Great work on the black and white picture Victor. It looks very WWII(vintage). Thanks for all the additional pics and newspaper article Philip. I hope I can watch the TFC broadcast of the event. I'm sorry that they messed up your name.
It turned out Joseph just found out that his uncle was a Scout. It's in the blood, he could assume the look ;D
Yup, I just found out indeed that my Uncle is a Philippine Scout. I told my Dad about me wearing USAFFE uniform and he told me about his older brother. When I was a kid, I have heard stories that my Uncle was a World War II veteran, and that he escaped the Death March to fight with the guerillas up until the liberation. But, as I said, I was a kid then and didn't really paid much attention to those stories.
Sadly, my Uncle passed away of lung cancer when I was in my teens. I was wondering then why his casket was covered with an American Flag, and that he was given a 21 gun salute. I never got to hear his war stories first hand.
The only known documentation I know of my Uncle's exploits was through a book written in the early 80s. The author was a Philippine Military officer. He compiled details of all the Filipino heroes of World War 2, including my Uncle's actions which garnered him a decoration. The author provided a signed copy to my Dad. Unfortunately, I cannot determine the whereabouts of that book. I don't even know now the name of the author nor the exact title of the book. But you guys gotta believe me. There is such a book out there. Hopefully, someday, a copy will turn up.
Would the title of this book be "Filipino Heroes", a blue paperback with photos of Filipino medals on the cover? I have this book back in the Philippines but I forgot the author's name.