Lost Korean War footlocker returned to Senator Larkin


Larkin, right, accepts the trunk from, L-R, Borinqueneers
Anthony Mele, Ruben Estrada, and Antonio Rivera

NEW WINDSOR – State Senator William Larkin, whose first career
was as a member of the US Army where he retired as a lieutenant colonel,
lost his footlockers along the way.
One was returned to him this week by members of the 65th Infantry Honor Task Force, the Borinqueneers – the Puerto Rican fighting force in the Korean War.
“To get these back, I just… Years ago I said I guessed I lost them someplace and they show up in an auction house, and I want to thank you very much for finding them,” Larkin told the Borinqueneers.
This particular trunk, stenciled with Larkin’s name, rank and serial number, was found along with several others in a Poughkeepsie Army and Navy store.
Larkin remembers where he was the last time he saw the trunk.
“I was just getting off the USS United States with my family and I was on my way to the Pentagon,” he said.
Larkin served there for three years.
Antonio Rivera of Orange County, a military memorabilia enthusiast, was the one who found the truck and he had a message for Larkin.        
“I want to thank you for your service and for what you have done for our country,” Rivera told the 87-year-old lawmaker. “It is amazing that a major like you fought for us and now you are a senator. You never stop serving and we have to thank you,” Rivera told him during a ceremony in his New Windsor office.
Before being reunited with Larkin, the trunk was on display in a military exhibit in New York City. 

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