Hi everyone. Lately I have started thinking if Filipinos or Filipino Americans participated in the "War to End All Wars" (World War 1). does anyone know if any of them particpated and have information on them?
Post by legionnaire on Jan 3, 2009 14:41:02 GMT -5
Pilipino soldiers from the Philippines were sent to the European war theatres by the U.S. Armed Forces.
In 1918, Tomas Mateo Claudio, Cpl USMC AEF and a Morong, Rizal native, died in Chateau Thierry, France in the Battle of Belleau Wood, that became legendary, not only for the heavy number of casualties, but also for the Marines courage under fire.
In 1917 the Philippine Assembly created the Philippine National Guard with the intent to join the American Expeditionary Force. By the time it was absorbed into the National Army it had grown to 25,000 soldiers. However, these units did not see action.
The first Filipino to die in World War I was Private Tomas Claudio who served with the U.S. Marine Corps as part of the American Expeditionary Forces to Europe. He died in the Battle of Chateau Thierry in France on June 29, 1918. The Thomas Claudio Memorial College in Eastern Rizal, Philippines, which was founded in 1950, was named in his honor.
Thanks for the info Philip. Looking for info on this subject was hard for me as I wasn't too sure to start. I thought looking for information on Filipinos and Fil/Am's in World War 2 was hard enough. So from what it sounds it seems like Pilipinos in the U.S. were Hawaiian National Guard and Pilipinos from their homeland were sent to the warfront. wonder if any of them were trained with Philippine Scouts from that era