Modesto Cartagena, a winner of the Distinguished Service Cross for “Extraordinary heroism” in the Korean War, passed away at his home in Puerto Rico:
The Puerto Rican soldiers surmounted not only the communist enemy but also prejudicial attitudes.
According to the Denver Post, Brig. Gen. William Harris, the regiment’s commander during the early stages of the Korean War, wrote after the war that he was reluctant to take the post because the Puerto Rican troops were disparaged in the military as a “rum and Coca-Cola outfit.” But, he continued, he came to view them as “the best damn soldiers in that war.”
(HT to reader)