BALTIMORE (AP) — A 96-year-old Korean War veteran is being recognized as Maryland’s last living member of a segregated, Spanish-speaking U.S. Army unit nicknamed the Borinqueneers.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski is among those paying tribute Monday in Baltimore to Leonardo Martinez of Odenton.

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The Maryland Democrat co-sponsored a resolution awarding the unit a Congressional Gold Medal. The measure passed both houses of Congress and is awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature.

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Martinez received the Purple Heart for his service with the 65th Infantry Regiment. The unit was composed mainly of Puerto Rican soldiers from World War I through the Korean War.

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