List of Puerto Rican Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

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Puerto Rican recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Presidential Medal of Freedom
Awarded by
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President of the United States

This is a list of notable Puerto Ricans who were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The list includes people who were born in Puerto Rico, people who are of full or partial Puerto Rican ancestry, and other residents and/or immigrants of other ethnic heritages who have made Puerto Rico their home, and who are recognized for their life and/or work.

Nine Puerto Ricans have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by an act of U.S. Congress—the highest civilian award in the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".[1][2] Former governor Luis A. Ferré and his sister Isolina Ferré are the only pair of Puerto Rican brother and sister to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was also the posthumous recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Citizens Medal.

Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom[edit]

The following people are the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom:[2]

Name Year awarded Occupation

Pablo Casals
1963 Cellist and Conductor
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Luis Muñoz Marín
(with Distinction)
Governor of Puerto Rico
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Luis A. Ferré
1991 Governor of Puerto Rico
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Antonia Pantojas
1996 Educator, social worker,
feminist, civil rights leader

Isolina Ferré
(sister of recipient Luis A. Ferré)
1999 Roman Catholic nun
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Roberto Clemente
(USMC picture)
Baseball Hall of Famer
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Rita Moreno
2004 Actress
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Chita Rivera
2009 Actress, dancer, and singer
Sylvia Mendez 2011 Civil Rights activist

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Executive Order 9586, signed July 6, 1945; Federal Register 10 FR 8523, July 10, 1945
  2. ^ a b Presidential Medal of Freedom