Oral history interview of Mr. Rafael Donis-Lizardi. Interview conducted by Andrew Ortiz at the veteran’s home in Kissimmee, Florida on April 19, 2017.
0:40 Biographical information; 1:40 Childhood in Puerto Rico; 2:10 Family in the Military; 2:36 Education before military; 2:52 Thoughts on Korean War at the time; 3:15 Being drafted from college; 4:15 Basic Training; 5:35 Graduation from Basic Training; 6:02 Reactions upon arrival in Korea; 6:25 Assignment with 65th Infantry in Korea; 6:50 Average day with personnel; 7:45 Reactions to China joining the war; 8:08 Operations in Korea; 9:02 Reactions to command being turned over to Col. DeGavre; 9:58 Medals earned in Korea; 10:52 National Guard Commendation Medal; 11:10 Assignment after Korea; 11:52 Reserves; 12:12 Assignment with National Guard; 13:00 Duty as Chief Warrant Officer; 13:20 Average day as Warrant Officer; 13:54 Length of Time with National Guard; 15:00 Last day in National Guard; 15:25 Readjustment to civilian life; 15:40 Plans after military service, college; 16:05 Congressional Gold Medal; 17:00 Reactions to Gold Medal; 17:25 Closing thoughts; 17:58 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Company L; 65th Infantry Regiment; Active and National Guard
Location of Service
Chief Warrant Officer 2; CW2
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Congressional Gold Medal; Governor's Veterans Service Award; Puerto Rico National Guard Commendation Medal
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Also received Commendation Letter and Certificate of Merit. "I am a puertorican that served in Korea with the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers. We paid the citizenship with blood, I do not feel like a hero, I just did what it was need it to be done. And I thank God and the prayers of my mother, I was able to returned; and because of my brothers in Christ that were not able to make it. Now I am a soldier of Christ praying and spreading the good news of salvation. God bless America." - The veteran. He was awarded Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze stars. Also received Commendation Letter from 65th Infantry Regiment, Certificate of Merit from 92 Infantry Brigade PRANG.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Donis-Lizardi, Rafael; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Donis-Lizardi, Rafael interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 532.