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"One day I asked myself "Who are we (as Puerto Ricans)?"
"What contributions have we made to society in the fields of the Arts, Education, Science, Military and Literature?"
That's when I decided to become a writer`
-Tony the Marine-

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Who am I?

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My name is Tony a.k.a. "Tony the Marine". I am the Editor of the Puerto Rican Military History Channel of "El Boricua" a monthly cultural magazine, a Staff writer in "Somos Primos" an internet magazine dedicated to "Hispanic Heritage and Diversity Issues" and served as the Official Historian of the Association of Naval Services Officers. I also serve on the national steering committee of Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance and serve in the Latino Alliance Advisory Board.[1] On August 10, 2010, the former Secretary of State of Puerto Rico Kenneth D. McClintock, during the welcoming Remarks at the Memorial Wall before the Presidential National Commission on the American Latino Museum in Puerto Rico, referred to me as "Puerto Rico’s foremost military historian" which I consider an honor.[2][3]
976 Simpson Street, Building where I was raised and which has been conserved by the City of NY

I was born the son of Puerto Rican immigrants, in New York, New York, more specifically in the South Bronx area where being a gang member was a way of life. I was raised in the mean streets (Simpson St.) of New York where I was a member of a gang called "The Torchmen" a branch of the "Crowns". When my family moved to Cambria Heights, Queens I created and led a gang called "The Vikings". Some people used to call me "The Man with the Gun".

When I was a child growing up in New York City, the only heroes that we "Hispanics" (note: that term hadn't even been coined then) had were "El Zorro", The "Cisco Kid" and "Speedy Gonzalez". Our history books failed to make mention of the numerous contributions which Hispanics have made to the formation of our country. I didn't know about our participation in the Revolutionary War nor about our heroes in the Civil War. As I grew older, I became aware that our people produced good singers and that in some cases some Hispanics were given minor stereotyped roles in Hollywood and that we had a Desi Arnaz who was in love with Lucy in the television sitcom "I love Lucy", but that was it.

I was accepted in Columbia University but, instead I decided that I wanted to be a Marine. It was an era in American history when the country was in deep turmoil with the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. I am a Vietnam War Veteran who was an active member of the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1971 and in the reserves until 1975. During my service I witnessed how many disparities there were between "White" (Anglo) soldiers and soldiers of ethnic minorities, I formed a group of soldiers within my company called Latin Power In Unity which included Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Central Americans and others. My friend and comrade Leroy Reese formed the Black Power group. Our groups worked closely towards the better treatment of minorities with the intention of improving the relationship between the members of the different races in our company (H&S Co., 2/9 3rd. Marine Division). I also served in the Corps Military Police.

Tony the Marine and his wife Milly

This, in turn, led me to view U.S. politics on Puerto Rico differently. It also made me curious of my roots. I can honestly say that I am proud to be a Puerto Rican. I never returned to New York, I rather flew to San Juan, where I was supposed to visit my father for two weeks before returning home, but I met my future wife, Milagros (my dad's neighbor, see: The Marine and the Girl Next Door), while in Puerto Rico, and ended up staying for twenty years. Because of what I saw, I am a strong believer that Puerto Rico should become an independent nation. At first, I became a follower of the ideals of the Puerto Rican Independence Party headed by Ruben Berrios, however now I believe that the PIP lacks true leadership and does not have an effective program which reaches out to the common person explaining the importance of saving our national identity. Does this make me a bad person? No, unless George Washington, Simon Bolivar and Ramón Emeterio Betances (not that I compare myself to them) were bad persons. Does this make me an anti-American? No, I was born in the U.S., served in the U.S.M.C. and my grandchildren are half "Anglo". I am not a politician nor am I interested in politics. I just believe that every nation has a right to its independence. As Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, once said:

My introduction to Wikipedia

I enrolled in the Interamerican University where my major was Business Administration with a minor in accounting. I am proud to say that I was a magna cum laude honor student. I graduated from the Puerto Rican Real Estate Academy and studied at the American Banking Institute. I studied computer programing in the Polytechnical Institute of Caguas, Puerto Rico. I was the owner of a wholesale business and of other ventures.

It was Antonio, my son, who inspired me to become interested in this project. My main objective in Wikipedia is to educate others by writing mini-bios about the accomplishments of famous Puerto Ricans and of people of Puerto Rican descent. I also write articles related to Puerto Rican History, the history which most people have either forgotten or have tried to omit from our history books. I have also set it upon myself as a goal to write about the positive contributions which Hispanics of all nationalities have made to the United States and the world in general.

Experiences with Wikipedia

(L-R)Tony the Marine, W.Kouts and D.Gonzales, Jr.

Writing in Wikipedia has provided me with many positive experiences and recognition's, which I would like to share.

On March 20, 2007, Maribeth Kouts, daughter of William Walter Kouts, began an extensive Internet search for the family of David M. Gonzales, the Medal of Honor recipient who saved her father's life in World War II,[4] and she posted the following message on Wikipedia:

"My father, William Kouts, was the soldier David M. Gonzales was digging out when he was shot and killed by sniper fire. My Dad is 85 and in ill health and we want to get into contact with the Gonzales family before Dad's passing so that Dad can tell David Jr. of his father's heroics firsthand. Mbkouts."[5]

I responded to the message and told Maribeth that I would try to help her in their quest. I sent e-mails to Congressman Howard Berman and telephoned every David Gonzales in the Los Angeles area without any luck.[6] I then placed a message in Somos Primos, a Hispanic heritage cultural magazine, for which I write and on April 11, 2007, I made contact with Ernestine Gonzales, cousin of David Gonzales Jr. and, as a result, both families met in the Atlanta suburb of Powder Springs, Georgia for the first time on May 24, 2007.[4] The event brought closure to over 60 years of searching for the relatives of David M. Gonzales on behalf of William W. Kouts. Beatrice Gonzales, David's daughter-in-law, said:

"We feel so much peace because David's father died to save a very good man who lived a good life."[7]

"We owe so much to Mr. Santiago," said Maribeth Kouts.[4]

On May 27, 2007, I was featured in The Arizona Republic under the headlines “A medal, a debt, both of honor”.[7]
Members of the Puerto Rican Senate pay tribute to Tony (The Marine) Santiago

The biographies about Puerto Rican soldiers which I have written in Wikipedia have helped to get the names of some Puerto Rican soldiers who perished in combat inscribed in “El Monumento de la Recordación” in Puerto Rico. On November 28, 2007, I became the first Puerto Rican to be honored by the Government of Puerto Rico for my work on behalf of Puerto Rico in Wikipedia when the Senate of Puerto Rico recognized me as a military historian and paid me tribute with a Resolution #3603.[8][9] The resolution was presented at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel by then President of the Senate of Puerto Rico and now former Secretary of State, the Honorable Kenneth McClintock and Senators Lucy Arce, Juan Eugenio Hernández Mayoral and Jorge Suárez Cáceres on behalf of the people of Puerto Rico.[10] On January 30, 2008, I was featured in the ’’Phoenix Republic’’ in an article titled “Author details contributions of Puerto Ricans".[11] [12]

(L-R) Senator Kenneth McClintock, Hillary, Tony the Marine, Milagros, Chelsea and Bill Clinton

I was invited to the Puerto Rican Capitol Building and in the presence of my wife Milagros, members of the Puerto Rican Senate and the House of Representatives, was presented with a gift by the then President of the Puerto Rican Senate, the Honorable Kenneth McClintock. Also, present in my recognition was the former President of the United States Bill Clinton, his wife, then the junior United States Senator from New York and current Secretary of State of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton. Brigadier General Hector E. Pagan, the Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Special Warfare Center and School, presented me with the USAJFKSWCS Medal of Excellence.[13] During the ceremonies, McClintock made the following public statement:[14]

"Today, the Senate of Puerto Rico, in addition to honoring our fallen, also recognizes one of the living, a Puerto Rican who after serving as a Marine in Vietnam, is making sure that no fallen comrade is left behind, and that none are forgotten. His academic training is not that of a historian, but in recent years he has become Puerto Rico's most widely-read writer of the heroic accounts of Puerto Rico's military men and women. Several of the names on that wall are there thanks to his research. That man, Antonio Santiago, also known as Tony the Marine, is here today and I wish for him to stand up and be recognized with the applause of Puerto Ricans grateful that he has not allowed his comrades to be forgotten. Tony ..."

In "Te quiero Puerto Rico, Primaria Presidencial Democrata 2008", a book published in 2010,[15], McClintock and co-author Roberto Prats described my meeting with President and Senator Clinton, indicating that, while the national media that followed them from a previous engagement in Ponce, Puerto Rico set up their equipment, they visited the Senate President's office, where they "mingled with statehood and PDP leaders and with the person to whom the activities of the day were dedicated, veteran and Puerto Rican military historian Antonio 'Tony the Marine' Santiago."

On August 10, 2010, Secretary of State of Puerto Rico Kenneth D. McClintock made the welcoming remarks at the Memorial Wall before the Presidential National Commission on the American Latino Museum in Puerto Rico where he declared me to be Puerto Rico’s foremost military historian[16]

In December 2012, the Wikipedia Foundation honored me by including a short profile of me in their "Meet the Wikipedians".[17]


Other recognition's as a Wikipedian

I was recognized in a speech given by Mr. Javier De la Luz, then Chief of Staff of Luis G. Fortuño, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico to the United States Congress and now Governor of Puerto Rico, during the ceremonies held in front of the Capitol Building in which the names of Puerto Rico's fallen soldiers were unveiled.[18] Luis G. Fortuño stated the following:[19]

"Mr. President, I am also pleased that you are honoring former Marine Antonio Santiago, who has devoted himself to preserving the history and accomplishments of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. military"

On June 8, 2009, the Chief of the Maintenance Management, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd.) United States Marine Corps, the late Cpl. Robert P. Lemiszki (R.I.P.), honored me with a letter, which recognized my ongoing contributions to the military community, and with a United States Flag which was flown over the 2nd Marine Aircraft (Fwd) Headquarters, Marine Air Base, Al Asad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.[20]

On October 5, 2009, I was honored by Brigadier General Rafael O'Ferrall, the Deputy Commanding General for the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the "Commander's Coin for Excellence" together with a certificate which states:[21]

Tony the Marine, Thank you for your watch of Puerto Rico's values and history, it is people like you who maintain alive our customs and traditions.

The Commander's Coin for Excellence is an impact award given by the Joint Task Force Commander to those soldiers and civilians he deems worthy of immediate recognition.[22] On August 28, 2012, the "Latino Alliance" named me a "Champion of Character".[23]

Official Documents of Recognition's

Satisfactions as a Wikipedian

One of the satisfactions which I have received as a writer in Wikipedia is being able to post and share the discoveries which I have made through my research. An example of this is when I discovered that Lt. Augusto Rodriguez was a Puerto Rican who served in the American Civil War. [24] The importance of this discovery is that it was believed that Puerto Ricans had not served in the United States military prior to World War I. In April 2010, I wrote about Rodriguez in Wikipedia and on Veteran’s Day 2013, Rafael Cruz Miller, owner of “Radio Esfuerzo Estadista” and a group representing the Puerto Rican community in Connecticut placed a floral arrangement in a ceremony which recognized Rodriguez as Puerto Rico’s first known U.S. Armed Forces veteran.[25]

On May 8, 2012, Mylene Moreno, PBS Documentary Producer and Claudio Rocha (Cinematographer) set up the equipment which was used for my interview and participation in a PBS documentary

Not only do I have the satisfaction of sharing my knowledge with the rest of the world, but I have also been fortunate enough to have the "Arizona Republic" publish some of the photos which I have uploaded in Wikipedia in a feature about local historic properties. Thereby, allowing me to share the images of places that I have seen with others who may never have the opportunity to do so.[26][27]

I also want to share that I received a book titled "Puertorriqueños Who Served With Guts, Glory, and Honor" by: Greg Boudonck" where the pages 141 to 147 were about me. It was a total surprise, because I did not expect such an honor. I only expected a special mention because I provided some info. on some Puerto Rican military heroes which I had written about in Wikipedia.[28]

All said and done, what I'm trying to say is that your work as well as mine in Wikipedia matters and is very important because you can educate others. You can make a difference in the lives of many people and contribute to the perspective that some people have about others.

Personal

My wife's name is Milly and I am the proud father of Antonio, Jose and Nilda, and the grandfather of five beautiful grandchildren named Isabel, Nina, John Anthony, Savannah and Owen David.

If you would really like to know why I spend so many hours writing in Wikipedia you may find the answer here:

Why I write in Wikipedia


I became an "Administrator" on May 31, 2005
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I, Linuxbeak, as the nominator of Marine 69-71 to administrator status, present you with your adminship. Pilot her well!

Countries and Places I've visited
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U.S.A. Japan South Vietnam Taiwan
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Philippines Puerto Rico Mexico British Virgin Islands
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British Hong Kong U.S. Virgin Islands Dominican Republic


Articles which I have authored


List of articles:
which I have authored
(In 13 articles I have contributed 50%+ of content)

Table of Contents






1. Actors, Actresses, Comedians, Directors and Television show hosts

2. Authors, Historians, Playwrights, and Poets

3. Beauty Queens and Supermodels

4. Business people and Industrialists

5. Cartoonists

6. Civil rights and/or Political activists

7. Composers, Musicians, and Singers

8. Criminals and Outlaws

9. Educators

10. Governors

11. Journalists

12. Judges and Law Enforcement Officers

13. Military people

14. Politicians

15. Religious leaders

16. Scientists, Physicians and Inventors

17.Sports people

18. Taínos

19. Visual artists

20. Puerto Rican history

21. Puerto Rican Military history

22. Puerto Rican Nationalist Party series

23. Immigration series to and from Puerto Rico

24.Other Puerto Rican related articles

25.Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients

26. Non Puerto Rican military bios.

27. Non Puerto Rican bios.

28. Military related articles

29. National Register of Historic Places articles and photo galleries


Articles Total
Authored 629
Profiles 24
Contributed 50%+ 15
Edits Who Knows?
Total 667




External audio
You may listen to Marc Anthony's interpretation of Hernandez' "Preciosa" here
and "Lamento Borincano" here
Isla del Espanto?
Areas to help in
*Wikipedia:Caribbean Wikipedians' notice board
*WikiProject Puerto Rico
The Marine's Workshop 1
The Marine's Workshop 2
The Marine's Workshop 3



Personal Milestones and Honors

Press Releases

Vietnam Veterans National Medal

Senate Resolution # 3603

Resolution of the Senate of Puerto Rico #3603

The President of the Puerto Rican Senate, the Honorable Kenneth McClintock presented me this resolution honoring my Puerto Rican related work in Wikipedia on behalf of the government. This may very well be the first time in history that a government recognizes someone for his work in Wikipedia.[29][30]

USAJFKSWCS Medal of Excellence

USAJFKSWCS Medal of Excellence

USAJFKSWCS Medal of Excellence presented to me by Brigadier General Hector E. Pagan on Memorial Day of May 26, 2008.

Joint Task Force Commander's Coin and Certificate for Excellence

Joint Task Force Commander's Coin and Certificate for Excellence presented to Tony (The Marine) Santiago by Brigadier General Rafael O'Ferrall on October 5, 2009.

Cover of Wikimedia Foundation's 2012-2013 Annual Report

On the cover of Wikimedia Foundation's 2012-2013 Annual Report.

I am honored to be on the cover of "Ten years of sharing and learning", Wikipedia's Foundation's 2012-2013 Annual Report with Wikipedians Lutho, Ravan Jaafar Altaie, Amina and James Forrester.

Bill in U.S. House of Representatives contains one of my articles

The following Bill Dr. Jose Celso Barbosa Post Office Building Designation Act introduced to the United States House of Representatives by Congressman Luis Fortuño, contains the mini-biography of Dr. Jose Celso Barbosa which I wrote. The bill was signed by President Bush on August 1, 2006. It's now Public Law 109-253.

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Tony the Marine has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
and therefore, I've officially declared today as Tony's day!
For being such a beautiful person and great Wikipedian,
enjoy being the Star of the day, dear Tony!

Love,
Phaedriel
12:08, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

A record of your Day will always be kept here.

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User:Marine 69-71 has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
and therefore, I've officially declared today as Marine 69-71's day!
For being such a beautiful person and great Wikipedian,
enjoy being the Star of the day, dear Marine 69-71!

Peace,
Rlevse

April 7, 2009
~

A record of your Day will always be kept here.


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Wikipedia Awards and Recognitions Page


Outstanding Wikipedians

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Featured Articles or Lists

Featured Selected USMC Biographies/Articles

Not Featured, but Extremely Good Articles
Note: All my articles are "Good", but these are better, so they say

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The Good Article Medal of Merit
awarded August 26, 2007

My Articles in DYK

All-time DYK record for most page views
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg On December 8, 2008, Ivan Castro received 71,300 page views while it was featured on the Main Page, establishing an all-time DYK record for most page views, a record which was unbroken until July 11, 2010! See: All time best of DYK.

"Boricua" Barnstars

Barnstar Award Versions That I've Created

Boricua Barnstar
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This Boricua Tireless Contributor Barnstar is presented to ..... for his/her continued work on Puerto Rican related articles. Presented by ....

"To be award to those dedicated users who have made significant amount of contributions or improvements to articles related to a particular country" (example: Puerto Rico, shown above).

Puerto Rico National Merit Medal
Puerto Rico National Merit Medal

To be award to dedicated users whose contributions and dedication to articles regarding Puerto Rico are above and beyond from what is normally expected and have helped provide a positive image of the island.

  • "Recipient should have at least one featured article about Puerto Rico" or
  • "Has created a significant amount of Puerto Rico related articles".


License

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References

  1. ^ Latino Alliance
  2. ^ Welcoming remarks Aug. 10, 2010
  3. ^ Somos Primos
  4. ^ a b c "A Day of Remembrance and Gratitude"; Crispy News; LaMaster, Lynne; date=May 28, 2007
  5. ^ Talk:David M. Gonzales, wiki version "diff" of March 4, 2007
  6. ^ Santiago, Tony (June 7, 2007). "The David M. Gonzales - William Kouts story" (PDF). El Boricua. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  7. ^ a b "A medal, a debt, both of honor"; author=John Faherty; newspaper=The Arizona Republic; , date=May 27, 2007
  8. ^ News and notes
  9. ^ [http://www.oslpr.org/files/docs/{01BAB82E-1A7A-4EC4-A081-5F5E03747D62 PR Resolution #3603}
  10. ^ Senado de Puerto Rico
  11. ^ "Author details contributions of Puerto Ricans"; newspaper = "Phoenix Republic"; author = Alison Stanton; date = January 30, 2008
  12. ^ Hispanic Tips
  13. ^ USAJFKSWCS Medal of Excellence
  14. ^ Memorial Day Speech
  15. ^ http://www.musicaboricua.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?LNG=en-US&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=AES-8474&Category_Code=Libros
  16. ^ Welcoming Remarks at the Memorial Wall before the Presidential National Commission on the American Latino Museum
  17. ^ Meet the Wikipedians
  18. ^ "Senado conmemora junto a los Clinton Día de la Recordación". Primera Hora. Associated Press. May 25, 2008. p. 3. 
  19. ^ Speech by the Honorable Luis G. Fortuño
  20. ^ Unofficial Letter of Appreciation from Robert Lemiszki to Tony Santiago, 20 May 2009
  21. ^ Certificate for the Commander's Coin for Excellence, presented by Brigadier General Rafael O'Ferrall on October 5, 2009.
  22. ^ Commander's Coin for Excellence Program Policy Memorandum 11, Jay W. Hood Brigadier General. US Army, 24 March 2004
  23. ^ Latino Alliance - Champion of Character
  24. ^ Mensaje día del Veterano Guánica 2013
  25. ^ Descubren veterano puertorriqueño que sirvió en la Guerra Civil
  26. ^ Scottsdale Historic Buildings
  27. ^ Phoenix Historic Buildings
  28. ^ "Puertorriquenos Who Served With Guts, Glory, and Honor. Fighting to Defend a Nation Not Completely Their Own"; by : Greg Boudonck; Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform; ISBN-10: 1497421837; ISBN-13: 978-1497421837
  29. ^ [1]
  30. ^ Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2007-12-03/News_and_notes