Juan Bobo History Lesson: Operation Portrex

Posted: June 14, 2013 in Recent Posts
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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. Eliezer Rodriguez. says:

    My father was a Borinqueneer. I am very proud of him.

  2. Joe Sanchez says:

    Had Operation Portex been a real invasion of Vieques, there is no doubt the US would have been victorious. But it would have been a Pyrrhic victory going up against the Borinqueneers.

  3. Charles Valentine says:

    The Borinqueneers were very brave.

  4. Eva Munoz says:

    The Borinqueneers were a fine brave unit. They were unfairly maligned for their sacrifice and bravery during the Korean War. In fact, Pres. Truman made sure they were sent to the FRONT LINES, in retribution for the Blair House Nationalist attack in November 1950.

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