Puerto Rico

Full Name 121 Territory of Puerto Rico
Alliance Allies - Minor Member Nation or Possession
Possessing Power United States
Entry into WW2 8 Dec 1941
Population in 1939 1,826,300


ww2dbaseEuropeans first reached the island of Puerto Rico in 1493, and it was subsequently made a colony of Spain. At the end of the Spanish-American War of 1898, Spain and the United States signed the Treaty of Paris, which transferred Puerto Rico to the United States. At the eve of WW2, Puerto Rico was governed as a unincorporated organized territory, with governors directly appointed by the US President. During the war, Puerto Rico served similar functions as the island of Oahu of the Territory of Hawaii, in which it hosted a large navy base (Roosevelt Roads) and several Army and Navy airfields. During the war, 65,034 Puerto Ricans served in the US military. Most of them served with the 295th and 296th Infantry Regiments of the US Army National Guard and the 65th Infantry Regiment of the US Army, serving in Europe, Pacific Islands, North Africa, and Panama Canal Zone. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico women were not initially accepted into military service; that changed in 1944 when the Army Nurse Corps finally opened its doors by recruiting about 200 Puerto Rican nurses. After the war, in 1947, Puerto Rico was given the right to democratically elect its own governor. In 1952, it was given commonwealth status, which allowed it to draft its own constitution.

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Last Major Update: Mar 2017

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Borinquen FieldAirfield
Isla Grande Naval Air StationAirfield
Losey FieldAirfield
Roosevelt Roads Naval BaseNaval Port
Vega Baja Auxiliary AirdromeAirfield


The US NavyUSS Langley, USS Mississippi, USS New Mexico, and others at anchor off Culebra island, Puerto Rico, 18 Mar 1926PBY-5A Catalina on the ramp probably at NAS Isla Grande, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aug or Sep 1942.Aerial view of Vega Baja Auxiliary Airdrome, Puerto Rico, 10 Feb 1943
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