Softball Team honors Latino regiment

By Aurelio Moreno, Sun-Sentinel

Like their namesake, the “Borinqueneers” of Palm Beach County are veterans who honor the legacy of the somewhat forgotten 65th Infantry Regiment from Puerto Rico, created in 1899 and deployed during the Korean conflict.

The 65th Infantry, the largest and only active-duty segregated Latino military unit in American history, got its nickname from the Taino Indian word for Puerto Rico, “Borinquen.” In Korea, they gained a reputation as fierce fighters.

The Palm Beach Borinqueneers are also combative. Armed with bats and gloves they face the enemy a couple of times a week — other middle-aged veterans who play in a seniors softball league at Seminole Park in Royal Palm Beach.

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[Photo by tinatruelove]

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