Post by bravotwozero on Nov 15, 2010 17:06:27 GMT -5
I finally found my copy of the book "Filipino Heroes of World War II" written by Colonel Uldarico S. Baclagon.
Actually, this book belongs to my dad, who has given this to me. My dad was still working at the Office of the President at Malacanang when this book came out. The author, signed a copy and gave it to my dad.
What makes this book personal to my dad was the fact that my uncle, his brother was a guerilla who fought against the Japanese and received a citation for his actions.
Here's the article about my uncle.
According to my dad, my uncle "Pedring", as I called him, was able to escape the Bataan Death March and joined the guerillas. My uncle Pedring passed away in 1978 of heart attack. As far as I know, this book lists all Filipinos who won a medal during World War II. If you have a relative who won one, chances are, he or she is listed here. Let me know if you want me to look up names.
Post by legionnaire on Nov 16, 2010 20:29:26 GMT -5
I have that book too. Fortunately my Uncle is mentioned in it, So is Ray's late father.
What is really sad about certain articles in the book is the late Commodore Alcaraz's heroic achievements have been obviously ignored and no credit what so ever is documented due to his being an Anti Marcos. Read his book "Marcos first victim".
And of course the shame of what has been fabricated of all is the "Incredible Greatest super war hero strong man" of all time even beating out Audi Murphy is all heavily documented in it.
Ah yes, that's the downfall of that book. From the book, Closer Than Brothers, I think he based his info from raw interviews with Marcos... and that was it. Took his every word for it. I didn't know Comm. Alcaraz isn't even mentioned in it. That's petty. I wonder if Marcos funded the publication of the book. Comm. Alcaraz wasn't corruptible so him and Marcos were enemies.
Post by legionnaire on Nov 17, 2010 10:29:21 GMT -5
This book does mention who Alcaraz was, but credit and recognition for the action that took place was given to Alcaraz's superior.
When in documented truth it was only Commodore Alcaraz and his crew that received the Silver Stars for their confirmed two enemy planes shot down. As another ship nearby was witness to it. All this was in Alcaraz's book with documented letters of proof.
This book was release during Marco's Presidency.
And what is again sad and I fail to really understand to this day when I last visited the AFP Museum in Camp Aguinaldo, their hall of Heroes section, Marcos is still on display as "THE Greatest Immortal Hero" of the country totally eclipsing all the other genuine heroes of the AFP.
Post by bravotwozero on Nov 17, 2010 18:13:27 GMT -5
Yup, this book did come out during Marcos' tenure. Look at Colonel Baclagon's dedication, he wrote it for my Dad in January 30, 1985. About a year later, it was People Power!
I really didn't care about what was written regarding Marcos' exploits. I just think this book is cool because it mentions my uncle. My World War II Time-Life book, "Return To The Philippines" also had a footnote there about what Marcos did during the war. I guess the editors in Time-Life also got fooled.
Correction: As per my father (Efren Rocamora) my Lolo pedro (Grandfather) did not die because of "lung cancer" but because of "heart attacked" in 1978 and that was the day of his College Graduation. He would never forget!.... Anyway, regards to all of you Auntie. PS: I'm so PROUD of you Lolo! - Ellen Marie Rocamora
Well... I don't know if there's much that the AFP can do. We tend to be non-confrontational when it comes to these things, generally speaking. The Marcoses are back in a big way in the best banana republican style and if they removed Macoy's picture from the hall of heroes, well, THEY'D have something to say about it. That's the way history gets written by 'the victors' - its when the victims won't or can't say anything (to the mass public audience) to disprove it.