In 1955 …. I was 5 years old! IF I’d only known before!!
For seven decades, July 4 was an enormous show of force in Puerto Rico. The U.S. government used it as military and political theater…flexing its muscles for the entire world.
Three infantry battalions, a tank company, a bombardment squadron, three aerial fighter squadrons, the 504th Field Artillery Battalion, and the 18th Mechanized Cavalry Squadron all marched down Calle Fortaleza to show everyone – especially the Soviet Union – who was boss in the Caribbean.
Here is a photo from July 4, 1955:
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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