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Entry: 89233
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
SON OF SGT SERVANDO A.. TIO

SERVANDO TIO JR wrote on June 26, 2014


City and State: DAKIT, SAN FRANCISCO SL

Unit: 20 BCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I WANT TO TRACE MY SISTER IN SOUTH KOREA . SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF SGT SERVANDO ADOBAS TIO FROM 20 BATTALLION COMBAT TEAM PEFTOK WHILE HE WAS ASSIGNED IN THE UNIT DURING KOREAN WAR. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO FIND HER OR HER FAMILIES.

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Entry: 89012
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
DAUGTHER OF A PEFTOK VETERAN

TET MAQUIÑANA wrote on May 27, 2014


City and State: CAVITE

Unit: 14TH BCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Daughter of late Policarpio L. Maquiñana,PEFTOK veteran 14th bct

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Entry: 88171
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
10TH BCT PEFTOK

EFRAIN CABAYAO JR. wrote on January 23, 2014


City and State: ILOILO PH

Unit: 10TH BC, PECTOK

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: my father is the late Juanito l. cabayao, a member of peftok, 10th bct.


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Entry: 88170
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
10TH BCT PEFTOK

EFRAIN CABAYAO JR. wrote on January 23, 2014


City and State: ILOILO PH

Unit: 10TH BC, PECTOK

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: my father is the late Juanito l. cabayao, a member of peftok, 10th bct.


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Entry: 87424
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
LOOKING FOR THE LIST OF FILIPINO SOLDIER FOUGHT IN KOREAN WAR

DAYBIE DAIRO DELEON wrote on October 18, 2013


City and State: SAN MATEO RIZAL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: i am daybie dairo deleon, granddaughter of the late narciso dairo
sr who fought in korean war..i am looking for the list of names
of those soldiers but did not find any in the internet..i will be
very happy seeing those names and pictures posted in a site in
memory of them..i am only 34 yrs old today and i dont have the
clear picture on what is it before and i am only relying on what
my grandfather told me when he's still living..i hope u can make
the simple request of mine and i also believed that it is one of
the ultimate desire of the family members of the filipino
soldiers who risk their lives in that said korean war..thanks and
regards..



Entry: 86752
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
MY FATHER WAS A MEMBER OF THE 19TH BCT AND I AM THE FIRST FILIPINO BORN AFTER THE KOREAN WAR

MANOLITO VILLAMOR wrote on July 19, 2013


City and State: MANDALUYONG CITY

Unit: 19TH BCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am Manolo Villamor, son of Ernesto Villamor and Myong Boon
Mook. My father was a member of PEFTOK 19th BCT who fought in
Korea for two years, 1952 to 1953. While in Korea, he met and
fell in love with my mother, Myong Boon Mook. I was the first
Filipino born from a PEFTOK war veteran on May 18, 1954 at the
Army Station Hospital, Fort McKinley. My father died in 1989 due
to an illness while my Korean mother died in October 1962 on a
flight to Manila. I was only 8 years old that time so I had vague
memories
of my childhood experiences with my mother. I have an older
sister in Korea whom I haven't met and I've been searching for
her till now, so with other relatives of my mother.I cherish my
father's PEFTOK experience because this was how I came into this
world and this is also the reason why I am determined to meet my
relatives in Korea. I really hope that my father's fellow 19th
BCT soldiers can help me in anyway.


Keywords: 19th BCT, Myong Boon Mook, Army Station Hospital, Fort McKinley


Entry: 84183
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
FAMILY MEMBER OF 14TH BCT, PEFTOK SOLDIER

ULYSSES GUILLERMO wrote on September 16, 2012


City and State: MANILA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Want to add my father's information.

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Entry: 83973
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
DAUGHTER OF KOREAN PEPTOK MEMBER (+)

GLORIA CRUZ JR. wrote on August 21, 2012


City and State: NORZAGARAY, BULACAN

Unit: 20TH BCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Just want to be a member here to update the details re:
Peptok...


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Entry: 83900
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
ALAMINOS BOY BERNARDO RANCHEZ

MELINDA GRUBA wrote on August 14, 2012


City and State: QUEZON MM

Unit: 19TH BCT

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: I am the daughter of Bernardo Ranchez of the 19th
BCT. His alias is ALaminos Boy because he is
from Alaminos, Pangasinan. A lot of stories about
his exploit in Korea has circulated with in the
family and friends and my father has attained
a legendary status among his peers and relatives.


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Entry: 83716
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
MEMORIES OF THE KOREAN WAR

ALMA BELLA SUBIDO-TANDAYU wrote on July 24, 2012


City and State: ILAGAN, ISABELA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father is a Korean War Veteran who belongs to 19th
BCT PEFTOK. HE is 83 years old by September 2012 and he
always have memories to share to us, his children and
his grandchildren, about the things that transpired
during the Korean War. He enjoyed those times despite
of the fact that he placed his life in the frontline
for the purpose of the war.
I would like to ask how can he be invited to activities
regarding PEFTOK since he is not receiving
communications lately about the activities of PEFTOK now.
Thank you!


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Entry: 83509
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
THIS IS FOR MY FATHER

SILVERIO NACARIO wrote on June 30, 2012


City and State: CAPAS, TARLAC PH

Unit: LIGHT ARMOR DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I'm SSg Silverio F Nacario 800801 (Cavalry)Philippine
Army a son of a PEFTOK Veteran MSg Chrisostomo
Nacario he was a proud member of the 10th BCT as what
they motto said STEADY ON. I never heared any story
of korean War from him. Actually my father was died
already. He was died when I was grade in 3 way back
in 1981. I guest sometimes that the reason why he did
not tell us any story of that war because he don't
want that his sons will become an army like him. But
actually I am a fifth of his son who entered in the
military service. One day as an armor and cavalry
trained personnel, sometimes in our division
headquarters we are commemorating the act of heroism
of late Cpt Yap who died in the Battle of Yultong,
Korea a member of 10th BCT which is my father's unit
too. In my curiousity, I red the citation of the
award, history and listned to some stories of PEFTOK
Veterans. I can't really immagine of what really
transfired those days. As a soldier right now, the
next time that I will visit him in the Libingan ng
mga Bayani the best award and recognition that I can
give to my father is to give him a proud salute for
his job well done.


Keywords: battle of yultong


Entry: 83206
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
20TH BCT

VALENCIA DE GUZMAN wrote on May 31, 2012


City and State: PAGATPAT, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY

Unit: 20TH BCT PEFTOK

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am Valencia Aboy-De Guzman a daughter of Diego
Limen Aboy Sr., my father was a member of 20th BCT
with the motto WE LEAD. When I was a kids he used
to tell us the stories about their life in Korea he
has a book 20BCT PEFTOK and one of the pages quoted
their as he was the first filipino who stand the flag
in Korea. I salute to my father's bravery,
courage ,being a humble man and a husband. Even he
has hard time to sent us to school because we are all
11 alive but he managed all of us finished out
studies without using the benefits of educational
planned he always says that our government has a lot
of problem. I'm 9th out of 11 simblings when I was in
college I heard already the educational benefits of
Korean Vet. One day my father wish if he has the
money to renovate our house in Pangantucan Bukidnon
lately this 2000 when we transfer to CDO. I told him
I know you have a money but we need to apply then,
year 2003 I was on leave for 3 months we I process
all his papers for old age pension he was on his 70's
that time. I research in PVAO if he was entitled as
Korean Vet. and his last assignment at Camp
Evangelista, Patag Cagayan De Oro City. He resigned
since there was a decree that a settler could own a
land we end up to Bukidnon where he start for a
living as a farmer to support his children needs.
and early 2004 he started receiving the pension till
now. I thank God he is great for having a father like
him, but sad to know his memory started to
deteriorate when he got a mild stroke last 2006 and
now it complicate with his diabetis. We
brother,sister, grand son/daughter try to sustained
his medication so that he still with us.

My cousin Nang Bebe when Korea accidentaly she
passed a monument during the korean war and she saw
my father and confirmed his name was written there
she could not express her feelings whether she was
day dreaming only. I wanted to know if you know this
monument I wanted to see it, if I could carry my
father if God's well I will do it. He is 84 years old
this coming Sept 7 and his great smile makes me
strong also here in abroad knowing the hardship he
did before. He still romantic to my mother he never
eat if mother is not around, before I remember my
father will drink a fighter-wine that is specialty in
our town before, after finishing 1 bottle he will
start being talkative and she will sang their moto WE
LEAD and dance with my Nanay. I salute also to my
Nanay for great love,patience and sacrifice for my
father specialy during this days. I LOVE YOU TAY STAY
STRONG.

20th BCT



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Entry: 82989
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
ADD TO YOUR FILE

ELVIRA LIMEN wrote on May 11, 2012


City and State: MANDUG, DAVAO CITY

Unit: FA BTRY 10TH BCT PEFTOK

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: This may be late because my father LUDOVICO BANDAY
BEDREJO who passed away in October 1998 will not know
about this anymore. Yet, after almost 30 years of
service in the Armed Forces of the Philippines retiring
in 1976 as 2nd Lieutenent,I believe that even how small
his part in this Korean War endeavor he still deserves
to be included and remembered. As a member of the 10th
BCT Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea where he
served from September 1950 to October 1951, he would
talk of his part and his most memorable moment of
seeing the young journalist Benigno Aquino. As a
daughter, I am happy finding this site as I was
searching for the address of PEFTOK Veterans
Association, Incorporated here in Mindanao,
Philippines. As I am based here in Davao City, I do
hope to be able to find and connect with the
association. May I also be enlightened if anyone knows
of the existence of PEFTOK Investment and Development
Corporation and of its address. Thank you so much for
giving honor to all PEFTOK Veterans. May God bless us
all, PEFTOK veterans and families.


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Entry: 82436
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
10TH BCT

DOMINGO FALCULAN JR. wrote on March 12, 2012


City and State: QUEZON CITY

Unit: BRAVO COMPANY

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father 2LT Domingo F. Falculan Sr.(deceased),is a
member of the 10BCT,a young soldier at the age of 17,
landed on Korean soil as his first assignment,came home
with a rank of S/SGT.Fresh from Korea he was assigned
to the northern Phil,in Isabela.His superior officer
was Gen.Vicente Evidente,who like my father,married a
modest woman from that province.
When we were growing up he would tell us stories of how
he and his battalion courageously fought the
communists.Teary-eyed,but with pride in his voice he
narrated to us so vividly the Battles of Yultong and
Pusan.As a very young soldier,he would sense death all
around,smell of gunpowder and seeing deaths of his
comrades.Figthing was fierce behind enemy line.He
recounted to us the 38th Parralel.These stories were
repeated to us from time to time,perhaps to make sure
we will not forget.He would recall names of comrades
with their particular stories.He would laugh of one
account that they were about to position themselves on
a strategic position, single file walking in the night,
utterly cold,very apprehensive,it was dark.By dawn as
they rested they smell something sweet,to find out it
was orchard of green apples.Like children they feasted!
As human,he would dream of coming home but he bravely
set his mind not in a box.By God's mercy and grace he
did come home to his family alive!Came home in victory!
Steady on! A very fitting battle cry of gallant men!
My father revisited Korea in 1997,so happy and proud.He
told us that the fight they put up was not in vain!
Korea turned to be a very progressive country.He was so
proud to be a part of a beautiful history! We are so
proud also to be the children of a PEFTOKER who made
history in his lifetime!
I am his junior..PO2 Domingo F. Falculan Jr,from PDEA


Keywords: Domeng


Entry: 82381
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
REMEMBERING HISTORY

EVELYN FALCULAN-CAMARADOR wrote on March 7, 2012


City and State: GULOD MALAYA, SAN MATEO, RIZAL

Unit: BRAVO COMPANY, 10TH BCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Iam EVELYN FALCULAN CAMARADOR the daughter of ILT
Domingo F. Falculan Sr., who belongs to the PEFTOK 10th
BCT. I am very happy to be sharing the story of a real
soldier to the end. We 7 siblings are very proud to
have a father like Lt. Domeng. He has given as a
very honorable legacy of what is a soldier and a
father.. He was in Korea at a very young age of 17. His
book about The fighting Tenth is a treasure to us,
well kept by the eldest among us. We used to narrate
Tatay's story to everyone in the family especially the
young, who did not have the opportunity to see him
live in color. his gallantry in combat, his
integrity as a man of principles and discipline.With
pride in his heart, he would tell his stories of the
Korean War.We love to hear it and ponder it in our
hearts. He did not leave behind us wealth, but more
than that. He left his best legacy ..the story of a
real soldier who fought many battles and have won to
the end. After retiring from the Philippine Army in
1976, still young and vigorous he worked as operation
manager for several security agencies then retired ,
entered politics in San Mateo, Rizal which he enjoyed a
lot serving his constituents as brgy kagawad.At same
time he was also active with the PEPTOK Veterans
Association and was a board of director until the time
of he went home to his Father in Sept 1, 2001; the
time in our family history when this soldier, a
PEFTOKER..reported to his true COMMANDER IN CHIEF..the
Lord Jesus Christ, his Savior and Lord. ILT Domingo F.
Falculan Sr. is a true soldier to the end. This
PEFTOKER accomplished his mission..as a soldier of
Christ! To God be the glory


Keywords: PEFTOKER


Entry: 80756
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
RETIRED 2ND LT. IRENIO DESAMITO

FRANCIS BALLESTEROS wrote on October 20, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I befriended with a south korean guy who served in the korean
army. Oneday at work i told him that my grandfather once served
during the Korean War. To my surprise, he stand infront of me and
bowed his head and repeatedly say "thank you". I was speechless
and almost cry knowing that there are millions of south koreans who
are greatful for the sacrifice that my grandfather gave for their
freedom.

One proud grandson of late 2nd Lt Irenio Desamito
Recon Company of the 19th BCT PEFTOK


Keywords: "Thank you"


Entry: 80256
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
INFO OF THE LATE JOSEFINO FARENAS

F. DEAN SR. wrote on September 4, 2011


City and State: SPRINGVALE VI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I'm one of the daughters of the late Col. Josefino Farenas (Ret). My father was a a lieutenant during the Korean War. He was in the 10th BCT(Philippine Army).Not quite sure but I think he was wounded in battle in Korea or during WW2 as I used to ask him how he got his bullet scar on his upper arm and he said he got it during the war. My dad was studying at PMA when WW2 broke out and when the Japanese invaded the Philippines he joined the guerilla force to fight the Japanese.Later on after the Korean war my dad joined the Philippine Air Force where he became a pilot including jetfighter planes.In the early 60's during the Vietnam war he was posted in Saigon,Vietnam as an military(air) attache.The family went with him.His job also required him to represent the Phil. in Cambodia and Laos.And as far as I know he did some reconnaisance as he was a pilot.Then back in Manila for a year until he was posted to Fernando Air Base,Batangas for 3-4 yrs as 3rd in command then later Deputy Base Commander. Whilst in this base, he was also Wing Commander of the Philippine Air Force Flying School, wherein during his command there were no flight accidents.After the post in Batangas it's back in Manila wherein during this time he was appointed head of the Defence College until his retirement from the air force in his late 40's. He had a stint at politics as Vice Mayor in his hometown of Dumalag,Capiz.Later on became a business consultant after doing a masters degree at Ateneo Uni.His thesis is archived at Philippine National Library.He died of a heart attack in 1981 at a fairly young age of 59. He was given a military funeral. My dad lived a full life and loved his military life/service.I'm very proud of my father.
F.A.Dean


Keywords: 10th BCT,Korean war veteran 


Entry: 79348
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
SSGT. GREGORIO D. ACEBU, 14TH BCT, PEFTOK

CLAIRE ACEBU wrote on June 18, 2011


City and State: SIBULAN, NEGROS OR.

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: i first wrote a comment here 5 years ago, to introduce my father, who was a PEFTOK war vet, of the 14th bct. Now, i am writing again, this time to inform his fellow Korean war veterans that SSgt Gregorio D. Acebu died of cardiogenic shock last Aug. 30. 2010. He died 3 months after his 84th birthday.

Keywords: ssgt gregorio acebu, 14th bct, peftok 


Entry: 79002
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MY FATHER'S UNIT

NANCY HARCAR wrote on May 24, 2011


City and State: FAIRLAWN OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father's military records were lost during a family move after his death in 1978. There was a massive fire in the army records office in 1973, so we have had a difficult time getting any information about his time in the service. From an old picture of him in his army uniform, we figured out from the patches that he served in the Philippine Battalion. Can anyone help me get more information about his unit, his time spent in Korea, maybe the medals he may have earned? There are 6 of us children and a grandchild that would love to have information about his time, request copies of his medals, etc., but we just cannot find the information.

Keywords: John Harcar, Philippine Battalion, Cleveland, Ohio 


Entry: 78102
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PHILIPPINE BATTALION-KOREAN WAR

REX RAFAEL COLLADO wrote on March 7, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: my grandfather,COL. ALFREDO PAMINTUAN (then Master
Sargeant) was deployed on Yultong.on that same night,my
grandpa was on the bedroom when the Chinese attacked.He
survived the volley of fire by covering on the sandbags
and dead bodies.His friends died on the battle...when he
got home,for his duty is over,he got 1 Gold Cross and the
rest are Gold and Silver Star.


Keywords: Alfredo Pamintuan,Battle of Yultong Bridge


Entry: 76910
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
NEPHEW OF A 10TH BCT TROOPER

VICTOR FRIVALDO wrote on November 24, 2010


City and State: MANILA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am a nephew of PFC FLORO FRIVALDO, 10th BCT. He was
mission in action in Korea, one of those who never
returned. I would appeal for information about him, his
exploits in the korean war, or if there are other living
troopers who have information about him...all these will
be greatly appreciated...thank you


Keywords: 10th bct peftok


Entry: 76776
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
14TH AVENGERS - PFC AQUILINO AGUSTIN

JACK wrote on November 15, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: SGT AQUILINO AGUSTIN (then PFC AGUSTIN) who served with the illustrious 14th Avengers BCT and was awarded the US Silver Star Medal for Gallantry In Action died last Thurdsay 11 November 2010. While on recon patrol, Agustin volunteered to retrieve the body of an enemy soldier after a clash, but was wounded by a burst from a burp gun. He was about to be captured by communist soldiers, when about to be dragged away he pulled a grenade from his armor vest. The explosion killed the two enemy soldiers and wounding him severely. Patrol comrades would later recall he was found in a pool of blood. BGEN PD Ginder, then Commanding General 45th awarded him the Silver Star at a field hospital. Upon his return from Korea, Agustin went on to serve his country as member of the Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police.

Keywords: SGT AQUILINO AGUSTIN (then PFC AGUSTIN) who served with the illustrious 14th Avengers BCT


Entry: 76631
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
19TH BCT - THE BLOODHOUND

DANILO BANTILAN wrote on November 5, 2010


City and State: MANGGAHAN, PASIG CITY

Unit: MIKE COY 19TH BCT PEFTOK

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father was the Late Corporal GREGORIO C. BANTILAN AFP SN# 523409 Philippine Army assigned to mike "coy" 19th BCT Peftok.

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Entry: 76052
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
CORRECTION ON 1ST ENTRY SUBMITTED

JULIET MAMARIL-BENDITA wrote on September 6, 2010


City and State: PASAY CITY

Unit: 10TH BCT (MY FATHER)

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am the 8th child of the late 2Lt Felix Donato Mamaril of 10th BCT unit in Korea.
Im very happy to share those moments when Im still young... I always look on the smallest size pictures inside a wallet diary of my father wherein you could see the pictures where he dropped-off from the plane and wearing a parachute. Everytime I saw the scars on his legs, it reminds me of his braveness during war. Hes so very handsome on his military attire and even when he died last Sep 3, 2007, he is still so handsome. I really really love my father. Youre great Tatay and were really very proud of you!!!


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Entry: 76051
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR

JULIET MAMARIL-BENDITA wrote on September 6, 2010


City and State: PASAY CITY

Unit: 10TH BCT (MY FATHER)

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am the 8th sibling of the late 2Lt Felix Donato Mamaril of 10th BCT unit in Korea.
Im very happy to share those moments when Im still young... I always look on the smallest size pictures inside a wallet diary of my father wherein you could see the pictures where he dropped-off from the plane and wearing a parachute. Everytime I saw the scars on his legs, it reminds me of his braveness during war. Hes so very handsome on his military attire and even when he died last Sep 3, 2007, he is still so handsome. I really really love my father. Youre great Tatay and were really very proud of you!!!


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Entry: 75966
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
BENIFITS OF MY FATHER AS KOREAN VETERAN

GERVACIO PADILLA JR. wrote on August 29, 2010


City and State: N/A N/

Unit: ROSARIO POLICE STATION, LUPPO

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: How much he received for as Korean Veteran

Keywords: Basyong


Entry: 75252
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
ME AND THE RUSSIAN ROCKET LAUNCHER

FRED SINCLAIR JR. wrote on June 27, 2010


City and State: BOERNE TX

Unit: COUNTER-MORTAR RADAR 10TH FIELD ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Me and the Russian Rocket Launcher
by Fred Sinclair

I would like to say I got it all by myself, but I didnt. It was just good military teamwork of the type we Americans are good at.
On a night in November, 1951, our division sector on the front line in Korea was under attack by the Chinese. I was in a bunker, carved into a hillside about halfway between the infantry and the artillery, operating a small counter-mortar radar set. The console was about the size of a modern computer and the electronics were somewhat similar. The antenna was outside in the open, and as it turned back and forth it bounced a radar beam off a small hill in front of the antenna. I had my hands on two knobs, one on each side of the console screen. One knob ran a small dot on the screen horizontally and the other ran the dot vertically.
A mortar fires a shell up into the sky at about a 60-degree angle, and the shell makes a large arc through the sky and comes down at about the same angle. Mortars are good for shooting over hills or into foxholes or trenches. They are standard for all infantry and all guerilla operations, because both the gun and the shells are light and can be carried and moved with ease.
Our radar set was configured to catch the mortar shell as it went up through the radar beam and as it came down through the radar beam. As I operated the set I held one hand on each knob and watched until I saw a blip on the screen indicating that a shell had gone up though the radar beam. I would say Time into the my headset, and my assistant back at the fire direction center would start a stopwatch as I pushed in on the two knobs to stop the reception. By turning the knobs I then moved the dot on the screen over the blip and read off the azimuth and distance into my headset. I then pulled the two knobs out, waited for the shell to come down through the beam and repeated the process. My assistant, using a slide rule, calculated the distance back from the first point to the location of the mortar to provide the fire direction center with the coordinates of the mortar. Our artillery gunners would do the rest.
On this particular night I was operating the radar set in the bunker as the battle raged on the hill in front of us. Suddenly, I saw a large blip appear on the screen. I pushed in the two knobs, got the azimuth and distance, waited to see if something came down and when it didnt I spoke into the mike. Let me talk to the captain. The captain was in charge of the fire direction center and he allocated the available cannon fire during a battle. It was about two minutes before he came on the line. I told him what I had seen.
He said that an observer with our infantry had reported receiving rocket fire. Using the coordinates he got from me and the coordinates he got from the observer he could project a line back to where the rockets came from. Making a good guess, within minutes of the time the rockets were fired he called down a full division of artillery fire on the Rocket Launcher.
At daybreak the captain sent up a spotter plane and, sure nough, we got it. That huge Russian truck and all of its 24 rocket barrels, together with its Russian crew, were scattered all over the landscape on the side of that Korean hill.
That was the last time the Chinese fired rockets at the 3rd Division. No one is supposed to be able to take out a rocket launcher because they can be moved too fast, but we did exactly that. I believe they thought we had some new technology, but the fact is it was all good training with just a little bit of luck.


Keywords: Russian Rocket Attack on 3rd Division November 1951


Entry: 72662
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
COLORED MEMOIRS OF A LIVING VETERAN

ROBERTO DOLENDO wrote on December 6, 2009


City and State: BAYAWAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL

Unit: CHARLIE CO 10TH BCT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I am MSgt. Roberto Dolendo. I served in Korea with the 10th BCT up to the dissolution of the unit redesignated as 2nd Artillery Batallion up to 1958 and served with the 3rd Military Area in Visayas and was sent to OCS School for Reserved Commission (SRC)1955. I have undergone Special Forces Officers and Enlisted Men's Course. I have undergone the Amphibious Operation Course (LFTU--US Marine). Undergone Airborne training with 1st Special Forces with the 11th US SF Group. Transferred to Phil. Constabulary Command 1965. Was assigned with PC Special Forces. My last assignment was in the 3rd PC Zone in Visayas with the Special Operation Unit. I retired on 1979. Presently enjoying my veterans benefits and allowances at the age of 83.
My sacrifices in Korean War has been rewarded and enjoyed by my 4 daughters: one as a manager, one is a Prov'l Offcr. of NCIP, one is a Prov'l Prosecutor (PEFTOK Scholar)and the 4th is a Public School teacher.


Keywords: 10th BCT


Entry: 72482
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
10TH BCT

EFRAIN CABAYAO wrote on November 23, 2009


City and State:

Unit: 10TH BCT

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: My father, the late Juanito L Cabayao Sr, was a member of the 10th BCT who arrived in Pusan, South Korea and fight the North Koreans and mainland Chinese. He died last April 23,1995 at the age of 72 at Duenas, Iloilo.

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Entry: 71917
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
MEMORIES OF MY FATHER

HELEN PARDILLO wrote on October 10, 2009


City and State: BARA-AS, ILIGAN CITY

Unit: 10THBCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: i am helen paciente-pardillo, daughter of the late crispin paciente,sr. my father died last year, aug. 19,2008 at 89 because he had a stroke. my father was a member of the FIGHTING TENTH and he was so proud of being one.he had his korean memorabilias,medals,pictures, the FIGHTING TENTH BOOK,and his korean uniform when he was still a sergeant.before his death, he was able to visit korea in 1990 after 4oyears with my younger sister, elizabeth and in 1994with my younger brother,julius. during his first visit in 1990, he told us that he cried(tears of joy)and kissed the landmark where they fought.it was a great experience for him. in fact, my father wrote his experiences of the korean war especially the BATTLE OF YULTONG and it was published in a local newspaper, THE MINDANAO CROSS in Cotabato City. he also sent his write up to THE DAILY INQUIRER but it was not published. however, my father was so happy that it was published in THE MINDANAO CROSS AND WAS SO PROUD of that.my father was a very well-organized person.before his death,and reached the age of 80, my father wrote his own EULOGY. during family reunions or gatherings,he requested me to read his eulogy before him with my brothers and sisters around. we are so thankful to him that inspite of his meager salary he was able to send us to school, his 10 children.after his retirement in the army, my father was very active in many organizations especially in the Veterans' association.in fact, he was the co-founder of the VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK in our hometown, Alamada, North Cotabato,Mindanao,Philippines.he was able to make it through the help of the Korean Veterans'Association and some good people and businessmen in our place.we lost a great father, a hero to us.his memories will forever linger in our hearts.OUR SALUTE TO YOU, TATAY.

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Entry: 71713
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION IN MY RESEARCH

EMELY DICOLEN-ABAGAT wrote on September 23, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Hello everyone. This is Prof. Emely Dicolen-Abagat of The Catholic University of Korea. I am doing a research related to the participation of the Filipino Vets in the Korean War. I hope to communicate with the families and friends of our Pinoy soldiers who helped during the Korean War and I'm happy that I've found this site. Please I need your help to make the untold stories of our heroes known to both Koreans and Filipinos. I would be interested to meet all of you personally. Please email me . Maraming salamat po. Nawa'y maging matagumpay ang proyektong ito sa pamamagitan ng tulong ninyo.

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Entry: 71703
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
SON OF A 10TH BCT VETERAN LOOKING FOR A KOREAN HALF SISTER.

ALVIN TEMPLONUEVO wrote on September 22, 2009


City and State: VIENNA

Unit: 10BCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am the eldest son of ret. 2Lt Honorio A.Templonuevo of 10BCT unit in korea,that at the age of 82 he is still very much alive and kicking.he is now living in BUhi camarines sur his homeland with my mother.Were 8 brothers in the family and no sister, thats why im searching for my only half korean sister, which he left after the war.my father told me his wartime love affair with a korean women, that by the time they were relieved, his daughter was already 1 yr old more or less. I would like to ask to your good office what requirements should i present in order to find her.

Keywords: Honorio A. Templonuevo (ret.) 2Lt. phil.Army serial number 5006245


Entry: 71227
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR

ANGELITA ANDRES wrote on August 11, 2009


City and State: MILPITAS CA

Unit: 20TH BCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

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Entry: 69989
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PROUD CHILDREN OF THE 20TH BCT(WE LEAD)

REGIDOR HIPOLITO wrote on April 26, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: I am the eldest son of the late SSgt. Gregorio C. Hipolito who served with the 20th BCT in Korea from 1951-1952 and was wounded in action during one of the many battles their unit and battalion have fought distinguishably. It is my earnest hope that the proposed memorial wall mentioned by Mr. Art Villasanta in his news comment(s) will come to fruition where the names of all the gallant heroes in each unit of the 5 BCT's will be etched in that wall as a fitting tribute to their heroism and sacrifice in defense of freedom and democracy so that other people may enjoy peace and prosperity. That wall must be built!

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Entry: 68161
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
!4 BCT KOREA

JAMES ADKINS SR. wrote on December 6, 2008


City and State: VANCOUVER WA

Unit: HEAVY MORTOR CO 180 TH REG 45 DIV

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments:

Keywords: I was the Foward Observer for the 3rd Platoon Heavy Mortor CO 180th Reg and served with the 14th BCT.
The Men of the 14th BCT were the best to have served with, All SCOUT RANGERS and very proud fighters.
Names exscape me but the faces are still present. I had visited your country in 1980 from Batam to San Franado. Your people treated me very kindly.
I did email Art Villasanta severial years ago and had conversation when Johnny came to my Forward Outpost for a good look at the enemy. My picture appeared in the Manila news. I showed Johnny what three rounds of H_ E rounds could do to a machine gun nestwe spotted.
He was inpressed.
Thank you
Jim Adkins-- EX Sargent 1952-1953



Entry: 68116
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PEFTOK'S DAUGHTER 19TH BCT

GENOVEVA PACANA VERCELES wrote on December 2, 2008


City and State: ANTIPOLO CITY

Unit: 19TH BCT KOREAN WAR

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father was 19th bct korean veteran. With God's blessing he is still living, enjoying his monthly pension as a retired military man. What reminds me when he tolds us the story when we were kids, mentioning the place"Hills Eerie and 191" and the hardship battle experiences during his fought in korean war. I am proud of him as a daughter of Ret.2lt. Jose S. Pacana sr., for such accomplishing combat mission /combat experience to defend other nation. But to other concern, that he always asking? until now,"Is there any peftok benefits that he can avail, since he is still with us?". thank you and awaiting for the reply.

Keywords: "Hills Eerie and 191",19th bct korean Veteran war.


Entry: 68039
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
SEARCHING FOR MY GRANDFATHER

MODESTO PREÑA JR. wrote on November 27, 2008


City and State: LIGAO CITY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Our family here in the Albay, Philippines is desperately searching for the whereabouts of our grandfather, Apolonio Preña, known to serve the US Army during the Korean war and believed to have married an american woman. any information that could lead to our search will be heartily appreciated. God bless you!!!

Keywords: Apolonio Preña


Entry: 67514
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
MEDICAL BENEFITS OF MY FATHER

VIRGILIO PRION wrote on October 15, 2008


City and State: TAYTAY, RIZAL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father MSGT CELEDONIO SOLUTA PRION is a member of 19th BCT and fought in Korea. He is now a retired Philippine Army, a VETERAN and suffering from Alzheimer. He is always accompanied by my mother to go to Veterans Hospital monthly for medical check-up. Unluckily, they always run out of medicines. My mother and I are asking from PEFTOK what medical services your could provide to my Father. His monthly pension is not enough to sustain his medicines and cost of living.

Keywords: Vergel


Entry: 67476
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
WE WERE VICTIMS TOO

ARMANDO DE GUZMAN wrote on October 12, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS

Comments: I am a nephew and and a son in law of a korean veteran, as a young boy i heared gruesome details of my uncles experienced of that war. He suffered war shocked for a long time and we were so affected by it. as part of the survivors he narrated all the heroic deeds of his comrades but to my surprised when I told the korean nationals about my story it was ignored maybe bec I am just a poor filipino.that was the worst experienced I had when I was studying in Korea.Now that I am back in Manila never I mentioned it again to Korean people.Shame on them for refusing to acknowledge this part of this history

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Entry: 67369
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PEFTOK VET. EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

DORONILO PANTALEON wrote on September 30, 2008


City and State: CABANATUAN CITY N

Unit: 20BCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Father was a member of 20th BCT, and Korean war vet. I did not used his educational benefits during my college days, Do my children are entitled for educational benefits? They are grandchildren of Korean war vet. Pls. reply at caradanas2002@yahoo.com

Keywords: WE LEAD (20th BCT)DORONILO PARAGAS PANTALEON


Entry: 67316
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PROUD GRANDDAUGHTER

GENEVIEVE CAYTON wrote on September 25, 2008


City and State: LOS BANOS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My grandfather,the late Colonel Alfredo L Cayton,was a member of the 10th BCT PEFTOK.He passed away on July 22 of this year.I have a copy of his diary during his assignment in Korea and some old scanned pictures while he was stationed there.I am producing a private book about him.He also wrote a piece about the Battle of Yultong Bridge which he participated in.I promised to my grandfather on his deathbed that I will try my best to keep his memory alive,as well as the other veterans' contribution to the Korean war.I am flying to Korea tomorrow.I'm a delegate to Revisit Korea Program 2008.Kasama ko ibang PEFTOK veterans and their family members.I own an english school for Koreans.Ngayon Koreans na ang pinaka madalas bumisita sa bansa natin.Ang laki ng nagawa ng mga Pinoy veterans para sa economy natin.I will proudly continue the link to the country that my grandfather was willing to die for.

Keywords: 10th BCT,PEFTOK,Colonel Alfredo Cayton


Entry: 67191
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
FYI: MY FATHER-IN-LAW PFC BUENAVENTURE O. CAVE, SIGNAL PLTN, CHARLIE COY, 14TH BCT

GEORGE TORRES wrote on September 13, 2008


City and State: BROKEN ARROW OK

Unit: SIGNAL PLTN, CHARLIE COY, 14TH BCT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: My father-in-law PFC Buenaventura O. Cave Sr., was assigned to the Signal Platoon, Charlie Company, 14th BCT. He's okay and well and now living in Houston, TX. He still maintains his farm in Bani, Pangasinan. He was stationed in Yanggu, Korea (15APR1953-04JUL1954). His brother was MSGT Benjamin O. Cave, was assigned to the Engineering PLTN HQ,14th BCT. MSGT BCave passed away more than 10 years ago in Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines.

Keywords: PFC "BEN" OR "TURANG" CAVE, SIGNAL PLATOON, CHARLIE COY, 14TH BCT
MSGT "AMING" CAVE, ENG PLTN, HQ SERVICE, 14TH BCT
YANGGU, KOREA
RADIO OPERATOR



Entry: 67189
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
DONATE 70 PEFTOK SHARE

JONG YANG KIM wrote on September 13, 2008


City and State: CULVER CA

Unit: 10TH, 20TH, AND 19TH BCT PEFTOK

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: Fifty Two (52)Years ago; on 4th day of September 1977, during their Annual Meeting at Camp Crame, Quezon City, Philippines; I was inducted Honorary Membership in the PEFTOK Veterans Association, Incorporated.

During the induction, I was awarded 70 Common Share of PEFTOK Investment and Development Corporation.

I would like to donate this 70 Common Share to KOREAN WAR PROJECT-Dallas-Texas.

Please advice the procedures.

Sincerely yours,

Jong Y. Kim


Keywords: Battalion Interpreter


Entry: 67130
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
FULL LENGTH FEATURE FILM ON PEFTOK VETERANS

CARLO CRUZ wrote on September 8, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: A young filmmaker from the Philippines is recreating the significant battles fought by every PEFTOK veteran from the 10th BCT to the 2nd BCT. This DOCU-DRAMA will feature interviews from some of the Veterans who are still alive as well as the family members of those who fell in the line of duty.

This is a call to those family members who might be interested for a video interview regarding their loved ones. Please reply should u be interested. Thank you.


Keywords: films, movies, 10th BCT, 20th BCT, 19th BCT, 14th BCT, 2nd BCT


Entry: 66974
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
GRANDSON OF AN AVENGER!

JIM ELECCION wrote on August 25, 2008


City and State:

Unit: 1RCDG

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My grandfather was a war veteran, member of the 14th BCT, PA (PEFTOK). He is Corporal EUSEBIO JACOB ELECCION of 3 Sqd, 3rd Pltn, "C" Coy incorporated to the 8th Army of the United States of America.

Keywords: 14th BCT, PA (PEFTOK).


Entry: 65962
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
BENEFITS OF MAXIMINO CUEVAS

YOLANDA CUEVAS LADONGA SR. wrote on June 8, 2008


City and State: QUEZON CITY

Unit: ROMEO C. ATIENZA , 1ST LT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: My father is the veterans army and a member of a peftok investment and development corporation and he had a thirty share of stock now he died last June 20, 1995 i would like to verify regarding his benefits with Peftok Serial # 01374 on how to claim regarding this matter.

Keywords: Army Vetereans, 19th Battalion Combat Team Camp Murphy, Quezon City


Entry: 65946
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
GRANDSON OF AN AVENGER : SSGT GREGORIO D. ACEBU ,14TH BCT PA..

ORDE GRAIG ACEBU wrote on June 6, 2008


City and State: SIBULAN, NEG.OR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: i happen to be a very proud grandson of a man who was a member of the PEFTOK...his unit: The 14th BCT the Avengers...And he is also very proud to have served with the 14th..My grandfather, SSGT.Gregorio D. Acebu of Sierra Bullones,Bohol, is in his 80's,He is still very active now, always on the go.. hoping that other surviving family members of the 14th can come up with some sort of a list of those who are alive...This guys, the Peftok veterans, are the last of its kind..hoping we could give them a surprise before they will just be a part of our memory.... if you happen to be a family member, would appreciate it if we could swap notes for them...

Keywords: 14th BCT ( Avengers )


Entry: 65945
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
VERY PROUD OF MY GRANDFATHER: A KOREAN WAR VETERAN

ORDE GRAIG ACEBU wrote on June 6, 2008


City and State: SIBULAN, NEG.OR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: i happen to be a very proud grandson of a man who was once a member of the PEFTOK...his unit: The 14th BCT the Avengers...And he is also very proud to have served with the 14th..He is still very active now, always on the go..
hoping that other surviving family members of the 14th can come up with some sort of a list of those who are alive...This guys, the Peftok veterans, are the last of its kind..hoping we could give them a surprise before they will just be a part of our memory....


Keywords: 14th BCT


Entry: 65588
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PVAI TO BUILD KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL

ART VILLASANTA wrote on May 12, 2008


City and State: QUEZON CITY

Unit: PHILIPPINE KOREAN WAR HISTORIAN

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Warmest greetings to our Filipino heroes of the Korean War everywhere on this planet.

My best regards to their wives, sons, daughters and grandchildren and those who recall the bravery of
those 7,150 men who served in Korea from 1950-1955.

You have not forgotten PEFTOK and for this I am eternally grateful.

I'm Art Villasanta, historian of the Philippines' participation in the Korean War. Some of you might
have visited my PEFTOK website at www.geocities.com/peftok, "THE GLORY OF OUR FATHERS:
THE PHILIPPINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO KOREA".

I'm sorry that I have not updated the website as often as I could. I had intended to use the website to
provide news about PEFTOK and its organization in the Philippines, the PEFTOK VETERANS ASSOCIATION, INC. (PVAI).

It is somewhat difficult updating a Geocities website, as those of you who use this service know. I had intended to open a PEFTOK blog, but this might cause confusion.

Instead, let me use this Korean War Project website to update you on what's happening to our PEFTOK veterans in the Philippines.


PVAI TO BUILD KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL

I've seen the plans and they almost moved me to tears.

A "KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL" will be built, either in 2009 and 2010.

The Memorial Wall will be inscribed with the names of all the 7,150 officers and men who served in the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK).

The initial concept has it looking like the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC.

Our Wall might be in black marble. It will be inscribed with the names and ranks of all our heroes who served in the five PEFTOK Battalion Combat Teams: the 10th, 20th, 19th, 14th and 2nd.

The names of our heroes will be arranged according to their unit.

This is the original plan. It might change but Our Memorial Wall will be built?

Where will it be built?

That is a question that has yet to be answered with finality. But all indications point to it being built
inside Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.

Our Memorial Wall will be built together with a new building for PVAI. Those of you who have visited
PVAI's offices will recall it as a single large room, spartan in appearance and furnishings. Donations
have allowed PVAI to renovate its office so that this no longer has a run down look.

Money for Our Memorial Wall will have to be raised, however.

When built, the Memorial Wall will give those of you living abroad reason to come home.

Imagine yourself standing before Our Wall inscribed with the names of the men, many your friends, who you served with in Korea. Touching those names, recalling how young you were then, remembering your shared sacrifice in Korea is bound to bring tears to your eyes.

You have the right to cry.

This will be the greatest monument to our heroes who helped save South Korea from Communist conquest.

It will come 60 years after the first PEFTOK man set foot in Korea, but it is almost here.

It must be built.


Keywords: PEFTOK, PVAI, Philippines in the Korean War, Battalion Combat Team, BCT, 10th BCT, 20th BCT, 19th BCT, 14th BCT, 2nd BCT, Philippines, PEFTOK Veterans Association, Inc., Philippine Korean War Memorial Wall


Entry: 65425
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
BENEFITS OF MY FATHER

AUGUSTO BAUTISTA wrote on April 28, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: my fathre died march 11, 2008
i just want you to know your exact address and telephone number so i could know my benefits of my father. thank you very much
Godbless and more power


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