Post by legionnaire on Dec 7, 2010 20:52:05 GMT -5
12: 20 PM December 8, 1941, Clark Field, Philippine Islands about 50 miles (80 km) north of Manila
Clark Field (Japanese print)
For the Board of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society
Here in the US on December 7th of each year we celebrate, or rather commemorate, the attack on Pearl Harbor. We should never forget that day, but it’s also important to remember that the Japanese in the space of hours attacked several other areas in the Pacific including the Philippines.
With one notable exception the Filipino/American forces were outgunned and overwhelmed by a force that was better trained and better armed. That exception – the Philippine Scouts. The Scouts fought nobly and bravely in what was ultimately a losing cause. After the surrender, all of the Fil/Am forces suffered terribly at the hands of the Japanese. Starvation, brutality, the Death March, prison camps, Hell Ships, and enslavement were only some of the results of that defeat.
I couldn’t be prouder of my association with my uncle, Alexander Nininger, a Scout, and the many Scouts whom I’ve come to know over the years. They were and are a magnificent body of men who should never be forgotten. We’ll do our best to make sure that that never happens.
Mabuhay ang Philippine Scouts. --John
Sen John Alexander Patterson, President Philippine Scouts Heritage Society
Post by insurrectomad on Jan 5, 2011 2:22:12 GMT -5
The Phil. Scouts won't be forgotten as long as we can make a turn-out as we did on 10th Dec 2010. Meeting the 95yr old Vet. Capt. Furnandez, of the 26th Cav. was a mighty bonus on top of having the pleasure to take part as a US Capt. myself and man the gun on the jeep transporting this legendary hero! I just hope that at future events we can inform the public and give them plenty of notice of such events vie the newspapers and TV/Radio. We must raise our game & get greater public involvement and support, which I'm sure many would wish to do If they had known about such events. 2011 can & will be better I'm sure! Mabuhay! David