US Military Academy at West Point/Answered Question

Expert: Bill Taylor
Subject: Puerto Ricans graduates of West Point
Question: QUESTION: Dear Sir,

I am a writer of Puerto Rican military related issues. I would like a list of names of the people from Puerto Rico who have been appionted to the Academy bu the Pr Government and their date of graduation. I know that MG. Luis R. Esteves was the first. I am especailly interested in Col. Virgil R. Miller, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Thank you

ANSWER: Hi, Tony, it's good to hear from you.  Thanks for your interest in West Point.  I apologize for the delay in responding as I have been trying to find someone at West Point who might know of any records kept about ethnic groups graduating from West Point.  So far I have NOT been able to find anyone who knows that such information (e.g. list) is available.  

As to the two names you reference, I searched the "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets" published annually by the West Point Association of Graduates and found NO graduate with the last name "Esteves".  Are you sure of the spelling?  As to COL Miller I found the following summary:

    Virgil Rasmuss Miller

    Cullum Number - 7577
    Class of - 1924
     
    Born-11Nov00
    Place-PR
    Appointment-
    Branch-Inf
    Obituary-Summer 69

The "Register" also lists his personal history as follows:

T-PAEM
XO & CO 442Inf SS-LM-2BSM-CI
PMST LehighU 49-51
JAMMAT 51-52
PMST UMI 52
Ret 54 COL
D-Ann Arbor MI 5Aug68

There are too many abbreviations here, but I'll try to help as best I can:

T—Theatre or area of operations during World War II (is followed by one or more letters to indicate the particular theatre or area)
PA—Philippine Army
EM-??
XO-Exeuctive Officer
CO-Commanding Officer
442Inf-442nd Infantry (Battalion or Regiment)
SS-Silver Star Medal
LM-Legion of Merit Medal
BSM-Bronze Star Medal
CI-Combat Infantry Badge
PMST-Professor of Military Science & Tactics
JAMMAT—Joint American Military Mission for Aid to Turkey
UMI-University of Michigan

I hope that helps regarding COL Miller.

Back to the list of Puerto Rican graduates, a manual search of the "Register" since 1924 "might" reveal the graduates "born" in PR, but not those of PR ancestry born elsewhere.  The "Register" can be found in most large libraries.

If you have any better information on MG Esteves please feel free to contact me at billt@virtualwp.org and I will see what else I can do to help you.

Good luck in your quest.

Best Regards,

Bill Taylor
Gambrills, MD


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QUESTION: Thank you Bill,

In regard to MG. Luis Raul Esteves Völckers he was the first Puerto Rican to graduate from the United States Military Academy (West Point), on June 19, 1915. He was classmates with Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley.  Could you find out for me if there is a "Register" which also lists his personal history? Thank you. Tony Santiago A.K.A. "Tony the Marine"

ANSWER: It's good to hear from you again, Tony.  Esteves IS his last name in the records and I cannot account why the online search did not find him last night.  In any event here is his "Register" information:

Luis Raul Esteves

Cullum Number - 5409
Class of - 1915
     
Born-30Apr93
Place-PR
Appointment-
Branch-Inf
Obituary-Fall 58

History  
Instr & CO OTC PR 17-18 MAJ
Resd 19 CPT
BG TAG PR 39
CG PR Mobiles Fcs 40 LM
MG PRNG 48 to Ret 57
D-San Juan Puerto Rico 12Mar58

And here is some help with abbreviations:
OTC(S)—Officers Training Camp (School)
TAG—The Adjutant General (he was the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico in 1939
Fcs—Forces
PRNG-Puerto Rico National Guard

I hope that helps in your research.  Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Best Regards,

Bill Taylor
Gambrills, MD



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QUESTION: Dear Bill,

First of all, let me wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. I would also like to thank you for all of the help that you have provided me in my past requests. Here is a copy of the article which I wrote about Col. Virgil R. Miller: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil_R._Miller

I would like your help once more in obtaining any information on Colonel Antulio Segarra a 1927 West Point  Grad. who also graduated from The General Staff College in 1942.
Thank you,

Tony Santiago
a.k.a.
Tony the Marine
Answer: Hi, Tony, it's good to hear from you again.  I apologize for the extended delay in responding, as I was consumed all last week with responsibilities of running the Army Tailgate for 2000 fans at the Army/Navy game last Saturday in Baltimore.  The Tailgate was a great success.  Too bad the game was so dismal for our side.

Here's the information I found in the Register:

Antulio Segarra

Cullum Number 8179
USMA Class of 1927

Born Puerto Rico 20 Jan 1906
Admitted to West Point as a Candidate At-Large
Commissioned in the Infantry;
Company Commander 10th Infantry 1929;
Military Aide to the Military Governor of Puerto Rico (Theodore Roosevelt) 1929-1931;
Served with the 18th Infantry Ft Wadsworth, NY and Camp Dix Civilian Conservation Corps 1932-1936;
Commander 296th PR Infantry 1942-1943 [awarded the Legion of Merit and Commendation Ribbon];
Commander 65th Infantry in North Africa 1943-1944;
G4 SW Command Japan 1950-1951, Camp Commander 1951 [awarded the Legion of Merit];
Senior Advisor and Instructor to PR National Guard 1952-1955;
Inspector General of 3rd Army 1955-1957;
Requirements Section, National Guard Bureau, Wash DC;
Retired in 1957 as a Colonel;
VP 1S&L Associates 1957 to 1981;
Died in San Juan Puerto Rico 13 Sep 1999

I hope this helps your research.  Thanks for your patience.

Best Regards,

Bill Taylor
Gambrills, MD

Bill Taylor
USMA Class of 1970
"Serve with Integrity"

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