|Cayey, Puerto Rico|
65th Infantry coat of arms
|Type||Former Military Base|
|Controlled by||Formerly by the U.S. Army|
|Garrison||65th Infantry Regiment|
History[edit | edit source]
This base in the Central Mountain range of Puerto Rico located 25 miles (40 km) from San Juan, Puerto Rico was under control of the Spanish army until U.S. Military Troops took over the base in 1898 during the Spanish–American War and became a Puerto Rico Voluntary Regiment Post. 1908 became a United States Army infantry base for the 65th Infantry Regiment and renamed Henry Barracks after the 3rd Military Governor of Puerto Rico and Medal of Honor recipient Major General Guy V.Henry.
In 1928 Hurricane San Felipe hit Puerto Rico and destroyed many of the base wooden structures. In 1929 new permanent buildings were constructed at the Henry Barracks.
After the Korean War the U.S. Army brought in troops not native to Puerto Rico. They were called "Continentals" by the locals from Cayey Puerto Rico. By that time the combat troops stationed at Henry Barracks consisted of an artillery battalion and a heavy mortar company.
Base Closing[edit | edit source]
The Army phased out its presence at the post in 1965. Most of the land and buildings were transferred to the University of Puerto Rico and opened the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey campus in 1967 while other facilities were transferred to the municipality of Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Most of the land and buildings that was transferred to the municipality of Cayey were turned into sports facilities.
National Guard[edit | edit source]
The Military only keep one parcel from the Henry Barracks army base for the Puerto Rico Army National Guard 105TH FSC 1/65 Infantry Battalion. An Heliport, maintenance shop, administration offices and a NGX PX are some of the facilities at the National Guard post use mostly for monthly drills.
Army ROTC[edit | edit source]
The University of Puerto Rico at Cayey hosted the U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Course ROTC program at a site in the former Herry Barracks base. The Army ROTC had an office, several classrooms, an obstacle course and a rappeling tower. After many years in operations the Army ROTC left the UPR Cayey campus in 1997.
Tribute[edit | edit source]
A monument stands near the Herry Barracks housing area to honor Military Veterans from Cayey, Puerto Rico and of the main roads of the former Army base was renamed Avenida Los Veteranos (Veterans Avenue).
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of Puerto Ricans Missing in Action in the Korean War
- 65th Infantry Regiment
- Camp Las Casas
- List of Puerto Rican military personnel
Other military articles related to Puerto Rico:
- Military history of Puerto Rico
- Puerto Rican Campaign
- Puerto Ricans in World War I
- Puerto Ricans in World War II
- Puerto Ricans in the Vietnam War
- Puerto Rican women in the military
- Puerto Rico National Guard
References[edit | edit source]
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