Route 51, November 9, 2017

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Heard On Route 51
Glen Moberg, Noemi Figueroa Soulet, Rick Reyer, César Antonio Pabón-Péres, and Colin Hansen. Jana Rose Schleis/WPR

Thursday, November 9 at 10 am, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Route 51 discusses the unique history and experiences of the only Hispanic segregated unit in U.S. Army history, the 65th Infantry Regiment, affectionately named The Borinqueneers. Host Glen Moberg will have a conversation with Sergeant Major Victor Lopez Nieves and César Antonio Pabón-Péres, who fought with the regiment during the Korean War. Moberg will ask Nieves and Pabón-Péres about their actions during the war and the discrimination they faced despite volunteering to defend the U.S. The soldiers of the 65th are the subjects of the 2007 documentary film The Borinquneers. Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet also will share her 9-year experience gathering research and support for the film.

They are in central Wisconsin for a Veterans Day series of programs presented by the school history project A Walk in their Shoes, which is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio.

Episode Credits

  • Glen Moberg Host
  • Jana Rose Schleis Producer
  • Colin Hansen Guest
  • Noemi Figueroa Soulet Guest
  • César Antonio Pabón-Péres Guest
  • Victor Lopez Nieves Guest

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