Fort McCoy News October 10, 2014

Observances: POW/MIA, Hispanic Heritage

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POW/MIA remembrance

Staff Sgt. David G. Moseley, human resources sergeant at the 338th Training Support Battalion, 181st Infantry Brigade at Fort McCoy, provides remarks during a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day ceremony at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The program included the introduction of three former prisoners of war who attended the program, the annual tribute to Wisconsin natives still missing in action and former prisoners of war, as well as a candle-lighting ceremony in honor of those service members.

Photo by Scott Farley

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Observing Hispanic Heritage

Noemi Figueroa Soulet, producer, director, and writer, introduces her film, "The Borinqueneers," during the Sept. 25 Fort McCoy observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The award-winning film documents the story of Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in the history of the U.S. Army.
The 65th was formed in 1899 and served in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Soulet said the 65th was the "Pride of Puerto Rico" and really proved itself as a military unit during the Korean War.

The film includes rare, archival materials and interviews with veterans, commanding officers of the 65th and military historians.

Soulet said she produced the film because the story of the 65th was one that needed to be told, and she felt it was her duty to "immortalize the experiences on film for history's sake and to honor them (Soldiers of the 65th)."

For more information about the film, visit the website www.borinqueneers.com.

The film also airs on Fort McCoy's TV6 through Oct.17. Consult the Public Affairs Office SharePoint site or TV6 for show times.

Photo by Geneve N. Mankel