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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

Operation Portrex

A few months before the Korean War, the U.S. staged the largest war games in American history.
Known as “Operation Portrex,” it sent 32,000 soldiers of the 82nd U.S. Airborne to invade the island of Vieques, which was defended by the 65th Infantry Division of Puerto Rico, also known as the “Borinqueneers,” who had only 4,000 soldiers.

The 82nd invades Vieques

Despite these 8:1 odds, and despite a coordinated land-air-sea assault, the Borinqueneers held the island.
You can view a newsreel about Operation Portrex here:

The newsreel has one fundamental inaccuracy. It claims that the 82nd succeeded in their assault. In fact, they failed. The historical record is clear and unambiguous about this.
But taxpayers need to be reassured.

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  1. Paris Barclay says:

    I am FEELING this blog. Keep it coming.

  2. Josefina Rosario says:

    Esta historia es muy informativa. Gracias.

  3. Elena Rivera says:

    I enjoy this history along with the JUAN BOBO stories.

  4. Wayne Coffelt says:

    It’s funny how during Operation Portrex, the Puerto Rican soldiers who protected the island were called “the aggressors,” and the invading U.S. troops were called “the liberators.”

    Straight out of a CIA disinformation manual, replicated all over the world, I’m sure.

  5. Ed Vega says:

    I never heard of Operation Portrex ! I’m not surprised the Puerto Rican soldiers held their island. After all, it was their island.

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