A retired U.S. Army Colonel Manuel Siverio is a veteran of World War II
and Korea. The son of families that immigrated to Puerto
Rico from Tenerife in the Canary Islands in the late
eighteenth century, he lost both his parents to a highly
contagious disease at an early age.
His humble beginnings did not deter him from trying to get ahead. He
believes there was a divine guidance to help him decide what
was best for him to compensate for the loss of his parents
when was five years old.
He left the Army voluntarily at the end of World War II and had the
courage to start college when he was twenty-five years of
age. He returned to the Army at the start of the Korean War.
For his leadership in combat
in the Korean War he was awarded two bronze star medals for
His career included being appointed to a high ranking federal position in