Army; considered by many as the designer of the Puerto Rican flag; a poet and journalist; fought alongside José Martí for Cuba's independence[382] Demetrio O'Daly, first Puerto Rican to reach the rank of Field Marshal in the Spanish Army; first Puerto Rican to be awarded the Cruz Laureada de San Fernando (Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand – Spain's version of the Medal of Honor); elected as delegate to the Spanish Courts in representation of Puerto Rico[383] Luis Padial, Brigadier General, Spanish Army; in 1863, his battalion was deployed with the intention of "squashing" a pro-independence rebellion in the Dominican Republic, in which he was wounded; played an essential role in the abolishment of slavery in Puerto Rico Ramón Power y Giralt, Captain, Spanish Navy; distinguished naval officer who from 1808–1809 led the defense of the Spanish Colony of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) against an invasion from Napoleon's French forces by enforcing a blockade in support of the Spanish ground troops[384] Ángel Rivero Méndez, Captain, Spanish Army; fired the first shot against the United States in the Spanish–American War in Puerto Rico; later invented Kola Champagne, a soft drink[385] Juan Ríus Rivera, Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Liberation Army; fought in El Grito de Lares under the command of Mathias Brugman; fought in Cuba's Ten Years' War (1868–1878) against Spain under the command of General Máximo Gómez and became the General of the Cuban Liberation Army of the West upon the death of General Antonio Maceo Grajales[386] Augusto Rodríguez, Lieutenant, United States Union Army; member of the 15th Connecticut Regiment (a.k.a. Lyon Regiment); served in the defenses of Washington, D.C.; led his men in the Battles of Fredericksburg and Wyse Fork in the American Civil War[387] Manuel Rojas, Commander in Chief of the Puerto Rican Liberation Army; on September 28, 1868, he led 800 men and women in a revolt against Spanish rule and took the town of Lares in the Grito de Lares[388] José Semidei Rodríguez, Brigadier General, Cuban Liberation Army; fought in Cuba's War of Independence (1895–1898); after Cuba gained its independence he continued to serve there as a diplomat[389] Antonio Valero de Bernabé, Brigadier General in the Latin American wars of independence; fought against the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Siege of Saragossa; joined the Mexican Revolutionary Army headed by Agustín de Iturbide and was named Chief of Staff; successfully fought for Mexico's independence from Spain; fought alongside Simón Bolívar and helped liberate South America from Spanish Colonial rule; known as the "Puerto Rican Liberator"[390] 20th century Humberto Acosta-Rosario, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army; a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mechanized); 25th Infantry Division, United States Army; currently the only Puerto Rican MIA whose body has never been recovered[391] Ricardo Aponte, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force; former Director of the Innovation and Experimentation Directorate, United States Southern Command; first Puerto Rican to hold this position[392] Félix Arenas Gaspar, Captain, Spanish Army; posthumously awarded the Cruz Laureada de San Fernando (Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand – Spain's version of the Medal of Honor) for his actions in the Rif War[393] Domingo Arroyo, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps; first American serviceman to be killed in Operation Restore Hope during the Somalian Civil War[394] Joseph (José) B. Aviles, Sr., CWO2, U.S. Coast Guard; on September 28, 1925, became the first Hispanic Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard; during World War II received a wartime promotion to Chief Warrant Officer, becoming the first Hispanic to reach that level as well[395] Rafael Celestino Benítez, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy; a highly decorated submarine commander who led the rescue effort of the crew members of the USS Cochino, which was involved in the first American undersea spy mission of the Cold War[396] Carlos Betances Ramírez, Colonel, U.S. Army; first Puerto Rican to command a battalion in the Korean War; in 1952, he assumed the command of the 2nd Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment[397] José M. Cabanillas, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy; in World War II he was Executive Officer of the USS Texas (BB-35) and participated in the invasions of Africa and Normandy (D-Day)[398] Richard Carmona, Vice Admiral, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; served as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States under President George W. Bush[399] Modesto Cartagena, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army; the most decorated Hispanic soldier in history; distinguished himself in combat during the Korean War as a member of Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry and is being considered for the Medal of Honor[400] Carlos Fernando Chardón, Major General, Puerto Rico National Guard; Secretary of State of Puerto Rico 1969–73; Puerto Rico Adjutant General 1973–75[401] Felix M. Conde-Falcon, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army; received the Medal of Honor posthumously on March 18, 2014 for his courageous actions while serving as an acting Platoon Leader in Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Ap Tan Hoa, Republic of Vietnam on April 4, 1969[402] Carmen Contreras-Bozak, Tech4, U.S. Women's Army Corps; first Hispanic to serve in the U.S. Women's Army Corps; served as an interpreter and in numerous administrative positions during World War II[403] Virgilio N. Cordero, Jr., Brigadier General, U.S. Army; a Battalion Commander of the 31st Infantry Regiment who documented his experiences as a prisoner of war and his participation in the infamous Bataan Death March of World War II.[404] Juan César Cordero Dávila, Major General, U.S. Army; commanding officer of the 65th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War, thus becoming one of the highest ranking ethnic officers in the Army[405] Encarnación Correa, Sergeant, U.S. Army; the person who fired the first warning shots in World War I on behalf of the United States against a ship flying the colors of the Central Powers, when on March 21, 1915, under the orders of then-Lieutenant Teófilo Marxuach, he manned a machine gun and opened fire on the Odenwald, an armed German supply ship trying to force its way out of the San Juan Bay[406] Ruben A. Cubero, Brigadier General U.S. Air Force; of Puerto Rican descent; highly decorated member of the United States Air Force; in 1991 became the first Hispanic graduate of the United States Air Force Academy to be named Dean of the Faculty of the Academy[407] Pedro del Valle, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps; first Hispanic three-star Marine general; his military career included service in World War I, Haiti and Nicaragua during the so-called Banana Wars of the 1920s, and in the seizure of Guadalcanal and later as Commanding General of the U.S. 1st Marine Division during World War II played an instrumental role in the defeat of the Japanese forces in Okinawa[408] Carmelo Delgado Delgado, Lieutenant, Abraham Lincoln International Brigade; first Puerto Rican and one of the first U.S. citizens to fight and to die in the Spanish Civil War against General Francisco Franco and the Spanish Nationalists[409] Alberto Díaz, Jr., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy; first Hispanic to become the Director of the San Diego Naval Medical District[410] Luis R. Esteves, Major General, U.S. Army; in 1915, became the first Puerto Rican and therefore the first Hispanic to graduate from the United States Military Academy; organized the Puerto Rican National Guard[411] Salvador E. Felices, Major General, U.S. Air Force; first Puerto Rican general in the U.S. Air Force; in 1953, he flew in 19 combat missions over North Korea during the Korean War; in 1957, he participated in a historic project that was given to Fifteenth Air Force by the Strategic Air Command headquarters known as "Operation Power Flite", the first around the world non-stop flight by all-jet aircraft[412] Michelle Fraley (née Hernández), Colonel, U.S. Army; became in 1984 the first Puerto Rican woman to graduate from West Point Military Academy; former chief of staff of the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command[413][414] Rose Franco, CWO3, U.S. Marine Corps; first female Hispanic Chief Warrant Officer in the Marine Corps; in 1965 was named Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, Paul Henry Nitze by the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson[415] Edmund Ernest García, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy; during World War II he was commander of the destroyer USS Sloat (DE-245) and saw action in the invasions of Africa, Sicily, and France[416] Fernando Luis García, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps; first Puerto Rican awarded the Medal of Honor; posthumously awarded the medal for his actions against enemy aggressor forces in the Korean War on September 5, 1952.[417] Linda Garcia Cubero, Captain, U.S. Air Force; of Mexican-Puerto Rican heritage; in 1980 became the first female Hispanic graduate of any of the U.S. military academies when she graduated from the United States Air Force Academy[418] Carmen García Rosado, Private First Class, U.S. Women's Army Corps; was among the first 200 Puerto Rican women to be recruited into the WAC's during World War II; author of LAS WACS-Participacion de la Mujer Boricua en la Segunda Guerra Mundial (The WACs – The participation of the Puerto Rican women in the Second World War), the first book which documents the experiences of the first 200 Puerto Rican women to participate in said conflict as members of the armed forces of the United States[419] Mihiel Gilormini, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force; World War II hero, recipient of 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses; together with Brig. General Alberto A. Nido and Lt. Col. Jose Antonio Muñiz, founded the Puerto Rico Air National Guard; previously flew for the Royal Canadian Air Force (1941) and the Royal Air Force (1941–1942)[420] Manuel Goded Llopis, General, Spanish Army; a Puerto Rican in the Spanish Army; one of the first generales to join General Francisco Franco in the revolt against the Spanish Republican government (also known as Spanish loyalists) in the Spanish Civil War; previously distinguished himself in the Battle of Alhucemas of the Rif War[421] César Luis González, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Force; first Puerto Rican pilot in the United States Army Air Force; first Puerto Rican pilot to die in World War II.[422] Diego E. Hernández, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy; first Hispanic to be named Vice Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command; flew two combat tours in Vietnam during the Vietnam War; in 1980, took command of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)[423] Haydee Javier Kimmich, Captain, U.S. Navy; highest ranking Hispanic female in the Navy; Chief of Orthopedics at the Navy Medical Center in Bethesda and she reorganized Reservist Department of the medical center during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm[424] Orlando Llenza, Major General, U.S. Air Force; second Puerto Rican to reach the rank of Major General (two-star General) in the United States Air Force; Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard[425] Carlos Lozada, Private First Class, U.S. Army; posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 20, 1967, at Dak To in the Republic of Vietnam[426] Carmen Lozano Dumler, 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Women's Army Corps; one of the first Puerto Rican women Army officers; in 1944, she was sworn in as a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to the 161st General Hospital in San Juan[424] Antonio Maldonado, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force; in 1965, became the youngest person to pilot a B-52 aircraft; his active participation in the Vietnam War included 183 air combat missions[427] Joseph (José) R. Martínez, Private First Class, U.S. Army; destroyed a German Infantry unit and tank in Tuniz by providing heavy artillery fire, saving his platoon from being attacked in the process; received the Distinguished Service Cross from General George S. Patton, becoming the first Puerto Rican recipient of said military decoration[428] Lester Martínez López, MPH, Major General, U.S. Army; first Hispanic to head the Army Medical and Research Command[429] Gilberto José Marxuach, Colonel, U.S. Army[430] Teófilo Marxuach, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army; fired a hostile shot from a cannon located at the Santa Rosa battery of El Morro fort, in what is considered to be the first shot of World War I fired by the regular armed forces of the United States against any ship flying the colors of the Central Powers,[431] forcing the Odenwald to stop and to return to port where its supplies were confiscated[432] George E. Mayer, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy; first Hispanic Commander of the Naval Safety Center; led an international naval exercise known as Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2003 from his flagship, the USS Vella Gulf (CG-72); this was the first time in the 31-year history of BALTOPS that the exercise included combined ground troops from Russia, Poland, Denmark and the United States[433] Angel Mendez, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps; of Puerto Rican descent; was awarded the Navy Cross in Vietnam and is being considered for the Medal of Honor; saved the life of his lieutenant, Ronald D. Castille, who went on to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania[434] Enrique Méndez, Jr., Major General, U.S. Army; first Puerto Rican to assume the positions of Army Deputy Surgeon General, Commander of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs[435] Virgil R. Miller, Colonel, U.S. Army; Regimental Commander of the 442d Regimental Combat Team (RCT), a unit which was composed of "Nisei" (second generation Americans of Japanese descent), during World War II; led the 442nd in its rescue of the Lost Texas Battalion of the 36th Infantry Division, in the forests of the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France[436] José Antonio Muñiz Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force; together with then-Colonels Alberto A. Nido and Mihiel Gilormini, founded the Puerto Rico Air National Guard; in 1963, the Air National Guard Base, at the San Juan International airport in Puerto Rico, was renamed "Muñiz Air National Guard Base" in his honor[437] William A. Navas, Jr., Major General, U.S. Army; first Puerto Rican named Assistant Secretary of the Navy; a veteran of the Vietnam War; nominated in 2001 by President George W. Bush to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)[438] Juan E. Negrón, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army; received the Medal of Honor posthumously on March 18, 2014, for courageous actions while serving as a member of Company L, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kalma-Eri, Korea, on April 28, 1951[402] Héctor Andrés Negroni, Colonel, U.S. Air Force; first Puerto Rican graduate of the United States Air Force Academy; a veteran of the Vietnam War; was awarded the Aeronautical Merit Cross, Spai'ns highest Air Force peacetime award for his contributions to the successful implementation of the United States-Spain Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation[439] Alberto A. Nido, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force; a World War II war hero who together with Lt. Col. Jose Antonio Muñiz, co-founded the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and served as its commander for many years; served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the British Royal Air Force and in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II[440] Ramón Núñez-Juárez, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps; listed as Missing in Action during the Korean War and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the second highest medal after the Medal of Honor, that can be awarded by the Department of the Navy; the only Puerto Rican member of the United States Marine Corps whose remains have never been recovered and who was listed as Missing in Action during the Korean War[441] Jorge Otero Barreto, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army; with 38 decorations, which includes 3 Silver Star Medals, 5 Bronze Star Medals with Valor, 4 Army Commendation medals, 5 Purple Heart Medals and 5 Air Medals, has been called the most decorated U.S. soldier of the Vietnam War[442] Dolores Piñero, U.S. Army Medical Corps; despite the fact that she was not an active member of the military, she was the first Puerto Rican woman doctor to serve in the Army under contract during World War I; at first she was turned down, but after writing a letter to the Army Surgeon General in Washington, D.C. she was ordered to report to Camp Las Casas in Santurce, Puerto Rico; in October 1918, she signed her contract with the Army.[443] José M. Portela, Brigadier General U.S. Air Force; served in the position of Assistant Adjutant General for Air while also serving as commander of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard; in 1972, became the youngest C-141 Starlifter aircraft commander and captain at age 22; the only reservist ever to serve as director of mobility forces for Bosnia[444] Marion Frederic Ramírez de Arellano, Captain, U.S. Navy; first Hispanic submarine commander; awarded two Silver Stars and a Bronze Star for his actions against the Japanese Imperial Navy during World War II[445][446] Antonio J. Ramos, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force; first Hispanic to serve as commander, Air Force Security Assistance Center, Air Force Materiel Command, and dual-hatted as Assistant to the Commander for International Affairs, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command[447] Agustín Ramos Calero, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army; with 22 military decorations, was the most decorated soldier in all of the United States during World War II[397] Fernando L. Ribas-Dominicci, Major, U.S. Air Force; one of the pilots who participated in the Libyan air raid as member of the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing; his F-111F was shot down in action over the disputed Gulf of Sidra off the Libyan coast. Ribas-Dominicci and his weapons systems officer, Capt. Paul Lorence, were the only U.S. casualties of Operation El Dorado Canyon[448] Frederick Lois Riefkohl, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy; born Luis Federico Riefkohl Jaimieson; one of the first Puerto Ricans to graduate from the United States Naval Academy; in World War I became the first Puerto Rican to be awarded the Navy Cross[449] Rudolph W. Riefkohl, Colonel, U.S. Army; played an instrumental role in helping the people of Poland overcome the 1919 typhus epidemic[450] Demensio Rivera, Private, U.S. Army; received the Medal of Honor posthumously on March 18, 2014, for his courageous actions while serving as an automatic rifleman with 2d Platoon, Company G, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Changyong-ni, Korea on May 23, 1951[402] Manuel Rivera, Jr., Captain, U.S. Marine Corps; of Puerto Rican descent; first U.S. serviceman to die in Operation Desert Shield[451] Pedro N. Rivera, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force; in 1994, became the first Hispanic to be named medical commander in the Air Force; responsible for the provision of health care to more than 50,000 patients[452] Horacio Rivero, Admiral, U.S. Navy; in 1964, became the first Puerto Rican and second


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Hispanic Admiral (four-star) in the U.S. Navy; participated in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War; commander in 1962 of the American fleet sent by President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis to set up a quarantine (blockade) of the Soviet ships in an effort to stop the Cold War from escalating into World War III[453][454] Pedro Rodríguez, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army; member of Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry; earned two Silver Stars within a seven-day period during the Korean War[455] Antonio Rodríguez Balinas, Brigadier General, U.S. Army; first commander of the Office of the First U.S. Army Deputy Command; during the Korean War he fought with Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment and was awarded the Silver Star[456] Maria Rodriguez Denton, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy; first woman from Puerto Rico who became an officer in the United States Navy as member of the WAVES; forwarded the news (through channels) to President Harry S. Truman that the war had ended[457] Fernando E. Rodríguez Vargas, Major, U.S. Army; odontologist (dentist), scientist and a Major in the U.S. Army who in 1921 discovered the bacteria which causes dental caries[458][459] Eurípides Rubio, Captain, U.S. Army; posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Tây Ninh Province in the Republic of Vietnam on November 8, 1966[460] Jaime Sabater, Sr., Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps; commanded the 1st Battalion 9th Marines during the Bougainville amphibious operations in World War II[461] José L. Santiago, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps; the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines' first Hispanic Sergeant Major and its first Sergeant Major since its reactivation on July 13, 2007[462] Héctor Santiago-Colón, Specialist Four, U.S. Army; posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Qu?ng Tr? Province, Vietnam as member of Company B of the 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division[463] Antulio Segarra, Colonel, U.S. Army; in 1943, became the first Puerto Rican Regular Army officer to command a Regular Army Regiment when he assumed the command of Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment, which was conducting security missions in the jungles of Panama[464] Frankie Segarra, Master Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps; first Puerto Rican to reach the grade of Master Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps within his MOS[465] Rafel Toro, Private, U.S. Marine Corps; posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his "extraordinary heroism in battle"[466] while fighting in Nicaragua during the second Nicaragua campaign in 1927 Miguel A. Vera, Private, U.S. Army; was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as an automatic rifleman with Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division in Chorwon, Korea, on September 21, 1952[402] Humbert Roque Versace, Captain, U.S. Army; of Italian and Puerto Rican descent; posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions while a prisoner of war (POW) during the Vietnam War; first member of the U.S. Army to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions performed in Southeast Asia while in captivity[467] Raúl G. Villaronga, Colonel, U.S. Army; first Puerto Rican to be elected as Mayor of a Texas city (Killeen)[468] 21st century Marta Carcana, Major General, U.S. Army; in 2015, became the first woman to be named Adjutant General of the Puerto Rican National Guard[469] Iván Castro, Captain, U.S. Army; of Puerto Rican descent; one of three blind active-duty officers who serves in the US Army; the only blind officer serving in the United States Army Special Forces[470] Hilda I. Ortiz Clayton, Specialist, U.S. Army , was a combat photographer killed in 2013 when a mortar exploded during an Afghan training exercise; she was able to photograph the explosion that killed her and four Afghan soldiers. The 55th Signal Company named their annual competitive award for combat camera work "The Spc. Hilda I. Clayton Best Combat Camera (COMCAM) Competition" in her honor.[471][472] Ramón Colón-López, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, U.S. Air Force; a pararescueman; on June 13, 2007, was the first and only Hispanic among the first six airmen to be awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal; Commandant of the Pararescue and Combat Rescue Officer School[473] Olga E. Custodio, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force; first female Hispanic U.S. military pilot; first Latina to complete U.S. Air Force military pilot training; after retiring, became the first Latina commercial airline captain[474] Emilio Díaz Colón, Major General, U.S. Army; PRNG; first Superintendent of the Puerto Rican Police; served as the Adjutant General of the Puerto Rican National Guard[475][476] Hila Levy, Captain, U.S. Air Force; in 2007, became the first Puerto Rican Rhodes scholar[477][478] Rafael O'Ferrall, Brigadier General, U.S. Army; first Hispanic and person of Puerto Rican descent to become the Deputy Commanding General for the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo, Cuba while simultaneously serving as Assistant Adjutant General (Army) and Deputy Commanding General of the Joint Force Headquarters at San Juan, Puerto Rico[479] María Inés Ortiz, Captain, U.S. Army; of Puerto Rican descent; first United States Army nurse to die in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first to die in combat since the Vietnam War[480] Evelio Otero, Jr., Colonel. U.S. Air Force; led the establishment of the first ever U.S. Central Command Headquarters in Qatar; founded the Polish and Colombian Joint Special Operations Commands while assigned to United States Special Operations Command[481] Hector E. Pagan, Brigadier General, U.S. Army; first Hispanic of Puerto Rican descent to become Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina[482] Lizbeth Robles, U.S. Army; in 2005, was the first female soldier born in Puerto Rico to die in combat as an active soldier during Operation Iraqi Freedom[483] Maritza Sáenz Ryan, Colonel, U.S. Army; of Puerto Ricana and Spanish descent; head of the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy; first woman and first Hispanic (Puerto Rican and Spanish heritage) West Point graduate to serve as an academic department head; the most senior ranking Hispanic Judge Advocate[484][485] Marc H. Sasseville, Major General, U.S. Air Force; Puerto Rican mother; on September 11, 2001,[486] was acting operations group commander under the 113th Wing of the DC Air National Guard; one of four fighter pilots commissioned with finding and destroying United Flight 93 by any means necessary, including ramming the aircraft in midair[487] Frances M. Vega, SPC, U.S. Army; on November 2, 2003, became the first female soldier of Puerto Rican descent to die in a combat zone during Operation Iraqi Freedom[488] Noel Zamot, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, a native of Rio Piedras, was the first Hispanic Commandant of the Air Force's elite Test Pilot School. He is also a former combat and test aviator with over 1900 hours in B-52, B-1B, B-2A, F-16D and over 20 other aircraft.[489][490] Irene M. Zoppi, Brigadier General, U.S. Army; first Puerto Rican woman to reach the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army; Deputy Commanding General – Support under the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade, Maryland; Bronze Star Medal recipient[491][492] Physicians, scientists and inventors Agustin Stahl Fermín Tangüis Joseph Acaba Antonia Novello – Surgeon General of the United States Joxel García – Assistant Secretary of Health for President George W. Bush Olga D. González-Sanabria – member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame Joseph M. Acaba, scientist, educator, first Puerto Rican astronaut José Ramón Alcalá, anatomist; appointed assistant professor in 1972 in the Wayne School of Medicine; expert on cell makeup of the human eye lens; developed laboratory methods to study the histology of ocular tissue, which ultimately helped explain the development of cataracts, among other maladies of the eye[50][493] Carlos Albizu Miranda, psychologist; first Hispanic educator to have a North American university renamed in his honor; one of the first Hispanics to earn a PhD in psychology in the U.S.[302] Ricardo Alegría, anthropologist, archaeologist and educator; "father of modern Puerto Rican archaeology" Jorge N. Amely Vélez, electrical engineer and inventor; holds various patents in the field of medical technology[494] Bailey K. Ashford, author, physician, soldier, and parasitologist; Colonel in the U.S. Army, arrived in Puerto Rico during the Spanish–American War and made the island his home; organized and conducted a parasite treatment campaign which cured approximately 300,000 people (one-third of the Puerto Rico population) and reduced the death rate from this anemia by 90 percent[495] Pedro Beauchamp, surgeon; first Puerto Rican specialist certified by the American Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Board; performed the first in vitro fertilization technique on the island in 1985[496] Víctor Manuel Blanco, astronomer; in 1959, discovered a "Blanco 1", a galactic cluster;[497] second Director of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, which has the largest 4-m telescope in the Southern Hemisphere;[498] in 1995, the telescope was dedicated in his honor as the "Víctor M. Blanco Telescope", also known as the "Blanco 4m"[499] Rafael L. Bras, former chair of Civil Engineering at MIT; leading expert on hydrometeorology and global warming[500] Anthony M. Busquets, electronic engineer, aerospace technologist; involved in the development and application of multifunction control/display switch technology in 1983 and development and application of a microprocessor-based I/O system for simulator use in 1984[501] Carlos E. Chardón, a.k.a. the "father of mycology in Puerto Rico"; first Puerto Rican mycologist; discovered the aphid "Aphis maidis", the vector of the mosaic of sugar cane, in 1922; author of the Chardón Plan; first Puerto Rican to hold the position of Chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico[502] Nitza Margarita Cintron, scientist; Chief of NASA's (JSC) Space and Health Care Systems Office Pablo Clemente-Colon, first Puerto Rican Chief Scientist of the National Ice Center (2005–present) Antonia Coello Novello, physician; first Hispanic and first woman U.S. Surgeon General (1990–93) Martín Corchado (born 1839), physician, medical researcher, and president of the Autonomist Party of Puerto Rico[503] José F. Cordero, pediatrician; founding director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC[504] Milagros J. Cordero, pediatrician; founder and President of Team Therapy Services For Children María Cordero Hardy, physiologist, educator and scientist; did important research on vitamin E[505] Juan R. Correa-Pérez, scientist; first clinical andrologist and embryologist in Puerto Rico Juan R. Cruz, NASA scientist, played an instrumental role in the design and development of the Mars Exploration Rover parachute[506] Carlos Del Castillo, NASA scientist; Program Scientist for the Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program at NASA; recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers award, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers[507] Manuel de la Pila Iglesias, multi-faceted physician; introduced the first EKG and X-ray machines into Puerto Rico; founded a medical clinic which today houses a respected medical center in Ponce[508] Alfonso Eaton, mechanical engineer, aerospace technologist; first Puerto Rican to work for NASA[509] Enectalí Figueroa-Feliciano, astronaut applicant and astrophysicist with NASA; pioneered the development of position-sensitive detectors Orlando Figueroa, mechanical engineer at NASA; former Director for Mars Exploration and the Director for the Solar System Division in the Office of Space Science; now Director, Applied Engineering & Technology at the NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center; as Director of Engineering he manages the full scope of engineering activities at Goddard[510] Adolfo Figueroa-Viñas, first Puerto Rican astrophysicist at NASA working in solar plasma physics; senior research scientist; involved in many NASA missions such as Wind, SOHO, Cluster and MMS projects[511] José N. Gándara, lead physician attending to the wounded of the Ponce Massacre and later an expert witness at the trials of the "Nacionalistas" as well as before the Hays Commission; held numerous government positions, including Secretary of Health of Puerto Rico; co-founded the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico[512][513] Joxel García, first Puerto Rican Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps[514] Mario García Palmieri, cardiologist; first Hispanic to be designated a "Master" by the American College of Cardiology[515] Sixto González, scientist; first Puerto Rican Director of the Arecibo Observatory, with the world's largest single dish radio telescope[516] Rosa A. González, registered nurse; founded the Association of Registered Nurses of Puerto Rico; wrote various books related to her field in which she denounced the discrimination against women and nurses in Puerto Rico[clarification needed][517] Isaac González Martínez, urologist; first Puerto Rican urologist; pioneer in the fight against cancer in the island[518] Olga D. González-Sanabria, NASA engineer; highest ranking Hispanic at NASA Glenn Research Center; member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame[519] Amri Hernández-Pellerano, NASA engineer; designs, builds and tests the electronics that regulate the solar array power at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center[520] Gloria Hernandez, physical scientist, aerospace technologist; Science Manager for the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment at NASA Langley Research Center; her supersonic aerodynamic research has resulted in economic advances in supersonic flight[521] Lucas G. Hortas, aerospace engineer and technologist; author and or co-author of over 35 technical papers[522] Chris Kubecka (full name Christina Kubecka de Medina), a Computer Scientist specialist in cyberwarfare, established international business operations for Saudi Aramco after the world's most devastating Shamoon cyber warfare attacks. Detected





and helped halt the second wave of July 2009 cyberattacks cyberwar attacks against South Korea.[523] Ramón E. López, physicist; professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Arlington; Fellow of the American Physical Society; recipient of the 2002 Nicholson Medal for Humanitarian Service; co-authored a book on space weather, Storms from the Sun[524] Fernando López Tuero, agricultural scientist and agronomist; discovered the bug (believed at first to be a germ) which was destroying Puerto Rico's sugar canes[525] Carlos A. Liceaga, electronic engineer, aerospace technologist; leads the development of proposal guidelines, and the technical, management, and cost evaluation of the proposals For the Explorer Program[522] Ariel Lugo, scientist and ecologist; Director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, based in Puerto Rico; founding member of the Society for Ecological Restoration; member-at-large of the Board of the Ecological Society of America[526] Debbie Martínez, computer engineer, aerospace technologist; Flight Systems and Software Branch software manager for the Cockpit Motion Facility at NASA Langley Research Center[527] Lissette Martinez, electronic engineer, rocket scientist; lead electrical engineer for the Space Experiment Module program at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Manuel Martínez Maldonado, nephrologist, educator; author of numerous scientific publications; discovered a natriuretic hormone[528] Antonio Mignucci, marine biologist, oceanographer; founder of "Red Caribeña de Varamientos" Carlos Ortiz Longo, NASA engineer and scientist, and pilot Joseph O. Prewitt Díaz, psychologist; specialized in psychosocial theory; recipient of the American Psychological Association's 2008 International Humanitarian Award[529] Mercedes Reaves, research engineer and scientist; responsible for the design of a viable full-scale solar sail and the development and testing of a scale model solar sail at NASA Langley Research Center[530] Ron Rivera, inventor and workshop organizer; invented life-saving water filters based on pottery[531] Juan A. Rivero, scientist and educator; founded the Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo in Mayagüez, has discovered numerous animal species; author of several books[532] Miriam Rodon-Naveira, NASA scientist; first Hispanic woman to hold the Deputy Directorship for the Environmental Sciences Division in the National Exposure Research Laboratory[501] Miguel Rodríguez, mechanical engineer; Chief of the Integration Office of the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Management Office[533] Pedro Rodriguez, inventor, mechanical engineer; director of a test laboratory at NASA; invented a portable, battery-operated lift seat for people suffering from knee arthritis[534] Helen Rodriguez-Trias, physician and activist; first Latina president of the American Public Health Association; a founding member of the Women's Caucus of the American Public Health Association; recipient of the Presidential Citizen's Medal[206] Fernando E. Rodríguez Vargas, dental scientist; discovered the bacteria which causes dental cavities[535] Monserrate Roman, scientist, microbiologist; helped build the International Space Station[459][536] Gualberto Ruaño, biotechnology pioneer and founder of Genomas, Inc.; pioneer in the field of personalized medicine; inventor of a system used worldwide for the management of viral diseases; President and founder of Genomas, a genetics-related company; director of genetics research at Hartford Hospital's Genetic Research Center[537] José Francisco Salgado, Emmy-nominated astronomer, visual artist, and science communicator; former astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago; member of the audiovisual ensemble Bailey-Salgado Project[538] Ulises Armand Sanabria, of Puerto Rican and French descent; developed mechanical televisions and early terrestrial television broadcasts[539] Eduardo Santiago Delpín, surgeon; wrote the first book in Spanish about organ transplants[540] Yajaira Sierra Sastre, astronaut; part of a NASA project on astronaut nutrition and health; She will live for four months isolated in a planetary module at a base in Hawaii to simulate life at a future base on Mars[541][542] Diego R. Solís, physician; performed the first simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant in Puerto Rico[543] Félix Soto Toro, electrical engineer, astronaut applicant; developed the Advanced Payload Transfer Measurement System (ASPTMS), an electronic 3D measuring system Agustín Stahl, scientist in the fields of botany, ethnology and zoology[544] Ramón M. Suárez Calderon, scientist, cardiologist, educator and hematologist; his investigations led to the identification of the proper and effective treatment of a type of anemia known as Tropical Espru, the application of complex methods, such as electrocardiography and radioisotope, to be used in clinics and the identification and treatment of the disease which causes heart rheumatism[525] Fermín Tangüis, scientist, agriculturist and entrepreneur; developed the Tanguis cotton in Peru and saved that nation's cotton industry[545] Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, television and radio host; Puerto Rican mother; director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City; host of the PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage[546] Politicians José de Diego - the "father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement" Federico Degetau – writer, author, and resident commissioner Pedro Albizu Campos – President and principal leader of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party Nydia Velázquez – Congresswoman from New York City Luis Gutiérrez – Congressman from Chicago Kenneth McClintock – Secretary of State of Puerto Rico José Coll y Cuchí – founder of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, representing parts of The Bronx and Queens, is the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress in November 2018. 19th century Román Baldorioty de Castro, "the father of Puerto Rico's autonomy" José Celso Barbosa, "the father of Puerto Rico's statehood movement" Eugenio María de Hostos a.k.a. "El Ciudadano de las Américas" (the Citizen of the Americas), educator, philosopher, intellectual, lawyer, sociologist, and independence advocate José M. Dávila Monsanto, senator, politician and lawyer; a co-founder of the Partido Popular Democrático de Puerto Rico José de Diego, "the father of the Puerto Rican independence movement"; elected to the House of Delegates, the only locally elected body of government allowed by the U.S.; presided 1904-1917[547] Federico Degetau, first resident commissioner to the U.S. José María Marxuach Echavarría, the only Puerto Rican to serve as the Mayor of San Juan under both Spanish and American rule; served in 1897 for the Liberal Reformista Party and 1900–01 for the Puerto Rican Republican Party[548] Antonio Mattei Lluberas, leader of the second and last major revolt against Spanish colonial rule in Puerto Rico in the Intentona de Yauco of 1897; mayor of Yauco 1904-06[549] Rosendo Matienzo Cintrón, political leader; in his early political career favored Puerto Rican statehood and later became an advocate for Puerto Rico's independence and founder of the Independence Party of Puerto Rico[550] Luis Muñoz Rivera, former Resident Commissioner, journalist, politician (father of Luis Muñoz Marín) Ramón Power y Giralt, first Vice President of the Cortes de Cádiz (1810–1813) Francisco Mariano Quiñones, first president of Puerto Rico's Autonomic Cabinet Francisco Ramírez Medina, President of the Republic of Puerto Rico (September 23, 1868) during the Grito de Lares revolt Segundo Ruiz Belvis, leader of the Grito de Lares revolt Manuel Zeno Gandía, leader of cooperative movement in Puerto Rico 20th century Baltasar Corrada del Rio, former Resident Commissioner 1977–1985; Mayor of San Juan 1985–1989; 1988 NPP gubernatorial candidate, Secretary of State 1992–1995; Supreme Court Justice 1995–2005 Héctor Luis Acevedo; former Mayor of San Juan; 1996 PDP gubernatorial candidate Pedro Albizu Campos, President and principal leader of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party José S. Alegría, poet, writer, lawyer and politician; a founding member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and its president from 1928-30[551] Santos P. Amadeo, "champion of hábeas corpus"; former Senator in the Puerto Rico legislature[552] María Luisa Arcelay, first woman in Puerto Rico elected to a government legislative body[553] José Enrique Arrarás, politician, educator, attorney, public servant and sports leader[554] Carmen E. Arroyo, first Puerto Rican woman elected to any state assembly, chair New York Hispanic Legislative Caucus Herman Badillo, first Puerto Rican to serve in U.S. Congress Joaquín Balaguer, former president of Dominican Republic (Puerto Rican father) Antonio R. Barceló, founder of the Puerto Rican Liberal Party; first president of the Senate of Puerto Rico. Josefina Barceló Bird de Romero (birth name: Maria Antonia Josefina Barceló Bird), elected president of the Liberal Party after her father died in 1938; first woman elected to lead a major political party in Puerto Rico[555] Ángel O. Berríos, former Mayor of Caguas Rubén Berríos, President of the Puerto Rican Independence Party Ramón Emeterio Betances, "father of the Puerto Rican nation"; main leader of the Grito de Lares revolution Juan Bosch, former president of Dominican Republic (Puerto Rican mother) Adolfo Carrión, Jr., former Bronx (New York City) borough president Adam Clayton Powell IV, former member of the New York State Assembly Severo Colberg Ramírez, served as a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, and was the Speaker from 1982 to 1985 Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, founder of the Puerto Rican Independence Party Cayetano Coll y Cuchí, first President of Puerto Rico House of Representatives José Coll y Cuchí, founder of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party Maria Colón Sánchez, activist and politician; in 1988, became the first Hispanic woman elected to the Connecticut General Assembly[556] Rafael Cordero, former Mayor of Ponce Miguel del Valle, Illinois State Senator; first Latino City Clerk of Chicago; 2011 mayoral candidate[557] Nelson Antonio Denis, former New York State Assemblyman Rubén Díaz, New York State Senator and religious leader Pedro Espada, Jr., New York State Senator Antonio Fernós-Isern, first Puerto Rican cardiologist and Resident Commissioner Leopoldo Figueroa, co-founder of the Independence Association, one of three political organizations which merged to form the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party; changed political ideals and in 1948 was a member of the Partido Estadista Puertorriqueño (Puerto Rican Statehood Party); the only member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives that year who did not belong to the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico PPD, who opposed the PPD's approval of the infamous Law 53, also known as "Puerto Rico's Gag Law" and "Ley de La Mordaza", which violated the civil rights of those who favor(ed) Puerto Rican independence[558] Maurice Ferre, former Mayor of Miami, Florida Fernando Ferrer, former Bronx (New York City) borough president and New York City mayoral candidate Rogelio Figueroa, 2008 gubernatorial candidate and founder of Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party[559] Bonnie García, former California State Assemblywoman Robert Garcia, former New York State Assemblyman, State Senator and U.S. Representative Oscar García Rivera, Sr., former New York State Assemblyman; in 1937 became the first Puerto Rican elected to public office in the continental U.S.; in 1956, became the first Puerto Rican to be nominated as the Republican candidate for Justice of the City Court[560] Miguel A. García Méndez, youngest Speaker of the House in Puerto Rico's history; the Mayagüez General Post Office was named after him[561] María Libertad Gómez Garriga, the only woman in the Constitutional Convention of Puerto Rico, formed in 1951; the only woman to sign the 1952 Constitution of Puerto Rico[562][563] Luis Gutiérrez, United States Representative from Illinois[564] Santiago Iglesias, founder of the first Puerto Rico Socialist Party, labor activist and former Resident Commissioner Margarita López, former New York City Council member and political activist[565] Juan Francisco Luis, 24th governor of the United States Virgin Islands, 1978–1987[566] Martin Malave Dilan, New York State Senator Evelyn Mantilla, member of Connecticut House of Representatives Juan Mari Brás, founder of the Movimiento Pro Independencia and the modern Puerto Rican Socialist Party Antonio "Tony" Méndez, first native-born Puerto Rican to become a district leader of a major political party in New York City[567] Olga A. Méndez, first Puerto Rican New York State Senator Rosie Méndez, New York City councilwoman and activist Teodoro Moscoso, architect of Operation Bootstrap; former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela (1961–1964) Victoria Muñoz Mendoza, 1992 PDP candidate for governor (daughter of Luis Muñoz Marín)[568] Luis Muñoz Rivera, Senator; last surviving drafter of the Puerto Rico Constitution[569] Félix Ortiz, New York State Assemblyman, author of nation's first cellphone driving ban[570] George Pabey, Mayor of East Chicago, Indiana[571] Hernán Padilla, former Mayor of San Juan, founder of the Puerto Rican Renewal Party[572] Antonio Pagán, former New York City Council member[573] Eddie Perez, former Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut[574] María de Pérez Almiroty, first woman to be elected senator in Puerto Rico[575] Samuel R. Quiñones, longest serving President of the Senate of Puerto Rico[576] Ernesto Ramos Antonini, former Speaker of Puerto Rico's House of Representatives[577] Charles Rangel, United States Congressman (Puerto Rican father)[578] Roberto Rexach Benítez, former Senate President, educator; current columnist for the El Vocero newspaper[579] Felisa Rincón de Gautier, first woman to be elected Mayor of a capital city in the Americas (Western Hemisphere) Ramón Luis Rivera, Mayor of Bayamón 1977–2001 Samuel Rivera, Mayor of Passaic, New Jersey Manuela Santiago Collazo, Mayor of Vieques (1985–2000)[580] Jorge Santini, former three-term Mayor of San Juan and Vice President of the New Progressive Party, former senator[581][582] José E. Serrano, most senior Puerto Rican congressman, Chair of House Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services[583] Gloria Tristani, first Hispanic woman appointed as one of the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)[584] Nydia Velázquez, first Puerto Rican congresswoman, Chair of House Small Business Committee[585] Raúl G. Villaronga, first Puerto Rican elected mayor in Texas (Killeen)[586] 21st century Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States Ruth Noemí Colón, 66th Secretary of State of New York Pedro Cortés, Pennsylvania's former Secretary of the Commonwealth; past President of National Association of Secretaries of State Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, former Secretary of State of New York Rubén Díaz, Jr., former New York State Assemblyman; Bronx Borough President (2009–present) Wilda Diaz, first female mayor of Perth Amboy, New Jersey; first Puerto Rican, first woman, and first Latino elected mayor in New Jersey[587] Jenniffer González, former Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives[588] Raúl Labrador, Congressman representing Idaho's 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives[589] Kenneth McClintock, 13th President of the Puerto Rico Senate; 22nd Secretary of State/Lieutenant Governor of Puerto Rico[590] Hiram Monserrate, former New York State Senator[591] Antonia Novello,14th Surgeon General of the U.S.; Vice Admiral, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps[592] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic congresswoman for United States House of Representatives New York District 14[593] Cesar A. Perales, 67th Secretary of State of New York Pedro Pierluisi, de facto governor of Puerto Rico (2019); Secretary of Justice (1993–1997); Resident Commissioner (2009–2017)[594] Roberto Prats, co-chair of winning Hillary Clinton primary campaign; Democratic State Chair; former senator and PDP congressional candidate[595] John Quiñones, first Republican Party candidate of Puerto Rican ancestry elected to Florida House of Representatives[596] Thomas Rivera Schatz, 14th President of the Senate of Puerto Rico[588] Melinda Romero Donnelly, three-term at-large legislator, two terms in House, one in Senate Senate;[597] Caribbean Business journalist[598] Pedro Segarra, Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut[599] Darren Soto, Representative in Florida House of Representatives[600] Manuel A. Torres, Puerto Rico's first Electoral Comptroller, and longest serving modern Secretary of the Senate of Puerto Rico[601] Daryl Vaz, Minister of Information and Telecommunication for Jamaica (Puerto Rican mother)[602] Sports Santos "Sandy" Alomar – Cleveland Indians baseball player Orlando Cepeda – MLB first baseman, second Puerto Rican in Baseball Hall of Fame José Juan Barea – professional basketball player with the Dallas Mavericks Carlos Delgado – MLB player, New York Mets Reggie Jackson – Major League Baseball right fielder Maritza Correia Edgar Martínez – MLB player with the Seattle Mariners Jorge Posada – New York Yankees catcher Iván Rodríguez – MLB catcher for the Washington Nationals Alfredo L. Escalera – Kansas City Royals outfielder; youngest player ever drafted Monica Puig – Olympic gold medalist Juan Evangelista Venegas – Olympic medalist A Benjamin Agosto, figure skater and Olympic medalist (Puerto Rican father) Roberto Alomar, baseball player, MLB All-Star, third Puerto Rican inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame (2011) Sandy Alomar, Jr., baseball player Sandy Alomar, Sr., baseball player Carmelo Anthony, NBA player, Oklahoma City Thunder (Puerto Rican father) Orlando Antigua, in 1995, the first Hispanic and first non-black in 52 years to play for the Harlem Globetrotters (Puerto Rican mother)[603] Chris Armas, soccer player (Puerto Rican mother) Carlos Arroyo, former NBA player, member and captain of the Puerto Rican national basketball team Harry Arroyo, boxer, former IBF Lightweight Champion[604] Nolan Arenado, baseball player, Colorado Rockies (Puerto Rican mother) Jake Arrieta, baseball player, Chicago Cubs (Puerto Rican grandfather) B Javier Báez, baseball player, Chicago Cubs Juan Báez, former basketball player; recipient of Puerto Rico Olympic Medal of Honor José Juan Barea, NBA player, Dallas Mavericks; first Puerto Rican to play for winning team in the NBA Finals María Elena Batista, Olympic, PanAm and Central American games swimmer Bayley, WWE wrestler, real name Pamela Rose Martinez[605] Eddie Belmonte, thoroughbred racing jockey[606] Carlos Beltrán, baseball player, outfielder/designated hitter, Texas Rangers Wilfred Benítez, boxer, member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame David "Kike" Bernier, retired fencer, former Secretary of Sports and Recreation Hiram Bithorn, baseball player, first Puerto Rican in Major League Baseball Devin Booker, NBA player, Phoenix Suns (Puerto Rican mother) Kristina Brandi, tennis player C Iván Calderón, baseball player Iván Calderón, boxer, world champion Hector 'Macho' Camacho, boxer, former world champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame Fernando J. Canales, swimmer, first Puerto Rican to reach final championships Pedro Miguel Caratini, baseball player; born in Puerto Rico, "the father of Dominican baseball" Orlando Cepeda, baseball player, member of Baseball Hall of Fame Pedro Anibal Cepeda a.k.a. "Perucho" and "The Bull", baseball player; father of Orlando Cepeda; known as "the Babe Ruth of Puerto Rico"[607] Nero Chen, Puerto Rico's first professional boxer[608] Julie Chu, Olympic ice hockey player; forward on the U.S. women's ice hockey team; of Chinese and Puerto Rican descent[609] Conchita Cintrón, bullfighter (Puerto Rican father) Kermit Cintrón, boxer, former International Boxing Federation welterweight champion (2006–