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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Men of the 65th: The Borinqueneers of the Korean War by Talia Aikens-Nuñez - Book Tour - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Talia Aikens-Nuñez and her new book, “Men of the 65th: The Borinqueneers of the Korean War,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

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Men of the 65th:

The Borinqueneers of the Korean War

by Talia Aikens-Nuñez


GENRE:   YA Nonfiction



Honor and Fidelity. That is the motto of the 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Borinqueneers, the only Puerto Rican unit in the United States Army.

Since the regiment’s creation in 1899, the men of the 65th have proudly served the US through multiple wars, despite facing racial discrimination. Their courage, loyalty, and patriotism earned them hundreds of accolades, including the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014.

But the honor and fidelity of the men of the 65th came into question in 1952, in the midst of the Korean War, when ninety-one Borinqueneers were arrested and tried for desertion and disobeying orders. How could this happen in one of the most distinguished and decorated units of the Army?

In this telling of one of the forgotten stories of the Korean War, author Talia Aikens-Nuñez guides us through the history of the Borinqueneers and the challenges they faced leading up to what was the largest court martial in the entire war. Rediscover the bravery of the men of the 65th through Aikens-Nuñez’s thorough writing and the soldiers’ firsthand accounts of the Korean War.



“The Borinqueneers successfully defended the 1st Marine Division’s retreat, but they soon realized this was only part of a much larger withdrawal of UNC [United Nations Command] troops. As the retreat continued into mid-December, news came that the enemy buildup had accelerated. Chinese and North Korean forces were gathering and converging on Hungnam. The UNC’s worst fears were coming true: they were losing ground in the war.

They had to accelerate their plans in response to protect their troops and evacuate the Korean refugees that had fled to Hungnam. They ordered troops to board ships, division by division, and sail south to Pusan… Meanwhile, the 65th and the 3rd Infantry Divisions would hold the main line of resistance, providing enough cover for everyone to make it safely out of Hungnam…With each withdrawal, the enemy continued to push the Borinqueneers and the 3rd Infantry Division.

…They were exhausted from several days of fighting…The soldiers of the 65th were some of the last to leave Hungnam. They were hurried and squeezed tightly onto the final boats. Finally, they could rest and relax. Once they left, the military would destroy the port so the enemy could not use the equipment and facilities against them.

…After they loaded onto the final ship and set sail, the dynamite detonated. The soldiers looked back and watched the port explode…everything – erupted in smoke and flame.

~ Pages 65 – 67



Talia Aikens-Nuñez writes chapter books, picture books, and nonfiction for children. Her daughter inspired her to write her OMG Series of books about an accidental little witch. She and her husband live on a river in Connecticut with their daughter and son.









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  1. How many hours a day do you write?

    1. It depends. If I’m writing fiction, I have to write every week. I would love to write every day but I have active kids. When I am working on a nonfiction project, I spend as much time researching as I do writing.

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    1. It was the birth of my kids. I could not find enough multicultural material for my kids so I wrote it. And, I could not find a book about the Borinqueneers so I wrote one.

  3. I enjoyed this excerpt, thanks for sharing!

  4. This sounds like a good book and I really like the cover.

  5. Discover the inspiring story of the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers, who fought for honor and fidelity despite facing racial discrimination. Explore their courage, loyalty, and patriotism in this captivating journey through history.

  6. This sounds like an interesting story.