William Miranda Marín
|23rd Mayor of Caguas, Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||Ángel O. Berríos|
|Succeeded by||William Miranda Torres|
|Born||September 23, 1940|
Caguas, Puerto Rico
|Died||June 4, 2010 (aged 69)|
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Political party||Popular Democratic Party (PPD)|
|Spouse(s)||Carmen Sara Torres|
|Profession||Accountant, Lawyer, General|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||Army National Guard|
|Years of service||1959-1993|
|Commands||Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard|
The son of José Miranda Gómez, a sugar cane cutter, and Rafaela Marín, a tobacco stripper, Miranda Marín was born in the Tomás de Castro sector of rural Caguas. and graduated from the José Gautier Benítez High School in Caguas in 1957. Four years later, he earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. In 1969 he completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras and was admitted to the bar in 1970.
On September 18, 2009, Miranda Marín announced he was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. On June 4, 2010 at 7:45 in the morning, Miranda Marín died in the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico after battling his illness.
Miranda Marín held top positions at Empresas Díaz and the San Juan Cement Co. from 1979 to 1990, among them treasurer, executive vice-president, and co-chairman of the board. Before seeking public office for the first time in 1996, he devoted three years to housing and commercial development. Miranda Marín also served as member and treasurer of the board of the Puerto Rico Health Services Corp., as chairman of the board of the San Juan Children's Choir, and as chairman of the board of the Community Services Institute.
Political career and public service
He served as executive vice president of the Government Development Bank from 1973 to 1975, as executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority from 1975 to 1976, and He also served as executive director of the Office for Improvement of the Public Schools of Puerto Rico from 1990 to 1992.
Miranda Marín also was the chairman of the U.S. Democratic Party Chapter of Puerto Rico, secretary-general of the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico (PPD), chairman of the PPD Status Commission, and president of the Puerto Rico Mayors Association. Until his death, he was chairman of the board of the Municipal Revenue Collections Center (CRIM by its acronym in Spanish). His candidacy had been considered by the Popular Democratic Party (PPD by its acronym in Spanish) to be a viable contender for the Governorship of Puerto Rico.
William Miranda Marín served for 36 years in the Puerto Rico National Guard starting as Private E-1 enlisted citizen-soldier in 1959 until his retirement in 1993 as the Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard with the rank of Major General (1990–1992). While commanding the Puerto Rico National Guard, MG William Miranda Marín founded the PRNG Institutional Trust (FIGNA). Attended the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Miranda Marín retired from the Puerto Rico Army National Guard in 1993.
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Achievement Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass Device)
- Army Service Ribbon
- Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
Puerto Rico National Guard decorations
- Puerto Rico National Guard Merit Cross
- Puerto Rico National Guard Service Medal
- Puerto Rico National Guard Exemplary Conduct Ribbon
- Puerto Rico National Guard Civil Disturbance Ribbon
- Puerto Rico National Guard Disaster Relief Ribbon
Miranda Marín's views were regarded as soberanista, which seeks more sovereign political powers from the US outside the current framework of E.L.A. (Estado Libre Asociado).
Mayor of Caguas
On January 13, 1997 Miranda Marín became the mayor of Caguas and had since won re-election in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
The building of the institutional trust of the National Guard of Puerto Rico on State Road #1 from Caguas to Río Piedras at the former facilities of Euro Bank, was posthumously named General William Miranda Marín.
- Carmona, José L. (November 28, 2002). "Person Of The Year, Public Sector: William Miranda Marin". Caribbean Business. Retrieved 2006-04-29.
- "Confirman William Miranda Marín tiene cáncer en el páncreas". Primera Hora. September 18, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
Ángel O. Berríos
| Mayor of Caguas, Puerto Rico
1997 - 2010
William Miranda Torres
Major General Alfredo J. Mora
| Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard
Under Governor Rafael Hernández Colón
1990 - 1993
Major General Emilio Díaz Colón