On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., will honor a U.S. Army soldier killed in the final moments of the Korean War.
Pose will present a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal Award to Bobby Simmons, a Korean War vet and the brother of Pvt. Irvin Simmons who served in the U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment better known as the Borinqueneers and was killed at the end of the war.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Disabled American Veterans Post #109 in Titusville.
“It is a great privilege to recognize the service and sacrifice of PVT Irvin Simmons by presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to the Simmons family,” said Posey on Monday. “Every time we present a Congressional Gold Medal Award we honor the bravery of the 65th Infantry Regiment and keep the memory and example of this legendary fighting force alive in our hearts and minds.”
The ceremony has been arranged by the Boriqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony National Committee which was organized to ensure veterans receive proper recognition.
The 65th Infantry, which mostly consisted of Puerto Ricans, was one of the most decorated units in the Korean War and its members were praised by Gen. Douglas MacArthur for their “brilliant record of heroism in battle.”
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