge.
oh my,i guess that explains why Puto Reekcoo has a high crime rate,isn't safe to visit and is one giant shithole.Puto Reekcoo only contributed to the parasitic competition between them & the unwanted subhuman North American bred Pavement monkey.other than that it has offered nothing of value thus your Puto Reekcunt pride day parades are a bigger joke than the Puto Reekcunt savages themselves
LIer

West Islip, NY

#9 Jun 7, 2012
Your favorite weekend is coming up ... Sunday is the big day :)
ToniSucs

Houston, TX

#10 Jun 9, 2012
Toni wrote:
<quoted text> oh my,i guess that explains why Puto Reekcoo has a high crime rate,isn't safe to visit and is one giant shithole.Puto Reekcoo only contributed to the parasitic competition between them & the unwanted subhuman North American bred Pavement monkey.other than that it has offered nothing of value thus your Puto Reekcunt pride day parades are a bigger joke than the Puto Reekcunt savages themselves
Toni, and it is spelled in the female form is so outraged and hateful against Americans whom are Puerto Ricans and cannot accept that they have contributed so much to their nation. I suspect he or her is an Hispanic who just does not get it. You can type all you feel here, but I bet you do not have the guts to say it to anyone in their face. Toni, eres un pedazo de mierda!! El Puto eres tu, porque eres un hijo/a de puta!
Toni

Bronx, NY

#11 Jul 13, 2012
lol im guessing someone has been butthurted to the point where they somewhat copied me lol
Drill Sergeant

Modesto, CA

#12 Nov 24, 2012
To Toni,
Have you ever served in the Military? I'm 3rd generation Puerto Rican other then that my family is from Spain. If anything I am more American then you will ever be. I served in Iraq and Afghanistan and currently training the Army's future Soldiers and leaders. Puerto Ricans just like every other service member have contributed to the human dream of freedom called America. If you have served then you don't have esprit of the corp which makes no difference between skin color, nationality or ethnicity. We service member regardless of all the above mentioned are a family for ever and like that we call each other Brothers and Sisters and we honor each other.

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