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Rubio Urges President Obama To Expedite Congressional Gold Medal For The Borinqueneers

Feb 24, 2015 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged President Obama to expedite the printing and engraving of the Congressional Gold Medal for the Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as “the Borinqueneers.”

Given the age of many Borinqueneers, Rubio wrote a letter to President Obama calling on him to ensure that each member of the 65th Infantry Regiment receive their Congressional Gold Medal immediately. Four Borinqueneers from Florida have passed away since the President signed a bill into law awarding them with a Congressional Gold Medal in June 2014.

“The Borinqueneers fought hard for our nation and, given their age, many of them are concerned they will never see the Congressional Gold Medal. In fact, four Borinqueneers from Florida have passed away since June 10, 2014, when you signed the legislation honoring all Borinqueneers into law,” Rubio wrote. “Therefore, I respectfully ask for your assistance in expediting the printing and engraving of the Congressional Gold Medal to honor the most deserving men of the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers.”

“The men who composed this unit served through World War I, World War II and the Korean War. In fact, the unit boasts 10 Distinguished Service Crosses, over 250 Silver Stars, more than 600 Bronze Stars and nearly 3,000 Purple Hearts,” added Rubio. “They have served our country courageously and with distinction, and now we must ensure that they all receive their Congressional Gold Medal immediately.”

A PDF of the letter is available here, and the full text is below:

February 24, 2015

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:

I write to you today asking for your assistance in expediting the Congressional Gold Medal for the Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as “the Borinqueneers.”

The Borinqueneers fought hard for our nation and, given their age, many of them are concerned they will never see the Congressional Gold Medal. In fact, four Borinqueneers from Florida have passed away since June 10, 2014, when you signed the legislation honoring all Borinqueneers into law. Therefore, I respectfully ask for your assistance in expediting the printing and engraving of the Congressional Gold Medal to honor the most deserving men of the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers.

I first became aware of the Borinqueneers during my service in the Florida House of Representatives. Hearing their heroic stories and the discrimination that the unit faced, I was moved to honor the Borinqueneers with legislation in the legislature recognizing their service. When I came to Washington, it was my honor to cosponsor the Borinqueneers’ Congressional Gold Medal legislation that was eventually signed into law.

The men who composed this unit served through World War I, World War II and the Korean War. In fact, the unit boasts 10 Distinguished Service Crosses, over 250 Silver Stars, more than 600 Bronze Stars and nearly 3,000 Purple Hearts. They have served our country courageously and with distinction, and now we must ensure that they all receive their Congressional Gold Medal immediately.

Sincerely,

Marco Rubio
United States Senator