A few Filipino veterans are alive today; my grandfather is one of them. He was a heroic soldier who fought in many battles. He is a decorated veteran with many medals and accomplishments. I interviewed him about World War II just for this website. I asked him a few questions about the war and his experiences. I wanted people to learn about the hardships of the Filipino soldier in World War II.
My grandpa shared his experience with events such as the infamous Bataan Death March. The Bataan Death March was when the Japanese captured Filipino and American soldiers. These soldiers had to march miles to a concentration camp non stop under blazing heat. My grandpa luckily escaped during the march. The interview consisted of many instances such as this. He further explained injustices within the army.
At one point he spoke about how a Colonel who promoted him to Corporal and his Sergeant took away his Corporal stripe. The Sergeant had to give back his Corporal stripe and he was never again questioned about his rank. He later explains how he had a rapid promotion. Events like these are best explained by people who have experienced it.
People should know about what Filipino soldiers went through. Few still live to tell their story. My grandpa is one of them. When grandpa spoke about how he felt about the war he was serious and sincere and spoke of how he escaped. I hope you understand his story and appreciate what the Filipino soldiers did for their country and the United States.
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Link to his National WWII Memorial Page
Source: <Interview, Grandpa Lorie, 7/10/05>