La Genealogía
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Puerto Rico

(The Genealogy of Puerto Rico)

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Hispanic Purple Heart Recipients


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The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded in action against an enemy. It may also be awarded for maltreatment endured while a prisoner of war.  The Purple Heart is the oldest United States decoration for military merit.  Originally known as the badge for military merit, it was originally established by George Washington in 1792.
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Name Born Birth Place Branch Note
Aguilar, John G. 10/06/1927 Watts, CA U.S. Army Received the Bronze Star, Commendation 
Ribbon with Pendant and Purple Heart.
Arce Ayala, Thomas   Corozal, Puerto Rico U.S. Army Served with the U.S. Army's 14th Armored 
Batallion during World War II in the 
Ardennes, Normandy, Northern France and 
the Rhineland. Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Carreras, Benigno   Honolulu, HI U.S. Army Army veteran of the Korean War. 
Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Cintron Medina, Juan 04/09/1946 Yabucoa, Puerto Rico U.S. Army Awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, 
Army Comendation, Cross of Gallantry, 
Vietnam Honor Medal and the Presidential 
Unit Citation, for Heroic actions on Dec. 1966 
in the Republic of Vietnam. Served with the 
1st Cav. Div. (Airmobile) Co. C 8 Combat Eng. 
Cuellar, Santiago 01/01/1912 Laredo, TX U.S. Army Enlisted in the United States Army in 1940 
and served with the 2nd Division in WWII. 
He was awarded the Purple Heart during 
combat in France and retired from Kelly AFB
in 1977 after 30 years of service.
Martinez, Gabriel R.   Spelter, WV U.S. Army World War II veteran, served in the Army 
from 1943 and was honorably separated in 
1946 with the rank of captain. During the 
war, Martinez was a combat infantry officer 
in the European Theater and saw action 
in Northern France, the Rhineland, the 
Ardennes and Central Europe. Martinez 
was awarded the Distinguished Service 
Cross, two Silver Stars, three Purple Hearts 
and the WWII Victory Medal.
Martinez, James Anthony 06/14/1940 Los Angeles, CA U.S. Army Served in the Army's 182nd Airborne 
Special Forces and received the Purple 
Heart for being wounded in Southeast Asia.
Pagan Rivera, Jose E.   Fajardo, Puerto Rico U.S. Army Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving 
in Vietnam. Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Rodriguez Valentin, Pablo M.   Fajardo, Puerto Rico U.S. Army Served in the Army during the Vietnam 
War and was awarded the Purple Heart 
after being wounded in action. 
Romero, Genaro 08/26/1920 Arizona U.S. Army Veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II, 
Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Tapia, Henry 03/05/1920   U.S. Army Served in the U.S. Army during World War II 
being awared four Bronze Stars ant the Purple Heart. 
Retired from Kelly A.F.B.
Trujillo, Richard D.   Clayton, NM   Vietnam veteran. Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Veles Garcia, Richard 02/07/1922 Honolulu, HI U.S. Army Served in the U.S. Army Infantry. Korean War 
veteran. Missing in action, near Sodochon, Korea;
body never recovered. Recipient of the Purple Heart.
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