Admiral Horacio Rivero, Jr.

May 16, 1910 is the birthday of Admiral Horacio Rivero, Jr. the first Puerto Rican four-star Admiral and second Latino to become a full Admiral in the modern US Navy.  Rivero graduated from the US Naval Academy, ranking third in his class of 441.  He served in World War II in the Pacific theater, earning the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and the Legion of Merit.  In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Rivero served in the blockade of Cuba.  His last position in his 45 year career was as Commander-in-Chief of the allied forces for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  In 1972 President Richard Nixon appointed Rivero as Ambassador to Spain; he was also the first Hispanic in this office.

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