Remembering Dominican Veterans of WWII

Councilman Fernando Cabrera (right) with Congressman Adriano Espaillat at the unveiling of a WWII tribute for Dominican-born soldiers on the Bronx Community College campus.
(Photo courtesy Office of Councilman Fernando Cabrera via Norwood News)

A new monument to Dominican veterans of World War II was unveiled on the Bronx Community College campus in the University Heights section of the borough on Nov. 2, with City Council member Fernando Cabrera, Rep. Adriano Espaillat and others in attendance, reports Joseph Konig in Norwood News. Cabrera helped secure funding for the monument.

“More than 300 Dominican men and women risked and sacrificed their lives for the United States during World War II,” Cabrera, who is part Dominican, said. “These soldiers have been largely left out of U.S. history and I believed their rightful and public recognition was long past due.”

The monument includes the names of 351 veterans of Dominican descent. One veteran was a Tuskegee Airman. Others were awarded bronze and silver stars for their heroism. The veterans were identified by “Dominicans in New York,” a program started by BCC and the Dominican Studies Institute.

Go to Norwood News to read what the granddaughter of one of the Dominicans who served during World War II had to say.


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