Philippine Remembrance

 

Dioscoro Valenzuela

Contributed by: fellow blogger Elmer @ Malate in honor of his uncle.

Dioscoro G. Valenzuela was a sergeant in the Philippine Commonwealth Army when World War II erupted.

He escaped the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March — just as they were being rounded up along the road by Japanese soldiers — by fleeing with two other comrades through the mountains of Mount Natib, across Manila bay on a banca, and finally to his hometown in Bulacan under cover by an old couple in Calanate, Malolos town.

Many soldiers decided to escape on that fateful day seeing how the Japanese treated their comrades. The sick or injured were beaten up and killed.

Dioscoro Valenzuela

Eulogy in honor of DP Dioscoro G. Valenzuela:

“The Fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942 and the Island of Corregidor on May 6 of the same year was the beginning of the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.

The Japanese, while making real efforts to conciliate the Filipino people simultaneously enraged them with heatings, torture, public beheadings and humiliating orders to bow to the Japanese as they passed.

On this atmosphere of escalating anger and resentment of the Filipino people, dozens of GRLA ORGNS sprang up in the country to harass the Japanese soldiers.

At this point in time, Vet DP Dioscoro Gallardo Valenzuela, an advocate of the principle “The Defense of the State is the Prime Duty of Every Citizen”, unhesitatingly joined the underground movement of the GRLA Organizations in Bulacan.

For this extra-ordinary and loyalty to the service, DP Dioscoro G. Valenzuela earned himself the following awards and decorations:

Philippine Defense Medal with Ribbon;
Liberation Medal with Ribbon;
Presidential Citation Badge;
and lately he was accorded Certificate of Recognition by Cong. Romeo Acop-Committee CHM on National Defense and Security, during the Parade Review in Honor of the Veterans at the ROTC Hunters Parade Ground on April 5, 2017.

Overall DP Valenzuela was always a very good friend, very religious God Fearing Man, cheerful and friendly to everyone, strict and disciplinarian but a good role model. He is one of the oldest members of the Federation.”

Veterans Federation of the Philippines

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Political Cartoons of 1944 – 1945 – 

NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED!!

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Barbara (Pierce) Bush – NYC, NY; Second & First Lady of the United States

Finley Davis – Pittsburgh, PA; US Army, Korea, MSgt., POW, KIA

Ronald Lee Ermey – Emphoria, KS; USMC, Vietnam, “Gunny” (beloved actor)

Juan Guerrero – Kennedy, TX; US Army, WWII

John Hasselbrink – Granada Hills, CA; US Navy, submarine service, USS Illinois

Alexander Latimer – Fort Saskatchewan, CAN; RC Army, WWII, Winnipeg Rifles

Bernard Newport – Hamilton, NZ; RNZ Navy # 8095, WWII, Sub-Lt., MTB-505

Carl Ragle – Talmms, IL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, G/511/ 11th Airborne Division

Matthew Sarrett – Oceanside, NY; US Coast Guard

Joseph Turner – Pitman, NJ;US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO,  HQ/ 188/ 11th Airborne Division

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About GP Cox

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

Posted on April 19, 2018, in First-hand Accounts, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 58 Comments.

  1. The vile and inhuman behavior of the Japanese turned against them on many occasions. It’s hard to believe people could behave like that.

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  2. In oorlogen gebeuren er zoveel gruweldaden en ook die zullen nooit helemaal vergeten worden.Het raakt me altijd als mensen zich gaan gedragen als dieren en ik hoop dat de conflicten in de wereld eindelijk eens gaan opgelost worden.

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  3. Also,Do not forget that Philippine guerrillas and American soldiers have done brutal things to Japanese soldiers.:D

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    • If necessary,search plz. 😀
      These are keyword ↓

      Witnesses about the massacres of the US military

      Lindbergh,Charles A
      Dower,John W.

      The Philippine-American War: The U.S. Imperialism and the Genocide of the Philippines.

      http://pinoy-culture.com/the-philippine-american-war-the-u-s-imperialism/

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      • In the war,there is a “Prologue” that many people do not be known.↓

        ~In the Philippine-American War (1899-1902) America crushed Philippine independence, leaving between 200,000 and a million dead.

        Theodore Roosevelt called it “a war to extend Anglo-American progress and decency”. America ruled the Philippines till the 1940s.

        In 1898 America went to war with Spain.
        It mainly wanted Cuba.
        But Spain also ruled the Philippines.
        There America destroyed the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay.
        President McKinley said it was to protect Oregon and California.

        America backed the Philippine Revolution, which overthrew Spanish rule in the countryside. America took Manila.~

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        • Yes, it is true. Theodore Roosevelt, though revered by many for starting the National Parks, had been raised that the Anglo-Saxon race was superior. I don’t think they really knew any different unfortunately.

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      • Unfortunately these incidents are part of our history, but remember Nasuko, they happened over 100 years ago.

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    • I tell my readers that we must look at all sides to the story and that there are always “Bad apples in every bushel” – good and bad – no matter what the country.

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  4. He turned and fought another day

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  5. Certainly we English tend to forget the appalling treatment that the inhabitants of places such as Malaya, the Philippines and above all, China, received at the hands of the Japanese.

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  6. So many heroes exhibit the same qualities that are part of this piece. They’re often unassuming, straightforward, and reluctant to take even the credit that is due to them.
    This is such a nice remembrance; I’m glad Elmer was willing to contribute it.

    And it was nice to see Mrs. Bush included. Houston’s memorial to her was tonight, and a lot of people seem to have set aside disagreements and contention to honor her: as they should.

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  7. Very nice tribute. (That political cartoon hahaha)

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  8. Thanks for sharing the wonderful tribute. The military humor is spot on :).

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  9. Reblogged this on Give Me Liberty and commented:
    We should always remember what happened in the Philippines during the war

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  10. Liked the political cartoon . . . I think there’s even more on this side of the fence for them to munch on.

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  11. A tribute well done. My boyfriend is Filipino so this guest post is special to me.

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  12. It is interesting to observe that cruelty and inhumane treatment towards the common population invariably leads sooner or later to the downfall of the perpetrator.

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  13. This is a nice piece. Also glad to see the farewell salute to Barbara Bush.

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  14. Another fascinating story to add depth to WW2 history.

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  15. A nice tribute to his uncle. There are a number of those Filipino veterans who joined the guerilla movement to help the Americans fight the Japanese. They were very helpful because they knew how to fight the jungle warfare.

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  16. I didn’t know the Filipino people were tortured.

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  17. Another nice tribute to those brave Filipino veterans, GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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