Medal of Honor; Jose Baliton Nisperos, PS Aug 29, 2011 16:32:58 GMT -5
Post by Carlos on Aug 29, 2011 16:32:58 GMT -5
Today, from a fellow local American Veteran, I received this email about the above MOH Recipient. I never heard of this trooper but I like to share it with you. Maybe you know of him. The email claims that today he is recognized as the first Asian and Filipino to receive the United States Congressional Medal of Honor. Wikipedia has a page on him.
Here is the text of the email:
Please read and render (in your own way) a salute to an American/Filipino HERO!
August 26, 2011
Yesterday I received a request on China Post 1-Philippines “Facebook” from Mrs. Maridhel Turzar who lives in San Fernando, LaUnion. She is the great grand- daughter of the first Asian and Filipino to be awarded the Medal of Honor by order of the President of the United States. His bravery saved his fellow US Army soldiers, including his Commanding Officer on Sept. 24, 1911, during a fierce battle against the Moro outlaws in Basilan. Her plea to seek recognition for her “Great Lolo’s” heroism moved me. She informed me he was buried in a simple public grave yard in San Fernando and neither the Philippine nor US Govt. agencies had ever paid attention to get him properly honored and his gravesite cared for. After a few hours of research, I found a few sparse articles and US Army Records site that verified this young man’s extraordinary valor in combat. I assured Mrs. Turzar that I would make sure he will be properly honored.
I contacted brother Legionnaires and VFW Commander and Senior Vice Commander Frank Hilliard and Tom Darkus at Post 9892 in Bauang La Union, and, to my great pleasure, they enthusiastically informed me they had hunted for his gravesite and were frustrated in their pursuit of the location of his grave in San Fernando. Commander Hilliard got in touch with Mrs. Turzar almost immediately to begin the process of properly honoring this great Philippine and American Hero.
In addition at our regular China Post 1 meeting upcoming Sept 11, 2011 at Bali Hai Resort in Bauang, La Union, we will coordinate an honors ceremony celebrating the 100th Anniversary of
Private Nisperos’ action of Sept 24, 1911. The following information is provided:
PRIVATE JOSE BALITON-NISPEROS
(December 30 1887- September 01 1922)
United States Congressional Medal of Honor
General Order No. 64 United States War Department
Dated November 25, 1912
For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Jose B. Nisperos, United States Army, for most distinguished gallantry on 24 September 1911, while serving with 34th Company, Philippine Scouts, in action at Lapurap, Basilan Island, Philippine Islands. Having been badly wounded (his left arm was broken and lacerated and he had received several spear wounds in the body so that he could not stand), Private Nisperos continued to fire his rifle with one hand until the enemy was repulsed, thereby aiding materially in preventing the annihilation of his party and the mutilation of their bodies.
There were only a handful of Filipino soldiers in the past who were bestowed with the highest military distinction given by the United States government– the Medal of Honor. One of these distinguished Filipino wartime heroes was Private Jose B. Nisperos. Today, he is recognized as the first Asian and Filipino to receive the United States Congressional Medal of Honor.
Jose B. Nisperos grew up in the province of San Fernando, La Union and was later recruited to the 34th Company United States Army Philippine Scouts Division. During this time, the Philippines was a territorial property and colony of the United States and was engaged (alongside the American colonizers) in a battle to suppress the Moro Resistance (1899-1913) in the Southern Philippines.
In 1911, Private Nisperos along with the Philippine Scout’s 34th Company was sent to the Basilan Island to subdue the ‘rebel forces’ there resisting the US takeover of Basilan and the whole Mindanao. On September 24, 1911, Nisperos together with his mother unit, the 34th Company, was ambushed in Lapurap, Basilan Island by a large group of rebels armed with bolos and spears. Nisperos’ unit gained a handful of casualties during the ambush but because of Private Nisperos’ action at the time of the siege (He fought the raging rebel forces until they retreated back to the hills using only one hand – his left hand was badly wounded and he received several spear wounds on his body), the 34th Company Philippine Scout was spared from total annihilation. For his gallant action, bravery, and valor in the battlefield, Private Jose B. Nisperos was awarded on November 25, 1912, the United States Congressional Medal of Honor. He was medically discharged due to the severity of his wounds and given a pension of $55.00 /month. He died in 1922 after a long illness at the age of 34.