WWII Philippines in Today's News May 7, 2012 1:08:52 GMT -5
Post by friscohare on May 7, 2012 1:08:52 GMT -5
Roy Diaz reads engravings on his Army canteen cup listing the places where he served in World War II, including the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines at his home in Salinas. Diaz is Salinas' last Bataan Death March survivor
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(The Californian.com, 05/04/12)
April 14, marked the 70th anniversary of the 194th Company C Tank Battalion luncheon at the Elks Lodge Salinas. The last local survivors of the Bataan death march, Roy Diaz and Norman Rose of San Jose, came. Manuel Nevarez of Sparks, Nev. was unable to come. Many widows of P.O.W.s, daughters, sons and brothers attended.
Normandy Rose, the daughter of Norman Rose, had a very touching moment that she shared in the Elks bulletin. She wrote about Roy Diaz and Norman Rose shaking hands. They hadn't seen each other for 10 years, and looked at each other in the eyes with big tears. It was a moment I will never forget.
They knew that they were the only two people on Earth who could possibly ever understand what a miracle it is to still be alive. We would like to thank the Salinas Elks Lodge, Casandra Cleave and Barry Wilson for making this all possible, and Martin Jefferson for bringing his halftrack.
Mayor Donohue was unable to come since he was working on a major project. The City Council sent a plaque of recognition. Aides from Rep. Sam Farr's office came. Sen. Anthony Cannella of the 12th Senate District came. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent a letter of commendation, as did David Pendergrass, the mayor of Sand City.
Assemblyman Luis Alejo came with two of his aides. County Supervisor Simon Salinas came, bringing a resolution plaque. The mayor of Monterey, Chuck Della Sala, came, as did the 149th Armor Regiment. Honorary Command Sgt Maj. Gary Johnson and Arthur Nicholas Jr. came and presented the 149th regiment coin.
Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Veterans Transition Center in Marina. Roy would also like to thank Mayor Donahue and Salinas City Council for naming a street after him at Airport Boulevard in Salinas, and everyone that came.