During the May 21, 2013 session the New York State Senate unanimously passed a resolution honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico for their gallantry on the battlefields of Korea.
Senator Bill Larkin noted, “The 65th Infantry Regiment conducted the last battalion sized bayonet charge in US History, where a battalion fought an entire Chinese Division. As a Korean War veteran myself, I am proud to sponsor this resolution.”
Advocates who worked toward the resolution included Rockland County’s Anthony Mele, Orange County’s Ruben Estrada and Ms. Evelyn Reyes, each members of the 65th Honor Task Force. Among other sponsors who rose up in support were Senator Delan and Senator Diaz.
“The 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico has been recommended for the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal, introduced to the House of Represenatives by delegate Pier Luisi. We respectfully request all of our New York Senators and Congressmen to vote for HR 1726,” said Anthony Mele, chairman, 65th Infantry Honor Task Force.
The NYS Senate also passed a legislative resolution in support of a commemorative US Postage Stamp on behalf of the soldiers from the Borinqueneers 65th Infrantry Regiment- an all Puerto Rican unit. Ruben Estrada, national co-chairman of the Borinqueneers Stamp Committee effectuated such passage.