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 “Identification with our nation’s history will foster assimilation and participation in common goals that promote good citizenship and civic involvement”

 

This website is dedicated to all soldiers of Pilipino descent who served in the United States military during the Vietnam War. The mission of this website is to reclaim our forgotten military history and heritage in the United States Armed Forces.

We start with the name list of our Pilipino Vietnam War Veterans from their respective home state of (military) record or state of residence. Many of the initial listings will come from the State of Hawaii, since my first project is about Pilipinos in Hawaii

 

http://filipinosgone2hawaii.tripod.com


A guest page in this website is for the  more than 2,000 Pilipinos in the Philippine Civic Action Groups (PhilCag) and the Philippine Contingents (Philcon) sent by the Philippine government from 1964 to 1971 to serve the medical, dental, engineering and other needs of the Vietnamese. These noncombatant civic groups included Philcag Chief of Staff Colonel Fidel V. Ramos, a West Point graduate and the future President of the Philippines (1992-1998). A prominent war journalist was Max Soliven, the Harvard educated future co-founder of Philippine Daily Inquirer & Philippine Star. Philcag suffered its first casualties in September 1966 when seven Pilipinos were wounded in Tay Nihn S. Vietnam mine.

 

The Philippines had been traditionally sensitive to the humanitarian needs of the Vietnamese. In 1954 Operation Brotherhood had sent doctors and nurses to Vietnam. This people to people program continued its charitable mission until 1956, despite suffering a tragedy when Dr. Jose Alejos, Adela D. Pimentel, R.N. and Yvonne Ocampo, Nurses Aide died in a boating accident on August 27, 1955. Then, after the fall of South Vietnam government in 1975, camps were set up in the Philippines to aid and shelter the Vietnamese refugees prior to their resettlement in the United States, Canada, Australia, etc. The repatriation situation became complicated with more arrivals of Vietnamese fleeing by boatloads from their country. Although, this became problematic to a poor country like the Philippines, but since the Pilipinos are generally compassionate and tolerant of people with religion, culture and language different from their own, they tried their best to accommodate the needs of the Vietnamese asylum seekers. Additionally, since the Philippines is the host country to the U.S. military bases, the role that the Pilipinos had played in these wars that involved Asian countries like Japan, Korea & Vietnam can not and should not be ignored.

 

The awareness of our unique history is the responsibility of every living Pilipino. I offer you this website as a limited resource for the Vietnam War. It is my hope that my love for the Philippines history and culture overcome my lack of scholarly credential.

 

 

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 Primary Sources:

http://www.archives.gov/research/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/state-level-alpha.html

http://www.archives.gov/research/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/xx-by-town.html

http://www.pownetwork.org

http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov

also, databases of various cemeteries with war veterans burials

 

 

Secondary Sources:

www.fanhs-national.org

(websites maintained by chapters of Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)

founded 11/1982 by Drs. Fred & Dorothy Cordova in Seattle Washington)

 http://filipinosgone2hawaii.tripod.com

http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com

http://ancestry.com

http://clusty.com

www.wikipedia.org

 

 

This website will always be a work in progress.

I apologize for any error, omission, or misprint.

 

My Info:

Maria Elizabeth Del Valle Embry 

Antioch, California

Cabayaosan, Paniqui, Tarlac, Philippines

pinay_492001@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Blowin’ in the Wind

                                   Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n'
how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n'
how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

 

 

Ballad of the Green Beret

                  Barry Sadler and Robin Moore

 

Fighting soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say

The brave men of the Green Beret
 

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Trained to live off nature's land
Trained in combat, hand-to-hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage peak from the Green Berets

Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her his last request

Put silver wings on my son's chest
Make him one of America's best
He'll be a man they'll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret.

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day

                 Joyce Kilmer

 

The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The
 Prince of Peace...Who brought a sword

 

Filipinos Vietnam War US military Service