Monday, August 15, 2011

Recognition: Long Overdue

Not all things are bitter and grim. At 85 years old, Francisco Oliveras-Padilla, who suffers from Alzheimer's has finally received what was long overdue. The U.S Army finally recognized his sacrifice and awarded him with seven medals.

Oliveras-Padilla, who served under the famed 65th Infantry Army Regiment (Borinqueneers) during the Korean War, never spoke about his service. He was a prisoner of war and carries a lifelong scar, a bullet in his right leg that left him limping. He did his job, did it well and above that. His is not the story that makes every newspaper, yet, it is the story of many Borinqueneers who served valiantly during that era. While he never spoke about his service, I am sure he carried it with him somewhere in his psyche, for such experiences are not easily forgotten.

Like so many others that are overdue recognition, Oliveras-Padilla is well deserving of his. A salute to Francisco Oliveras-Padilla and the Borinqueneers.

1 comment:

  1. As an ex-service member I am glad he was recognized I do know the value of a Medal for a service member. Although I was never in a combat situation I have very close friends that have been in various tours.

    It is sad that the purpose of the Medal is to recognize his achievements and sadly at the stage Francisco is in his life he might not even be able to enjoy the recognition.

    I guess we still have time to fight for the rights of many veterans who are denied healthcare and many other services after they decided to put their lives on the line for others.

    I am glad to see this post. Great job Efrain!