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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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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

Vieques

From World War II onward, for over 60 years, the U.S. Navy used the Puerto Rican island of Vieques for target practice. They exploded live ammunition, millions of pounds of ordnance, all over the island. 

They left Vieques more pockmarked than the moon.

Puerto Rico ViequesU.S. Navy training exercise in Vieques

Finally in 2003, due to world opinion and massive demonstrations, the U.S. withdrew from Vieques.

For a little more Vieques history, and some military footage, see:

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