A Fish for Papa – WWII Account in the Philippines

A Philippine home front story.

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I was told the following story one night while sitting with the elders at a birthday party.   Marc Mausisia was the son of the person who this story is with regards to. Lolo Tenyada the cousin of Marc’s father. The accounts are from the time Japan occupied the Philippine’s. Both Marc Mausisa and Lolo Tenyada have passed on and I have no way of placing the timeframe in which this story occurred or where in the Philippines it took place. The words in this story Lolo and Lola mean Grandfather and Grandmother. I present it here to you, in their words. “A Fish For Papa”.

Marc Mausisa;

I was a just young boy when the Japanese came to our province, my papa was in the Army not far from where we lived when the Japanese came. They capture the army and took them to a place over a day’s walk…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 3, 2018, in First-hand Accounts, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. That is a very sad story, GP. I feel for that child, waiting with the fish for his father.

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  2. Thank you for sharing that sad story gp, one of thousands that affected many civilians on many islands during the war, the resting places of Military are always remembered, but scattered throughout the South Pacific are many resting places of innocent Souls who got caught up in the War.

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  3. Thanks for re-blogging this story of a small hero. I have commented there.

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  4. Such a tragic story – the yo-yoing of hope and despair

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  5. Many citizens of Manila also died in massive amounts due to the American bombing.
    In addition, the Chinese guerrillas also slaughtered Manila citizens and Japanese.
    Why a genuine Filipino;President Doutelte hate America?



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    • I never deny the experience (truth) of each person.
      And express respectful to those who talked about valuable experiences.

      However, at the same time, guerrilla also had two side(USA side or Japanese side).
      Even if we arrange the number of experiences of each person, we will not prove the past.
      Because there are experiences (the truth for that person) as many as a large number of human beings.
      However, I respect for someone’s valuable experiences.

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      • I know there were Japanese-sympathizers in the Philippines called makapili (I believe). That’s to be expected – everyone has their own opinion, especially about something as big as war.

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    • The Philippine-American War ended 40 years before WWII, so yes, Manila citizens did die at that time, this is not what we’re discussing. Pres. Douterte, in my opinion, must have an agenda for something, perhaps siding with China, for him to go back so far in history to find a reason to hate us. Americans do not hate the current generations from Japan or Germany for WWII. So I think he has some other reason for wanting us out.

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    • I told you I would look into the situation and ask a few contacts of mine. This is what I have heard back so far….
      “It does appear that when PM Duarte fell out with Obama over certain issues … He approached China over provision of arms to fight the militants in the country …They agreed and began supplying but imagine deal included resources of minerals in exchange but China keeps quiet on the deal ……will research and try to find anything more and either post or leave you a link … Ian”

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  6. may i keep my personal
    peace treaty intact
    so that others
    are kept out
    of harm’s way 🙂


  7. I don’t want you sick. I don’t want to miss those postings. Take care.

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  8. In the hippy era it was a popular saying: “Suppose they gave a war … and no-one came?”

    Sadly if they did, and we didn’t—as sure as hell ‘they’ would. A man can’t make you like him, but certainly he has a way of making you fight him—and that’s the problem with being a pacifist.

    Regrettably “Si vis pacem parabellum” holds as true today as ever.

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  9. What a story GP. Thanks for the reblog. (I did visit and leave a message)

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  10. Such a sad story, history really.

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  11. Wow thank you for sharing this on your website, this was very touching to read and extremely interesting at the same time.

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  12. That was a powerful and personal story, which will now thankfully always be available to be read, for as long as the Internet exists.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  13. Good article. As usual, I enjoyed my break from daily activities to read your site. Another thing you and I have in common–sinus problems. Yuck!

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  14. I’m sure there are more stories like this around. Very poignant. This must have happened in Southern Luzon. The name Mausisa and Tanada is so Tagalog. Tanada which is spelled differently from Tenyada is common in that area. I think my father even knew people with that name. I just remember when my two boys were young, my friends asked me why they called my mother by her first name. I had to explain that Lola is grandmother in Tagalog.

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    • I wish I could reblog or post them all. By doing some, people can get curious and do their own research or get the idea of what the situation was like by the few that I have here.
      [I always wished I could speak another language, but after years of trying – I’ve accepted that I’m useless.]

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      • You have the right idea. By reposting a few of them, you’ll pique their curiosity.
        GP, You just have to know a few foreign words and you’ll get by. Don’t try French or Japanese. I could not learn how to pronounce French words. My Okinawan friend tried to teach me Japanese and I gave up on “wakarimasen”. It means different things the way you pronounce it. I believe language has to be learned at a young age because our brain is not cluttered with stuffs yet.

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  15. Here I’m again, GP Cox. Of course, the blogger is Usabaker and not Marc Mausisa, sorry about that. Cheers! 🙂

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  16. Thanks for reblogging, GP Cox. I’ll pop over to Marc Mausisa and say hello. 🙂
    Hope everything is fine in Florida and you are all well. Enjoy the weekend!
    Klausbernd and the rest of the gang

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