01/19/2013 10:37 am ET

Puerto Rican Veterans Seek Recognition By The U.S. Government

In April of 1951, Modesto Cartagena and the rest of the U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment were part of military’s effort in the infamous Uijonbu Corridor near Yonch'on, North Korea when two enemy emplacements opened fire on Hill 206.

"With no regard for his own safety," as the official record states, Cartagena single-handedly left his position, charged directly in enemy fire and took out the two Chinese emplacements. An enemy grenade knocked him to the ground, but Cartagena rose to his feet and continued fighting.

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