By Courtesy Story
At the moment of receiving the medal, Latorre was accompanied by his son Alfredo and his daughter Rosa.
"I am very proud right now and eternally grateful for this recognition to my father. It is important that they receive the recognition they deserve," said his son Alfredo.
As part of his service, Latorre also has the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
The 65th is the first Hispanic unit and the sole unit from the Korean War to receive the Congressional Gold Medal and the regiment is also credited with the last battalion-sized bayonet assault in Army history.
Even though the Borinqueneers were presented the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in 2016, some members of the 65th Infantry Regiment did not received it at that time.
"This is something that my dad will never forget. He wanted to receive the medal, and now he has it. Thank you very much for making this dream a reality," added his daughter Rosa.
Approximately 61,000 U.S. Soldiers from Puerto Rico served in the Korean War.