My Father Enlisted in the US Army in 1918. After returning from World War I, were he fought as an Infantryman, he joined the 65 th Infantry Regiment.
He excelled in his military duties, especially rifle marksmanship. He participated in numerous Regimental matches and competitions. In 1930, the Second Central American and Caribbean Games were to be held in Cuba. Puerto Rico was not invited to the First Games. With the encouragement and invitation of Mr. Harry Guggenheim US Ambassador in Cuba , the Governor of Puerto Rico, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. started to organize a team of competitors. The events in which they were to participate were limited, track and field and tennis. It occurred to the Governor to additionally send a Rifle Marksmanship Team from the 65 th Infantry Regiment. These Games were the First International Olympic Level games in which Puerto Rico was to participate.
Puerto Rico send a total of twelve athletes
Earned three Silver Medals
In chronological order the medals are:
Rifle Marksmanship - March 27, 1930
Pole vaulting - April 2, 1930
200 Meter Dash - April 3, 1930
Immediately, after the end of the competition . My father is the third from the left, next to the civilian
The Competition After earning the Silver Medal, the 65 th Infantry Team celebrates, my father is the soldier in the far right, with the campaign hat over his right thigh.
Chronologically is the First Olympic Medal earned by a Puerto Rican athlete in history
The medal earned for 200 meter dash is in display in Puerto Rico at the Albergue Olimpico in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
The Athlete was Eugenio (Geño) Guerra
Those were the only Olympic games in which my father participated
He continued to be and excellent Marksman
He competed in other Regimental and U S Army Matches
Excellence in Marksmanship Awarded the Excellence in Rifle Marksmanship Badge by MG Blanton Winship, Ret, Governor of Puerto Rico. Ceremonies held at Patio Ballaja Fort Brooke, Puerto Rico, March 1936.
During World II
First Sergeant , Company D, 1 st Battalion 65 th Infantry