U.S. Army Military Service Lineage
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Although the below pictures show the registration form and draft card for 1942, Marcelino Cortés had already served in the Army prior
to that as a young man. You will notice that on the draft card, it states his date of birth and his age, 47 years old at the
time. Although not fully researched, Marcelino Cortés probably served with the Porto Rico Regiment, U.S. Infantry guarding the
Panama Canal from 1917 to 1918. At the age of 22 or 23, at that time he would have been about the right age to serve. Without research, we are basing this on a prior article that was written about Marcelino Cortés that states that he returned ill after
serving in the Army with Uncle Sam. The Cortés family has served in the U.S. Army for four generations since.
La Genealogía de Puerto Rico (The Genealogy of Puerto Rico) webpage was written by Miguel J. Hernandez y Torres. It has a lot
of good information on where to obtain copies of military records if you are researching your ancestry. I will be using a lot
of their ideas as I continue to research this topic.
In my possession I also have the military records of Cristobal Cortés, a
second generation U.S. Army soldier that served in the 1st Platoon, 35th Coast Artillery Battalion. I will be posting these
records up at a later date in conjunction with the Cristobal Cortés’ webpage. His enlistment was from 1943 until 1946. I myself served in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War in the 1990’s but I did not see action as I was stationed in Germany at
the time. My sons, fourth generation soldiers, have both served in the U.S. Army; Marc Anthony Cortés, now of Los Angeles, California served
tours in Texas and Korea. My youngest son, Cristobal Cortés II, is currently serving at Fort Riley, Kansas and has already served
one tour in Iraq.
Two of my uncles also served in the U.S. Army at different times. My uncle, Antonio Custodio who was my Tia Dalila’s husband
served in Germany during World War II. My uncle, Wilfredo Perez, who is married to my Tia Lucy, served in the U.S. Army during
the Korean War. In the future, I will try to obtain the family’s permission to post their records on this website.