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Juan Cesar Cordero

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Background

Employment History

  • Regimental Commander, Colonel
    Betances Health Center
  • Commander
    65th Infantry Regiment
  • Battalion Commander, Regimental Supply Officer
    65th Infantry Regiment
  • National Guard Officer
    Puerto Rico
  • Regimental Commander, Colonel
    Puerto Rico
  • Commanding Officer
    65th Puerto Rican Regiment
  • Colonel

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Privates

Education

  • Mayaguez's College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
  • University of Puerto Rico
12 Total References
Web References
A Short Biography of Carlos Betances-Ramirez
www.mervino.com, 3 Mar 2006 [cached]
At one point, Betances’s Regimental Commander, Colonel Juan Cordero, wanted to visit the men on Outpost Kelly, the most forward position of the 2nd Battalion. So, while under enemy observation and small arms fire, LTC Betances and Colonel Cordero ran out to Outpost Kelly along a "safe lane" from the MLR (Main Line of Resistance) to the isolated outpost.
Honor and Fidelity
www.valerosos.com, 1 Sept 2000 [cached]
The 3rd Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Juan Cesar Cordero-Davila, went into combat on 12 December 1944 at Peira Cava in the Maritime Alps of southern France, where it relieved a battalion of the 442nd "Nisei" Infantry Regiment.
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Lindsey, however, would command for less than three months.[52] On 1 February 1952, Colonel Juan Cesar Cordero-Davila assumed command of the 65th.
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Cordero-Davila was a Puerto Rican National Guard officer who had served with the regiment in World War II for over three and a half years, advancing from the Regimental S-4 to Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, and Regimental Executive Officer. He also served for short periods during World War II as the Regimental Commander. Following the war, he had commanded the 296th Regimental Combat Team in Puerto Rico . As a result, he was responsible for training most of the men serving in the 65th in the Fall of 1952.[53] General J. Lawton Collins, the Army Chief of Staff, was responsible for Lindsey's removal and the appointment of Cordero-Davila to command the 65th.
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Cordero-Davila had solicited an assignment to Korea when Collins visited Puerto Rico in January 1952.[54] Collins believed that, in the long term, it would be of great value to the future of the Puerto Rican National Guard if Cordero-Davila were assigned to the regiment.
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Cordero-Davila had solicited an assignment to Korea when Collins visited Puerto Rico in January 1952.[54] Collins believed that, in the long term, it would be of great value to the future of the Puerto Rican National Guard if Cordero-Davila were assigned to the regiment.
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Cordero-Davila was clearly one of the highest ranking ethnic officers in the Army. His assignment to command the 65th reflected a fundamental change in the Army's attitude toward non-white officers and took place against a backdrop of the full integration of African Americans into Eighth Army.
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The following night two reinforced companies of Chinese infantry attacking from three directions slammed into the outpost, then occupied by Company B. Catching the company commander, most of his platoon leaders, the artillery liaison officer, and the forward observer in the command bunker where they congregated for a meeting, the enemy took the position quickly.[58] Although it was known almost immediately that the outpost had fallen, Colonel Cordero-Davila was reluctant to call in artillery fires or to commit the regimental reserve battalion lest they kill those of his own soldiers still remaining on the hill.
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agreed with Van Fleet's assessment of Dulaney and Cordero-Davila.
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Three days later, Colonel Chester B. DeGavre replaced Cordero-Davila as Commander of the 65th Infantry Regiment.[70]
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Colonel Cordero-Davila was of the same mind and, in fact, attributed the poor performance of the regiment at Outpost Kelly to the rotation policy.
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Indeed, Cordero-Davila believed the enemy would remain on the defensive, because of an informal arrangement with the CCF in which U.S. soldiers occupied the outpost during the day and the Chinese occupied it at night. "It was an unwritten gentleman's agreement," he observed in a newspaper interview following the fall of Kelly, "with the gentlemen only on this side of the line."[151] This belief that the enemy would remain on the defensive apparently worked its way down to lower level commanders, where it prompted a failure on their part to execute counterattacks expeditiously. In the same way, the 65th's commanders failed to provide, with a few exceptions, critical leadership at the time and place it was most needed. In light of the officer and NCO shortage throughout the regiment, regimental and battalion commanders should have been well forward with their assaulting units, getting a firsthand look at the situation, providing inspiration and control, committing reserves, and ensuring that their orders had been properly understood and executed. Instead, may of those individuals attempted to micromanage the battles from their bunkers, where they had little immediate influence over the direction events took. The quality of the 65th's commander also figured into the failure of the regiment. Despite his impressive credentials, popularity with the men, and personal courage, Cordero-Davila proved to be more interested in pandering to his men than in ensuring that they were disciplined, well trained, and combat ready. Indeed, rather than rely on officers more tactically and technically competent than himself, Cordero-Davila undermined his officers' and sergeants' authority by establishing a Privates' Council consisting of a private from every platoon in the regiment and meeting once a month. The council undercut the chain of command by allowing soldiers to submit complaints directly to the regimental commander. Cordero-Davila then intervened on behalf of the men, upsetting policies his company and battalion commanders had set in place without sufficient feel for the circumstances that had led to them in the first place. As a result, discipline suffered.
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He attributed the breakdown in discipline directly to Colonel Cordero-Davila, whom he called a "Political" commander.[156]
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Their secret of success appears to have been finding a training area away from the prying eyes of Colonel Cordero-Davila and the regimental staff.[157]
News From The Korean War 65th Inf.Regt. Page 3
www.valerosos.com, 24 Feb 2010 [cached]
Juan Cordero of San Juan, P.R. has taken over as commanding officer of the 65th Puerto Rican Regiment, it was announced Tuesday. Cordero replaced Col.
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Juan Cesar Cordero (second from left), new commander of the 65th Infantry (Puerto Rican)
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Juan Cesar Cordero of Santurce.
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"Our men did not retreat," Cordero said, "Because we cannot label as a retreat the withdrawal of a handful of valorous soldiers who made our lines only through a supreme effort despite their pain and loss of blood."
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"IT WAS AN UNWRITTEN gentleman's agreement with the gentlemen only on this side of the line," Cordero said.
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Juan Cesar Cordero, former commander of the 65th Puerto Rico Infantry Regiment in Korea, is here in Tokyo on his way to the United States. In speaking of the 65th Regiment, veteran of some of the most savage fighting in the Korean campaign, Col. Cordero said, "I feel very proud of having commanded such a group of loyal, brave, and aggressive fighters. It is with regret that I leave them. I shall pray that God will protect and guide them in all their future action." UPON HIS RETURN to Puerto Rico, via Washington, D.C., Col. Cordero plans to return to his position as executive director of the Puerto Rico housing authority and housing coordinator for the governor of Puerto Rico. The former commander of "Los Borinqueneers" (citizens of Puerto Rico) is due to be separated from active duty some time in December. Cordero served with the 65th Regiment during World War II as a battalion commander, regimental supply officer, and later as regimental executive.
Commands - by Col. Gilberto Villahermosa
www.valerosos.com, 2 Feb 2006 [cached]
Lieutenant Colonel Juan Cesar Cordero, a Puerto Rican National Guard officer, commanded the 3d Battalion in combat. The 40-year old officer was a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and Mayaguez's College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, where he had received his Reserve Commission as a second lieutenant. His battalion had relieved the 2nd Battalion of the Japanese-American 442nd "Nisei" Infantry Regiment on 13 December.
The 65th Infantry at Jackson Heights,Korea
www.valerosos.com, 2 Feb 2006 [cached]
Due to the regiment's failure to hold and recapture Outpost Kelly, the Puerto Rican Regimental Commander, Colonel (COL) Juan Cesar Cordero, was quietly relieved of command on 10 October and replaced by a Continental Commander, Colonel Chester B. De Gavre.
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