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CEIBA & VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO
Esta hermosa & y muy bien elaborada pieza, tamaño Peso y de terminación en Bronce revestido en esmalte a colores, está basada en el parcho y logo de la base naval Roosevelt Roads, nos recuerda uno de los momentos mas decisivos del pueblo puertorriqueño en el siglo XX, cuando como David contra Goliad, la gente se levantó en contra de la armada, para dar fin a los abusos y la contaminación producto de las prácticas militares en la Isla Nena de Vieques, impulsado con el bombardeo sobre la torre donde laborara el guardia de seguridad local D. Sanes. El reverso de la medalla muestra el escudo de la armada americana por detrás. Esta medalla, ya difícil de hallar antes de que la marina saliera de la isla de Vieques, Es ya rara y casi imposible de obtener al presente, ya a casi una decada de la salida de la marina y el cierre permanente de la base, cuyas operaciones se mudaron a Australia, en el Pacífico sur.
This is arare medal, impossible to acquire elsewhere. This is very particular piece, which is Morgan Dollar sized, and made out of bronze with enamel of brilliant colors, represents the rise and fall of the United States Navy in Puerto Rico. Its obverse features the beautiful logo of this Naval Station, its reverse showing the legendary shield of the Navy.
The Navy, which can trace its history on the island since its invasion by the U.S. in 1898 as part of the Spanish American War, had had several smaller posts around, such as the San Juan Naval Base in Miramar, which closed in the 1960's as the metropolitan area sprawled around, and the smaller radar stations of Sabana Seca, Isla de Cabras, & Fort Allen, all closed by the 1980's.
On the aftermath of WWII the U.S. Navy was provided with a large sway of land to the East of Ceiba, and North of Naguabo, which would also include about half of both the Islands of Culebra and Vieques, the biggest US military installation ever outside of the Continental United States, what came to be the USNS Roosevelt Roads. Such a thing, even though brought a short huge surge of temporary jobs for construction purposes, on the long run it imposed a great harm to the local economy, due to the fact it literally wiped out dozens of cattle farms and Sugar plantations, to include half a dozen processing refineries, and hundreds of smaller ventures, even disrupting the local communications, both by land, and most important, by sea, since the triagle made between the inland coastal base and the two islands became off limits to fishermen and passenger vessels.
Poor areas became poorer still, many younger people moving to work elsewhere, to metropolitan areas, or specially, moving by the thousands to the mainland US. The fact was that since many locals had very little education nor spoke English, inside jobs in the base were often given to family members of the military, but specially outsourced to private contractors from the mainland US, adding to the ever increasing operational costs of the base, which couldn't sustain itself, despite its huge size.
As the training operations began, bombing and raiding the coastlines of the islands became common wargames, it brought the use of real bombs, leaving thousands of hectares with a lunar, crater ridden lands, some with unexploded devices, and all spreading highly dangerous carcinogenics and radioactive debris, impacting both the wildlife and the environment. Nowadays, the amount of locals in Vieques and Culebra with cancer and all sorts of other maladies related to this is 5 times as higher than on the main island.
Because of this, the people of Culebra got together and demanded the Navy to withdraw in the 1970's, its lands owned by the Navy given to the Dept of the Interior for wild life reserves. Then, in the 1990's a Navy fighter bombed a populated area close to downtown Vieques, killing and wounding several, which got its locals together to petition the departure of the military. After much Commonwealth and Federal investigation, plus numerous manifestations and parades all around PR, it was determined for the Naval Station to close permanently, its current operations moved to Australia. I personaly spent 6 months working in it, and remember it as headquarters to the Navy's training missions with friendly navies of European and Latinamerican countries, and also home to many elite groups, such as Navy Seals Team 4, and a unit of Sea Bees Engineers. It also ran the best hospital in the Caribbean, probably giving better care then than the care many hospitals give nowadays in the mainland US!
Attached are some aerial photos of the installations in Ceiba and Vieques (currently that island's civil airport) These medals come from a small lot acquired. No idea how many were made. Buy now, leaving it for later may cost you not seen this item ever again!
EMPAQUE: CADA MONEDA VIENE ENPACADA EN PLASTICO 2" X 2"
("COIN FLIP"), ENVIADA ENTRE DOS CARTONES EN SOBRE REFORZADO POR
FUERA CON FUERTE PLASTICO ADHESIVO.
DE RECIBO: 10
DIAS LABORABLES, SIN IMPORTAR LO QUE DIGA . HACEMOS ENVIOS SOLO 1 VEZ POR
SEMANA. SI NO ESTA DE ACUERDO, NO COMPRE.
ENVIOS EN ESTADOS UNIDOS: COMPRAS INMEDIATAS POR “BUY IT NOW” SE
ENVIAN GRATIS; SUBASTAS GANAS PAGARAN: $2.99 POR 1ER ITEM GANO, + $0.99
CENTAVOS POR ARTICULO ADICIONAL GANO. USTED NO PAGARA MAS DE $6.95 EN SUBASTAS
GANAS, YA SEA QUE GANE 5 O 500 ARTICULOS. ITEMS COMPRADOS POR “BUY IT NOW”
NUNCA PAGARAN GASTOS DE ENVIO.
ENVIOS AL EXTRANJERO: (NOTA: SI USTED PREFIERE OTRO METODO
DE ENVIO MAS ECONOMICO, ENVIENOS UN MENSAJE ANTES DE COMPRAR ESTE ARTICULO.)
SI COMPRA EL ARTICULO, USTED SE HACE RESPONSABLE DE PAGAR EL COSTE SEGÚN .
PAGARA $17 USD POR ENVIO GLOBAL PRIORITARIO CON CODIGO DE RASTREO, YA SEA PARA
SOBRE CON BURBUJA O CAJA PEQUEÑA. SI EL ENVIO REQUIERE CAJA GRANDE, LE
ENVIAREMOS UN COBRO POR EL TOTAL DE ENVIO A PAGAR. NOSOTROS NO IMPONEMOS EL
COSTE DEL ENVIO. EL ALZA EN ENVIOS AL EXTRANJERO RESPONDE AL NUEVO PROGRAMA
DE PROTECCION AL CLIENTE, DONDE SOMOS RESPONSABLES ANTE CUALQUIER ARTICULO
PERDIDO QUE NO TENGA CODIGO DE SEGUIMIENTO (Y POR LO TANTO NO ASEGURADO POR
PACKAGING: Each coin comes in a
2"x2" coin flip, or a coin capsule, and sent well padded within thick
card board or bubble wrap in an envelope wrapped in hard plastic tape.
WAITING TIME: 10 working days
from day payment is received, regardless of what may want to shovel us to
do. We can only ship ONCE a week, for we
are teachers. If time is of the essence to you, DO NOT BUY from us.
SHIPPING WITHIN U.S.A.: “Buy it now”
items will always ship free. saleed items won will pay $2.99 for 1st
item, and 99 cents for each additional item won. 6th item won and up
will not pay shipping, so no matter if you win 5 or 500 items, you will never
pay more than $6.95 in total shipping charges.
FOREIGN COUNTRIES: (NOTICE: If
you want an alternative method of shipping, email us first! Purchasing anything
here is a commitment to follow my shipping rules). Shipping will go
via Global Priority with Delivery Confirmation tracking number, at the rate of $20 USD to CANADA / $24 to WORLDWIDE for
a big envelope or small box. In case of a heavier item or lot, wait on us to
invoice you the total. Please, understand that the rise in the cost of shipping
to overseas is due to ’s Customer Protection Policy, in which anything not
sent with tracking number will not be insured under such policy. We do not set
the shipping prices!
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Note: We are collectors of Medals, Coins, Tokens, Worker Tags, and Currency once used in Puerto Rico. We are very eager to offer you sumsbeyond American catalogue prices !!!! Of course, we also offer ourselves to design your company's PIN, medal, key chain, metal stamps, you name it, any advertising souvenir or award made out of a variety of metal alloys, even silver & gold! Extremely competitive prices, with quotes within 72 hours. Write us.
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