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Entry: 64107
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
ANYBODY WHO REMEMBERS A CESAR MADURO

CECILIA DELA CRUZ wrote on January 31, 2008


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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I AM WRITING IN BEHALF OF MY HUSBAND WHO HAS BEEN SEARCHING FOR HIS LOST FATHER. ANYBODY WHO MIGHT KNOW A CERTAIN CESARIO MADURO WHO SERVED IN THE MARINES IN THE 1960'S. HE IS ALLEGEDLY FROM LA UNION. MY HUSBAND NEVER MET HIS FATHER AND WE ARE DESPERATE TO FIND HIM. WE ONLY HAVE HIS NAME AND THE INFO THAT HE SERVED IN THE MARINES. WE LIVE IN MARYLAND,USA. CALL 4107402288 OR 3019193239/3013799176. LOOK FOR EITHER ROMEO OR CECILLE. THE MOTHER'S NAME WAS SUSANITA FROM AKLAN. THANKS!

Keywords: CESAR MADURO


Entry: 63091
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
LIVING LOLO'S LEGEND

CYNDY IBARRA PINEDA wrote on November 19, 2007


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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: " THERE WERE NO PROVOCATIONS. NO SIGNS OF DANGER. NO FOREBODINGS. THAT WAS ON SATURDAY. BEFORE DAWN THE NEXT DAY. JUNE 25, 1950, SOUTH KOREA WAS ENVADED..."

I cannot help but to experience gooseflesh everytime ill be hearing accounts about the korean war. and those first few phrases in the book "THE FIGHTING TENTH" even brings the past somehow alive.

I am a granddaughter of a Korean VEteran, RAMON M. IBARRA of the famous 10th BCT.

i have always been proud of my lolo, as well as the other korean veterans who fought for korea's democracy. he is still active in the organization, attending meetings and gatherings once in a while. like everyone else, his story has always been with me,(i can even sing the 10th bct's chanting ehe) and it makes me proud to be able to continue his legend.

i am now a military nurse, so much like my lolo's desire to serve the country, may i be able to serve and bring the glory back to the soldiers in my most humble ways.


Keywords: 10th BCT, Living Lolo's Legend


Entry: 62690
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
URGENT HELP

ISAGANI ESCANO wrote on October 22, 2007


City and State: SAN FERNANDO, LA UNION

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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: My father is Mr. Mauro R. Escano, Peftok Veteran under 19th BCT, he suffered his second stroke in September 2007 and he was still under observation and suffering. we would like to ask your help and support because he is now confined in CAUYAN FAMILY HOSPITAl, CAUYAN CITY, ISABEL, REGION II, CAGAYAN.
we are appeling for your your help to end his suffering.
Contact Address:
Mr. Reynaldo A. Escano
CP. NO. 00639189382984
Mr. Felix A. Escano
CP NO. 00639195083573



Entry: 62464
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
SON OF A KOREAN VETERAN, 19TH BCT

MANUEL ORBIDA wrote on September 29, 2007


City and State: MARIKINA

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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: we are proud of Korean Veterans

Keywords: 19th BCT


Entry: 62202
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
19TH BCT

MANUEL ORBIDA wrote on September 7, 2007


City and State: MARIKINA

Unit: 19THBCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Our late Father belongs to 19th BCT,Mr. Agripino J. Orbida,he has so many great stories about Korean war.

Keywords: 19th BCT Hero


Entry: 61650
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PEFTOK VETERANCE

DOMINGA BUAMA wrote on July 17, 2007


City and State: TAYTAY

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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: COMMENTS: I am Neth Buama ,the daughter of late Bartolome Antonio Jacob.My father was a member of the 20th BCT .He was a great father to us.We remember of many stories he tell us when he still alive.I remember those courage and I felt pity on him because of the tragic experiences.One of his story, sleeping with wet uniforms,eating with dead bodies near to them, drinking water with dead people on the river.We cannot forget a person with this experiences
just for his country.PEFTOK veterans are one of a kind.The whole family is very proud of my father.I know wherever he is,he s truly a great hero in our hearts and a great father.


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Entry: 58940
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
CRISPIN PACIENTE, 10TH BCT

LIBERTY CRUZ wrote on September 18, 2006


City and State: MARIKINA CITY

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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father is Crispin S.Paciente,Sr.,a member of the 10th BCT.He is old but still very active in the affairs of the veterans in our locality. He had the chance to go back to Korea twice. Impressed by the respect and honor accorded to deceased Korean war veterans there, he helped put up a memorial park for the members in our place, which he proudly tells us as the only veterans memorial park in this part of the region. He keeps to this day, medals and other memorabilias during the Korean war, including pictures of his Japanese and Korean girlfriends. The Fighting Tenth book is safely tucked in his 60-year old "baul". He always carries an album containing pictures during his days in Korea. This year, his experiences at the Battle of Yultong was featured in a Davao newspaper. Always the Don Romantico that he is, but with arthritis and aching back, he still manages to "make lambing" to my half-paralyzed mother. After tucking my mother to bed, he hies off to his favorite spot in our yard which he calls "Hernando's Hideaway". There, he spends his time writing his memoirs. I am so thankful that my father lived to tell his story to his great grandchildren. At 87, he still hopes to see my eleven-year old daughter graduate in college. STEADY ON, TATAY!

Keywords: 10th BCT


Entry: 58232
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
STEADY ON! - PEFTOK

NERISSA CABAYAO wrote on July 25, 2006


City and State: RICHMOND BC

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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My dad Juanito Labita Cabayao was a Korean War veteran(1950)-10th BCT.He passed away on April 23, 1995 in Duenas, Iloilo, Phils. He retired from military service in 1980. None of us children were born during that time. We all have his memorabilia from the war except for the Fighting Tenth Book .I was just learning the alphabet then when my eldest brother brought the Fighting Tenth Book to the Philippine Military Academy in early 70's. Is there any possibility for the association of the Sons and Daughters of PEFTOK VEterans to reproduce the FIGHTING TENTH BOOK so we could avail a copy of it.

Keywords: 10th BCT - Steady On!


Entry: 57490
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
MY FATHER WAS WITH THE 14TH BCT

CLAIRE ACEBU wrote on June 3, 2006


City and State: CEBU CITY

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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I just want to share with you the name of my father, S/Sgt. Gregorio D. Acebu, who was with the PEFTOK's 14th BCT. He is nearly 80 years old now, and currently lives in San Antonio Village, Dumaguete City. If you happen to know of other 14th BCT members, kindly contact me at my email address.

Keywords: 14th bct


Entry: 57265
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
IRENIO DESAMITO 19TH BCT PEFTOK

RILAN BALLESTEROS wrote on May 21, 2006


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Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: 19TH BATTALION COMBAT TEAM (BLOODHOUND)
Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK)
April 1952 to March 1953


A battle hardened unit that distinguished itself in the anti-Huk campaign, the 19th BCT trained for 16 weeks at the Philippine Armys training facility set among Korean-like hills bordering the town of Marikina, fondly called Marikorea by the men. The first contingent of the 19th landed in Korea late April 1952 with the last contingent rotating to Korea two months later. Battalion commander was Col. Ramon Aguirre.

The 19th held a segment of the MLR in the Chorwon-Sibyon-yi corridor in the west central sector of Korea. It was first attached operationally to the US I Corps and then to the 179th Regiment of the US 45th Infantry Division (Thunderbirds), the first National Guard division to see combat in Korea. Armistice negotiations to end the war were being discussed when the 19th went into action against the men of the Chinese Peoples Volunteer Army (CPV).

Battling the CPV
The men of this famed battalion acquitted themselves well against the CPV. Their most outstanding combat achievement, however, was in the battle for hills dominating the Chorwon-Sibyon-yi area, considered he most vulnerable sector of the UNCs front line. On 18 June, the CPV bombarded the 19ths positions with heavy artillery fire, killing two men and wounding four. The battalions howitzers and mortars returned fire, inflicting casualties on the CPV.

The CPV continued pummeling the battalions positions the next day in preparation for an infantry assault that was aborted after the 19th returned fire. The intense artillery duels resulted in the deaths of eight men, including an officer. At 10:00 p.m. on 20 June, the enemy opened a heavy artillery and mortar barrage against the 19th following this up with a massive infantry attack. Flares fired by the 19th revealed waves of CPV heading towards Hills Eerie and 191.

Under terrific artillery fire, and attacked by overwhelming force, the battalion stood its ground. Counter battery fire destroyed many of the CPV guns and mortars. On the battlefield, the battalion fought a brutal hand-to-hand fight throughout the evening. The Chinese ware fought to a standstill and forced to retreat by a savage counterattack. The fight continued until the morning of the 21st. The retreating Chinese left behind the hulks of two tanks and over 500 dead. Eight Filipinos were killed and 16 wounded in the fierce night battle.

More actions against the CPV followed and the fighting skill shown by the veterans of the 19th drew respect and praise from other UN fighting units. The 19th was the first PEFTOK battalion awarded the South Korean Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation. It also received a Battle Citation from the US X Corps.

Resources

This web site was created, written and is maintained by Art Villasanta.
Copyright 2000 by Art Villasanta. This web site is being continuously updated.


Keywords: Retired 2nd Lt. Irenio Desamito was my late grandfather, who past away on the 21 Feb. 1996..he who served in the Korean War with the 19th BCT PEFTOK and served with the philippine aymy for more than 30 years..once i met a korean man here in australia, who just finished his military services..i told him that my grandfather once fought in the korean war..to my surprised he stand infront of me and bowed his head and say's thank you..i was so emotionally touched by his action..


Entry: 56854
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PROUD CHILDREN OF 10TH BCT PEFTOK

FEDERICO GARCIA JR. wrote on April 26, 2006


City and State: SAN JOSE CITY, NUEVA ECIJA

Unit: PA

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am the son of the late TSGT FEDERICO L GARCIA SR from San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, PHILIPPINES, who served in the 10th BCT PEFTOK, Baker Company. He passed away just recently, April 15, 2006 -- the same date that he retired from the military service in 1967. My father always talked about the war in Korea.

My wife and I are actively searching for literatures about this historic event, as all members of the family are truly proud of our father's heroism. The website of Mr. Art Villasanta, son of the late Juan Villasanta (UN War Correspondent to Korea) is a very informative reference. We are looking for his book DATELINE KOREA and the other book THE FIGHTING TENTH. We would also support any undertaking that would initiate building a monument or marker to honor the PEFTOK.

My father's grave marker reads "HERE LIES A HERO". Truly he is.


Keywords: 10th BCT PEFTOK


Entry: 56853
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PROUD CHILDREN OF 10TH BCT PEFTOK

wrote on April 26, 2006


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Entry: 56850
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PROUD CHILDREN OF 10TH BCT PEFTOK

FEDERICO GARCIA JR. wrote on April 26, 2006


City and State: SAN JOSE, NUEVA ECIJA

Unit: PA

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am the son of the late TSGT FEDERICO L GARCIA, SR. from San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, who served in the 10th BCT PEFTOK, Baker Company. He passed away just recently, April 15, 2006 -- the same date that he retired from the military service in 1967. My father always talked about the war in Korea.

My wife and I are actively searching for literatures about this historic event, as all members of the family are truly proud of our father's heroism. The website of Mr. Art Villasanta, son of the late Juan Villasanta (UN War Correspondent to Korea) is a very informative reference. We are looking for his book DATELINE KOREA and the other book THE FIGHTING TENTH. We would also support any undertaking that would initiate building a monument or marker to honor the PEFTOK.

My father's grave marker reads "HERE LIES A HERO". Truly he is.


Keywords: 10th BCT PEFTOK


Entry: 55505
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
MY FATHER -IN-LAW A MEMBER OF 10THBCT

EMMA PRIMA wrote on February 1, 2006


City and State: DIPOLOG CITY

Unit: 10TH BCT

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Hello to all PEFTOK war veterans , friends and family members. I am Emma B. Prima of Dipolog City. My father-in-law was a member of the 10th BCT. His name is ANTONIO Z. PRIMA, Sr. He passed away in 1992.
When he was still alive, whenever we visited him in Cagayan de Oro City, he always opened that big book about the Korean War veterans , telling us stories of those memorable moments in Korea. My children were still small kids then, and we his children used to smile and laugh whenever he did that.How we miss those moments, now that he's gone. More power to PEFTOK. Please keep in touch.


Keywords: 10th BCT, PEFTOK


Entry: 54317
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
19TH BCT

ALEX JAVINEZ wrote on November 28, 2005


City and State: CAVITE PH

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Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: im alex javinez, son of TEMISTOCLES JAVINEZ OF 19 BCT PEFTOK. MY FATHER PASSED AWAY THIS NOVEMBER OF 2005 at the age of 78,in honoring my father, i join everyone in considering to have a shrine for peftok veterans. thank you.

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Entry: 54158
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR

LARRY SAGUN wrote on November 18, 2005


City and State: MAKATI

Unit: 2ND BCT PEFTOK

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father is Lt Aurelio R Sagun, 2nd BCT PEFTOK

My fatehr is a very active member of the PEFTOK Veterans, he's alway's present on all meetings, reunions, and some special events about PEFTOK , he is one of the Director of the 2nd BCT Chapter here in our place.

There are many Veterans (PEFTOK) here in our community --at Makati, Philippines ...and i appreciate to recieve email to all other childrens of the PEFTOK Veterans...

Larry G. Sagun


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Entry: 52894
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
MY LATE FATHER JOSE O.DIANGSON SERVED WITH PEFTOK 10TH BCT CHARLIE COMPANY.I JUST WANT TO SHARE W/U

IAN DIANGSON wrote on August 28, 2005


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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Greetings! i just want to share more info about the surviving PEFTOK veterans ,their sons and dauhters specially the 10th BCT where my late father Jose O.Diangson once proudly and bravely served like his comrades...STEADY ON.....

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Entry: 52331
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PEFTOK VETERAN

EFRAIN CABAYAO wrote on July 29, 2005


City and State: ILOILO

Unit: 10TH BCT, PHILIPPINES

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords: My father, late Juanito L. Cabayao Sr., 503131, a member of the 10th BCT, PEFTOK, Philippine Contingent to the Korean War.He was under then Col. Ojeda.He was together with the late Capt. Vicente Evidente. Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos was also a member of the 20th BCT.


Entry: 50905
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PEFTOK

ELOY G. wrote on May 16, 2005


City and State: CHULA VISTA CA

Unit: US NAVY (RETIRED)

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Here is a good website and source of information about the PEFTOK BCTS at: http://www.geocities.com/PEFTOK/index.html
"The Glory of Our Fathers- PEFTOK" by Art Villasanta, son of the late Atty. Johnny F. Villasanta, U.N. War Correspondent.

I had the priviledge of visiting the war monument to our brave soldiers in South Korea while in the U.S. Navy.


Keywords: PEFTOK Battalion Combat Teams (BCTs)


Entry: 50206
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
I HAD PATCHES OF 10TH BCT 'STEADY ON'

EFRAIN CABAYAO wrote on April 16, 2005


City and State:

Unit: 10TH BCT, PEFTOK

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: I had a patche of the 10th BCT,PEFTOK. It is a triangle seating on its base with a lightning crossing it and a slogan "steady on" below. The book "the fighting tenth" was brought by my brother when he was studying at PMA in Baguio City. My brother is a member of the Class Marangal of 1974. He is Brig. Gen. Juanito P Cabayao, Jr. Our eldest brother. Our father is a member of the 10th Battalion Combat Team, PEFTOK headed by then Col. Ojeda.


Entry: 44227
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
20THBCT FILIPINO VETERAN

SHEILA TAYOBA wrote on July 3, 2004


City and State: JACKSONVILLE FL

Unit: 20THBCT FILIPINO IN KOREAN WAR

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father came home from Korea with a sharpnel on his right leg which left him with a metal plate,but continued serving the military until 1984 in the Philippines.He left behind six children from his first marriage and four from the second marriage.He passed away in August,2002 in the Philippines,I would like to hear from anyone who had served in the same Battalion with my dad,2nd LT Ildefonso Tayoba Garcia.We his children would want to honor his memory as a war hero.
Thank you and May God Bless you.
Sheila,


Keywords: 20th BCT Filipino Veteran


Entry: 43921
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PEFTOK

RAMON LOTERIA wrote on June 20, 2004


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Comments: I'm trying to build a scale model representing any
unit of the PEFToK. But sad to say I cannot find any pictures on the WEB. Only stories. I would like to know unit insignias as well. Could anyone describe the battle of yultong?


Keywords: Yultong


Entry: 41832
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PENTION ASSITANCE

JANET LABRADOR wrote on March 19, 2004


City and State: ROSARIO CAVITE

Unit:

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Good afternoon Sir,
I'am the daugter of Mr. Neil Labrador a member of 10th BCT, Phil. Army, PEFTOK who fought in Korean war in the 1950's. I need your help on how to claim the pension of my father in US, in support to the continous medical assistance for my mother.
Hoping for your kind consideration.
Sincerely Yours,
Janet Labrador


Keywords: 10th BCT


Entry: 39527
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
2ND PLT. E.CO 2ND BCT

HERNANDO (HERDY) BELTRAN wrote on December 29, 2003


City and State: QUEZON CITY

Unit: 2ND PLT. E.CO 2ND BCT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: EASY Company 2nd BCT PEFTOK

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Entry: 39526
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
THE BOYS OF E.CO 2ND BCT

HERNANDO (HERDY) BELTRAN wrote on December 29, 2003


City and State: QUEZON CITY

Unit: 2ND PLT. E.CO 2ND BCT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I'm just wondering why the boys of 2nd BCT particularly, the Easy Company are rarely mentioned in the annals of the Korean War. We are supposed to be one of the elite units during the Korean war particularly in the mapping, demolitions and counter-insurgencies.

I'm also wondering how can we get our benefits from the United Nations.

Cpl. Hernando M. Beltran, (Ret)
PA AFP


Keywords: 1st Lt. Jesus Villamor, 2nd Lt. Pedro Safra, Pfc. Hernando Beltran, Yanggu Peninsula, Korea,


Entry: 35757
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
10TH BCT

EDEL ALAYON wrote on July 26, 2003


City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father is Julian O.Alayon of Sapian,Capiz.He was one of the defender of Bataan and a Death March survivor and guerilla soldier during WWII.
In Korean War,he was a member of 10th BCT,Charlie
company Browning Automatic Rifleman(BAR)PEFTOK.
He has four son that served in the United States Navy,one retired and three are still active.
Anyone of can tell me how to obtain a copy of the
book "The Fighting tenth" or uniform patches by the 10th bct "steady on" i will pay for them.
I'm proud of my Father and his achievement in life,his gone now."GOD bless his soul".


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Entry: 30210
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
10TH BCT, PHILIPPINE ARMY, PEFTOK

EFRAIN CABAYAO wrote on December 7, 2002


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Unit: 10TH BCT, PHILIPPINE ARMY, PEFTOK

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father, Juanito L. Cabayao was a member of 10th BCT, Phil. Army, PEFTOK who fought in Korean war in the 1950's.I am his sixth son.

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Entry: 25389
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
PHILIPPINES IN THE KOREAN WAR

JOSE REGIN REGIDOR wrote on May 12, 2002


City and State: QUEZON CITY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: There is a book, The Fighting Tenth, published in 1954/1955 chronicling the tour of duty of the 10th Batallion Combat Team in Korea. It gives a comprehensive account of Philippine participation in the Korean War. This includes to which U.S. units the 10th BCT was attached to as well as all the battles it fought in.

Keywords: PEFTOK, 10th BCT, The Fighting Tenth


Entry: 10335
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
20TH BCT

MARIA MAESTRO wrote on July 13, 2000


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Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am looking for information on the Battle for Eerie Hill (1952) and the participation of the 20 Battalion Combat Team (BCT) from the Philippines. I know that the 20th BCT was assigned to the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division.

How do I get access to the Stars and Stripes, the American military publication, which would have reported on this particular battle?

I would appreciate any help.

Maria E. Maestro
maem1@nsh.library.ns.ca


Keywords: 20th BCT
Eerie Hill
Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK)
Rodolfo Maestro



Entry: 10059
PHILIPPINES BATTALION - KOREAN WAR
10TH BCT

JOEY MONTEYRO wrote on July 3, 2000


City and State: NUTTING LAKE MA

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Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Where can I find the history of the Philippines' participation in the Korean War? One unit stood out and that was the 10th BCT at the Battle of Yultong. Please advise. Thank you.

joey monteyro


Keywords: 10th BCT Philippine Army, Battle of Yultong



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