Medal of Honor to Visit Rockland County #MedalofHonor

At a White House ceremony today, 24 American soldiers ranging from World War II, Korean War and Viet-Nam, who by order of the the US Congress in 2002, were to be reviewed for consideration of the US Congressional Medal of Honor.

It was suspected that some soldiers may have been over-looked for the nation’s highest valor award due to prevailing attitudes of the day.

1239581_621700837903574_1147247221_nAmong the recipients given the award posthumously was MSG JUAN E. NEGRON, 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico for actions above and beyond the call of duty, April 28th, 1951 during the Korean War.

MSG Negron was first awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, 2nd from the Medal of Honor. However, after a full review by a panel of experts at the Defense Department, it was upgraded.

MSG Negron was cited for valor and actions “above and beyond the call of duty”, when his night patrol was ambushed and over-run by an overwhelming enemy hostile force.

MSG Negron took actions that led his men to safety and then he single handedly, engaged the enemy in the dark of night. The next morning, he was found unconscious, surrounded by 15 enemy dead, he fought hand to hand.

MSG Negron was a member of the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico, known as the “Borinqueneers”. They were an infantry combat team from Puerto Rico, who hold the distinction of conducting what became the last battalion sized bayonet charge in American military history.

A battalion of nearly 1000 men, affixed their bayonets to engage the 149th Chinese Division of nearly 10,000 soldiers. The battle waged for three days, culminating in their gallant charge, much of it hand to hand, until the enemy withdrew. The casualty rate topped nearly 70%. By all accounts, even from enemy reports, their courage was astounding.

On Friday, March 21st 2014, the daughter of MSG Juan E. Negron, accompanied by a military escort officer, Brigadier General Jose R. Burgos will be guests at a reception in their honor in Rockland County, New York.

  • WHEN: March 21st, 2014 – 6:30pm – 7pm Press Conference – Photo Opportunity
    WHERE: Comfort Inn of Nanuet, 425 Rt. 59, Nanuet, New York
  • 7pm -9pm: Cocktail Reception
  • 9pm: Music – Doo Wop Band

The public is invited to attend. Veterans, American Legionnaires and active duty military personnel are encouraged to wear their colors, caps and military decorations. Traditional protocols in the presence of the MOH is a snap to attention and crisp salute.

The Rockland County Hispanic Officer’s Society contributed to the event; “We voted unanimously to support and welcome this delegation to Rockland County. It is a proud moment for all of us.” ~ Enrique Pabon, President

Barry Fixler, local businessman and author of “Semper Cool”, will be on hand to autograph his book and donate 100% of the proceeds to the event. He said: “I am so proud and thankful to be part of this welcoming committee, I urge everyone to join us.” ~Barry Fixler

NYS Senator Bill Larkin, a Korean War veteran who knew of the famed regiment in their own time said:

“My pride soars to know that one of the Borinqueneers has finally been recognized after 67 years. I will be there to salute them.” ~Senator Bill Larkin

Ruben Estrada, Deputy Director, 65th Infantry Honor Task Force explained the NYS Senate Chambers will pause to cite a resolution sponsored by Senator Larkin and co-sponsored by Senator David Carlucci in recognition of this high honor.

Senator Carlucci said:

“Tony Mele, who is Chairman of the 65th Infantry Honor Task Force is from my district.  His great grand-father Leoncio Beauchamp, was one of the Regiment’s founding members in WWI.   I am proud to support the 65th Infantry Honor Task Force and co-sponsor this resolution memorializing MSG Juan E. Negron’s astounding valor today. I urge all my colleagues to sign on to this Resolution.”~Senator Calucci

Despite some of the purported injustices directed at soldiers from the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico, their combat record is quite impressive, 8 Distinguished Service Crosses, 128 Silver Stars, thousands of Bronze Star medals and several thousands of Purple Hearts.

1 Oct 2013, The 3rd U.S. Infantry {The Old Guard} is the Presidential Honor Guard, credited with conducting the first battalion sized bayonet charge in US military history, performed a re-enactment of their famous charge in an exclusive performance for veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment. One wheel – chair bound veteran rose to his feet at the sight. He was heard to say; “magnifico”.

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About Anthony Mele

Tony Melé, MA, Diplomacy, International Conflict Management, BS, International Relations and Counterterrorism, is a Federal Firearms Licensee, New York Gun Dealer, and is a Defense Trade Broker licensed by the US Department of State, Office for Political-Military Affairs for International Traffic and Arms Regulations. He is U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Melé is a Knight Templar, The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem - Priory of St. Patrick. **DISCLAIMER: The Opinions published on the ROCKLAND VOICE are that of each author and in no way represent the the views or perspectives of the SMOTJ / OSMTH**

About the Author
Tony Melé, MA, Diplomacy, International Conflict Management, BS, International Relations and Counterterrorism, is a Federal Firearms Licensee, New York Gun Dealer, and is a Defense Trade Broker licensed by the US Department of State, Office for Political-Military Affairs for International Traffic and Arms Regulations. He is U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Melé is a Knight Templar, The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem - Priory of St. Patrick. **DISCLAIMER: The Opinions published on the ROCKLAND VOICE are that of each author and in no way represent the the views or perspectives of the SMOTJ / OSMTH**