How Filipino WWII Soldiers Were Written Out of History priceonomics.com
“..By late November, the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) was formed as the merger of the Philippine Commonwealth army and the US Armed Forces stationed in the Philippines. General Douglas MacArthur was made commander of the USAFFE. Ultimately, the allied forces in the Philippine campaign from 1941-1942 consisted of 120,000 Filipino troops and 30,000 American troops, some of whom were Filipino Americans. ..
The Filipino immigrants who were living in the U.S. and had served with the U.S. military during the war returned to civilian life as American citizens. But the Filipinos who enlisted from within the Philippines were not so fortunate. In 1946, President Truman signed the Rescission Act, which retroactively annulled the offer of citizenship and any veterans benefits promised to Filipino troops under measures like the G.I. Bill. Only four thousand Filipino World War II veterans obtained citizenship before the rescission….
As part of the 2009 stimulus bill, Obama payed out a lump sum to surviving Filipino veterans. Filipino American citizens who served in the war were given $15,000, Filipinos who served in the war were given $9,000….
Bataan Death March
Filipino Survivors of Bataan Death March Mark 75th Anniversary in San Francisco April 8, 2017 4:00 PM sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Ramon Regalado was starving and sick with malaria when he slipped away from his Japanese captors during the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March in the Philippines, escaping a brutal trudge through steamy jungle that killed hundreds of Americans and thousands of Filipinos who fought for the U.S. during World War II…
More than 250,000 Filipino soldiers served in World War II, when the Philippines were a U.S. territory. But after the war ended, President Harry Truman signed laws that stripped away promises of benefits and citizenship for Filipino veterans.
Only recently have they won back some concessions and acknowledgment, including the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. The veterans also received lump-sum payments as part of the 2009 stimulus law.
An estimated 18,000 Filipino veterans of World War II are still alive and living in the U.S.
Tens of thousands of Filipino and U.S. troops were forced on the 65-mile (105-kilometer) march and Gaerlan said as many as 650 Americans and 10,000 Filipinos died in stifling heat and at the hands of Japanese soldiers who shot, bayoneted or beat soldiers who fell or stopped for water.
More than 80 percent of those forced on the march were Filipino.
After they arrived at a prison camp set up at Camp O’Donnell, she said, an additional 1,600 Americans and 20,000 Filipinos died from dysentery, starvation and disease…
When the war broke out, Regalado was a member of the Philippine Scouts, a military branch of the U.S. Army for Filipino soldiers.
He and two other soldiers were assigned to feed horses during the march and slipped away when guards were not watching them, Regalado said.
A farmer took in the three, even though the penalty for doing so was death. All were sick with malaria. Only Regalado survived.
He went on to join a guerrilla resistance movement against the Japanese and moved in 1950 to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for the U.S. military.
Regalado credits his survival and long life to his high morale.
While being cared for by the farmer, he recalls telling himself: “I’m not going to die.””
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One of the most elaborate and glorious rescues to have never been told in World War 2 was called for. But the Americans cannot do it alone. They called for Filipinos Guerillas Soldiers for the United States Army Forces of the Far East. The raid on Cabanatuan remains the most successful rescue mission in U.S. military history. It was a tremendous success that help push forward in the independence of the Philippines.”
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Palawan Massacre December 14, 1944
Palawan Grave 1945
In May 1945, Acting Secretary of State and former US Ambassador to Japan Joseph Grew protested to the Japanese government “the brutal massacre of one hundred fifty prisoners of war at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines Islands, by the personnel of Ogawa [Toru Ogawa, a company commander in the 131st Airfield Battalion] Tai Construction Corps.”
He angrily charged, ”Such barbaric behavior on the part of the Japanese armed forces is an offense to all civilized people.” His reprimand barely captures the awfulness of the Palawan Massacre in the Philippines on December 14, 1944….”
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Veteran’s Day tribute to the Philippine Scouts”
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US Rangers, Alamo Scouts, and Filipino guerrillas, on mission to rescue POWs from Japanese prison camp in World War II
Soldiers of US Army 6th Ranger Battalion, Alamo Scouts, and Filipino guerrillas setting out on a mission to rescue American prisoners of war from a prison camp behind Japanese lines in the Philippines, during World War 2. They move out on foot and ford a stream on their way. Location: Cebu Philippines. Date: January 1945.
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a scene form the 2008 movie “The Great Raid”,
Filipino Guerillas together with some american ranger were smashed the Japanese by a suprise attack, wipping them out using the old version of machine gun..
the battle took place outside of Cabanatuan city, Nueva Ecija in the early of 1945, which the operation that night was to liberate the America prisoners of war from the brutal Japanese prison guard..”
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Damon “Rocky” Gause lived one of the most incredible escape stories of World War II.
Involved in the Bataan Death March and then the fall of Corregidor island, Gause and another American, in a leaky old fishing boat, travelled from the Philippine Islands all the way to Australia and the doorstep of General Douglas MacArthur, who could not beleive the men survived their 159 day ordeal in the open ocean.
The Gause story has an ending you won’t believe. The story of Damon “Rocky” Gause and his great escape from the Japanese in WWII is inspirational and will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.
War Journal: The Incredible WWII Escape of Major Damon Rocky Gause tpt.org
“WAR JOURNAL: THE INCREDIBLE WORLD WAR II ESCAPE OF MAJOR DAMON “ROCKY” GAUSE tells the true story of one of the most impossible escapes in World War II. American airman Damon “Rocky” Gause escaped a prison camp on the Bataan Peninsula in 1942, swam to nearby Corregidor Island, and then sailed with U.S. serviceman William Lloyd Osborne in a leaky 20-foot fishing boat from the Philippines to Australia. Fifty-two days and 3,200 miles later, the two Americans reached freedom. Despite facing typhoons, constant threats from Japanese ships, submarines and airplanes, a lack of water and food, and even a visit to the world’s largest leper colony, both Gause and Osborne survived to recount their harrowing ordeal. Filmed in Bataan, Corregidor, and in Manila, the 90-minute documentary is narrated by three-time Emmy Award-winning daytime soap opera star Chandler Massey. Actor Kyle Chandler (NBC’s Friday Night Lights and the films Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Carol) provides the voice of Rocky Gause, with Tom Kane voicing William Lloyd Osborne.”
War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Major Damon “Rocky” Gause
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War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Major Damon “Rocky” Gause
The true story of one of the most incredible escapes in all of World War II, with an ending that will surprise viewers. Two Americans, Damon Gause and William Lloyd Osborne, both escapees of Bataan-“Rocky” Gause from Corregidor and escaped and sailed from the Philippines to Australia and freedom. It took Gause and Osborne 52 days and 3,200 miles to reach freedom. During the trip the Americans faced typhoons, constant threats from Japanese ships, submarines and airplanes, lack of water and food and even a visit to the world’s largest leper colony. When the two Americans finally arrived at General Douglas MacArthur’s office in Brisbane, Australia after their harrowing journey, the only thing one of the war’s most famous generals could say was “Well, I’ll be damned.” What makes this story so amazing is that both men kept a journal during their travels and also had a small camera on board given to them on one of the islands they visited. We have their daily thoughts and emotions to guide us during their long and treacherous journey, plus some incredible photographs that the men took on their trip.
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