Post by Josie Tejero Manalang on Apr 2, 2012 16:50:45 GMT -5
First of all, thank you for creating this wonderful website!
Hopefully someone could shed some light on my Grandfather's photos. The first one is a photo of him with a typed written note saying he was the "Commander of the 104th & 105th Regt. and served under General (Col.) Wendell Fertig." Was the 104th and 105th Philippine or U.S. Army regiments?
The second is a photo of my Grandparents with my Lolo in a U.S. Army Uniform. The caption on bottom says, "Col. & Mrs. Ariston C. Tejero 1945" I was wondering what patch is on his shoulder/arm and what unit he belonged to. Any information is much appreciated as most of his children, including my father, have passed on and most of the living relatives have no recollection.
Hi Josie, thanks for sharing this great history of your grandfather, the late Col. Ariston C. Tejero.
The first photo appears to have been taken at a studio during "pre war" years (1936- before 7th December 1941), athought yes there is the notation "1945" below it.
The reason why the the photo may have been post dated to 1945 is that this manner of Class "A" officer's dress uniform with riding pant's, tall boots ad sambrowne belt were emblematic of the pre war and very early ww2 era. It was no longer "regulation" by 1945. The style of uniforms by that time would be more "informal" like that of your grandgfather's 2nd photo with a simple khaki shirt.
From the "earlier" photo it appears he's an infantry officer of the 1st Regular Division, Philippine Army as inidcated by the shoulder patch insignia. (pls. see attachment).
I can't really see if he's a "colonel" already by this time but it is obivous that he is of more senior rank (major or captain). This plus the service ribbons he wears indicate that that he's been in the military for some time already prior to the formation of the Philippine Army under the commonwealth, either as a Philippine Scout?, or even perhaps Philippine Constabulary.
Next thing is that since he was with the 1st regular Div PA, he would undoubtedly have been in Bataan and perhaps even Corregidor sometime just before or shortly after the fall, (just as Fertig was known to have been). It's possible your grandfather and Fertig escaped to mindanao together or roughly about the same time.
And again, being an experienced infantry officer, your grandfather would have been a very precious asset to Fertig's guerilla organization early on. If your grandfather got his colonel's promotion from Fertig's recommendation, that would be very presitgious indeed.
The designations "104th & 105th" Rgts?...technically are U.S. Army, part of the "U.S. Army Forces in the Philippine" or "USAFIP" (no longer USAFFE), USAFIP being under the direct command of MacArthur"s "Southwest Pacific Command" or SWPAC, the other areas were commanded by the navy admirals.