Post by legionnaire on Jul 12, 2006 1:09:39 GMT -5
Battling Bastards of Bataan HONOR Guard
The Silver Star award pinned by the Gen. on Col. Ortega ;D
Watching the Parade in Review.
Parade in Review, Sunday July 9, 2006
Joe Lopez holding Regt. Banner has a relative who served in Bataan, receiving Participation ribbons awarded by Event main Organizer Lou Lopez
Military press relations getting into the action!
The Defenders with the Gen. ( Richard Gross) and Col Ortega.
Joe Lopez, Steve Baffa, Me, Fred Hewitt and Tim Jordan are from the San Diego Military history group except me. ;D They represent the 19th Coast Artillery, 2nd Cavalry Div. and are responsible for this great Camp Bataan set up.
No Mama no Papa no uncle Sam!
Remenber the Battling Bastards of BATAAN!
some photos courtesy of Joseph Rocamora . Enjoy. More to come!
Did any spectators discuss history with you guys? At the Reading WWII Weekend, a lady approached me and told me that her late dad was with the 91st Coast Artillery Phil. Scouts. She thanked me for representing the Scouts in the event. That hit a spot in me, and I was glad to have participated.
Post by legionnaire on Jul 12, 2006 11:59:01 GMT -5
Maraming salamt Vic. This is a great forum to show and tell!
yes we had a lot of folks who had fathers and relatives who served in bataan and were so honor to meet Col. Ortega a real veteran and war hero. We even got another Pinoy recruit to join us as a Philippine Scout. We had so many take our pictures as this was whole new experience for me. I even join my first parade in review with Joe Lopez carrying the regt. flag and fred hewett and had to do an introduction to the audience last Sunday to represent the Philippine scouts, Philippine Division. unfortunately no photos on my first parade in review.
We had the best location in the entire Fort macArthur and since that fort was manned by the Army we were the BESt representative. The rest of the airborne guys and late war GI 's became quite common.
There was even a Rosie the riverter around. Hope you can join us next year. As we plan on getting a scout car as one of the folks was a Lady who owned one and could otw a 37mm gun too. I knew her as I helped her tow that anti tank gun for a 1/6 convention show last year.
have been attending this almost every year. What made this year unique was the apperance of Filipino reenactors.
This is the first time I attended on a Sunday. I watched the usual openning parade of the participants. And then this group caught my eye. The Spanish-American War reenactors. I've seen them before but this was the first time I saw a Katipunero. Here's the picture of them during the parade. On the far left is the Katipunero carrying the black flag.
As the parade progressed. I checked out the Bataan Reenactors. Lo and behold, there's another Filipino. He is right smack in the middle. I know this guy during my 6th scale collecting period. His name is Philip Garcia.
After the parade, the first reenactment demonstration was the Spanish-American War. In this reenactment, the US Rough Riders are up against the Spanish and the Filipinos. Here are the 'bad guys'.
Here's the lone Katipunero on top of the hill, awaiting the onslaught.
Here are the attacking group, definitely outclassing the defenders.
After the Spanish-American War reenactment, I made my way to look for Philip Garcia. On my way there, I encountered some excellent impressions. Here they are:
A World War II French Legionaire
A World War II Luftwaffe Officer
And some Iwo Jima reenactors
Finally, I caught up with Philip. Here he is with the Philippine flag. Great picture. Note in the background, his customized 6th Scale Figures. Philip is known to customize the Dragon figures into Philippine themed historical figures.
Philip then took me to the Spanish-American War reenactor's camp and introduced me to the other Filipino reenactors. Here they are, left to right: Philip Garcia, Frank Lopez and Teddy Ortega.
She was in a group with these other cuties doing a photo op with a vintage jeep.
But my favorite was this brunette. She's quite stunning.
Ahem....anyway, back to the Filipino reenactors. I later chanced upon a real Filipino hero in the form of Retired Brigadier General Antonio Ortega. Who, in World War II received a Silver Star commissioned by General Douglas MacArthur. Here's a poster detailing the other awards he received.
And here he is in the flesh with one of his reenactor sons, left to right: Ray Ortega, Antonio Ortega and Philip Garcia.
We later had them pose with an artillery piece in the background while carrying their colors.
Here's a great reenactment photo op. General Douglas MacArthur decorating the retired Brigadier General.
And here's the proud warrior.
We later got to pose with Gunny R Lee Ermey. The other Filipino reenactor wearing shorts is the other son of Brigadier Gen Ortega, Manny Ortega.
Before I left the event, I got introduced to another Filipino reenactor who flew all the way from Tacoma Washington to participate in the Fort MacArthur Days. His name is Arturo Garcia who can trace his lineage to the time of Katipuneros.
All in all, it was very encouraging for me to meet the Filipino reenactors. I can wear a uniform that I can say is part of my history. I hope I can join them later.
It is with sad regret, I pass on the message from the Rogue Privateers living history group, I was informed today that our benefactor, Mr. Lou Lopez, the main coordinator for the Old Fort MacArthur Days Military Timeline event, passed away this morning @ 5 am. There will not be a funeral service. Please join us as we all bow our heads in silence and remembrance to the man who gave all of us military re-enactors and living historians a place to call ‘home’ at Fort MacArthur… R.I.P. Lou, you will be sorely missed…