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Puerto Rico's Fighting 65th U.S. Infantry: From San Juan to Chorwan Paperback – August 17, 2001
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The book has a few historical errors, all of them regarding Puerto Rico and its culture, and the narrative is sometimes repetitive. That is why I did not rate it as a 5 star book. But overall, it is an excellent military history narrative on one of the most decorated fighting units in the U.S. Army and the only Batallion to be transferred from the U.S. Army onto a National Guard when the time came to deactivate it. These men, along with every other war time hero, deserve our eternal thanks and our admiration for sacrificing their youth in order to preserve Freedom and Democracy.
On another note the 65th was not a battalion but a Regiment composed of serveral battalions(just a correction to a previous review).
This book gives an unfiltered look at a soldier's mind. The language is laconically military and without hints of heavy editing or ghostwriting, and its' simplicity allows for very quick reading. The autor really holds his heart in his hand for the reader: his initial prejudice at commanding a "rum and Coca-Cola" outfit, his terror during a particularly savage artillery bombardment, his "chuckling" at the fate of a North Korean unit caught inside a railroad tunnel with the 65th's engineers about to blow up the entrances. Or like when his commanding officer made expressions of disappointment at the performance of African American troops under his command in the Italian Front during WW2. The author did not gloss over, condemn, or justfy his comments. He just retold the conversation as it happened (he argued with the CO as to what color Puerto Rican troops actually were!).
He also offers interesting insights into the nature of battlefield command and tactics, like the importance of a commanding officer not being too belicose, gettting caught up in the heat of battle and losing sight of the big picture, but rather maintaining a distance from where he can get keep track of the whole battle. Or the preferrability of not encircling your opponent (thereby forcing him to dig in and fight with desperation), but rather allowing him an escape route to your advantge where they may be cut to pieces as they try to stream out.Read more ›
In this book the then Col Harris recounts his experience as commander of the 65th U.S. Infantry. He writes of the entire experience with this regiment. The reader can get a clear understanding of the author's feelings as he retells the experience as vividly as if it had happened just a few days ago. He takes the reader from 1949 when he was first assigned as commander of the 65th U.S. Infantry Regiment at Fort Brooke, Puerto Rico to the end of his commanding Chorwan, Korea 1951. He vividly describes his lack of knowledge, misconceptions as well as curiosity as to what he expected from the Puerto Rican soldiers. This book is organized as a journal and the reader feels as if Harris himself is telling you the story of how he felt back then and he then comes back and mentions how wrong he was to feel this way. This book written twenty-five years after the Korean War, is Harris' way of giving recognition and informing others of his unforgettable positive experience with the 65th Infantry Division.
One of the best lessons learned from this book is that one shouldn't judge others just by stereotypes. Col.Read more ›
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Excellent documentation and.History of Puerto Ricos brave men's participation in the the Korian War.
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I bought this book from the Ft. Buchanan Military Clothing Store many years ago. After reading it I sent it to my son in law, now an LTC in the Active Duty National Guard in CA. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Enrique V. Pujals
I really enjoyed reading this book. I bought several copies for my students so they will learn more about the 65th Infantry from PR. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Prof.Omayra Vedbraaten
Not too many young Puerto Ricans know the history of the Island 65th Infantry, it should be a required reading on the Island if they should ever move into statehood.Published on October 31, 2013 by Francisco Colon
My son had to do a book report and he chose this book because it ties us to his grandfather who served in the 65th Infantry in Puerto Rico.Published on September 9, 2013 by Betty Davila