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Puerto Rican Military USA History

Posted March 28th, 2018 at 11:33 AM by Radrook

This is to dispel some very popular albeit erroneous notions concerining the status of Puerto Ricans and the role that they have played in the USA military.


First, Puerto Ricans are not naturalized immigrants. They are born USA citizens ever since 1917. Also, unknown to everyone and kept hush hush, is the fact that Puerto Ricans helped the United States gain independence from Great Britain by fighting under the command of General Galvez. [The city of Galveston is named after him]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernardo_de_Gálvez


Puerto Ricans can vote for the USA president when they live here on the USA mainland but not if they are living over there. However, if there is a war then the draft can and has been used to fill the ranks with Puerto Rican Soldiers.

Puerto Rico has participated in all the wars which the USA has waged ever since the island was annexed. That would be WWI WWII Korean War. Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and all other military engagements that Washington might deem necessary.


Here is some more info:

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[Puerto Ricans Represented Throughout U.S. Military History
By Shannon Collins DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2016 —
As citizens of the United States, Puerto Ricans have participated in every major United States military engagement from World War I onward, with the soldiers of Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment distinguishing themselves in combat during the Korean War.

While under Spanish rule, Puerto Rico fought alongside the American colonists in the Revolutionary War. Bernardo de Galvez, the governor of Louisiana in 1779, was named general of the Spanish colonial army and led his troop -- consisting primarily of Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics -- to capture the cities of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida; and St. Louis, Missouri, from the British.

Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the U.S. under the 1898 Treaty of Paris, and Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory. The Army National Guard formed the Porto Rico Regiment on the island, and on March 2, 1917, thanks to the Jones-Shafroth Act, Puerto Ricans were given U.S. citizenship by birth, though they aren’t allowed to vote for the U.S. president and they receive only 70 percent of Social Security pensions.

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Ar ... y-history/

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The United States Department of Defense has estimated that approximately 61,000 Puerto Ricans served in the military during the Korean War, most of them volunteers.[1] A total of 122 Puerto Rican soldiers were among the 8,200 people listed as missing in action (MIA). This total does not include people of Puerto Rican descent who were born in the mainland of the United States.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_P ... Korean_War

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Commencing with World War I, Puerto Ricans and people of Puerto Rican descent have participated as members of the United States Armed Forces in every conflict in which the United States has been involved. Accordingly, thousands of Puerto Ricans served in the Armed Forces of the United States during the Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War. Hundreds of them died, either killed in action (KIA)or while prisoners of war (POW).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Ri ... ietnam_War
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