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WWII PHILIPPINE POW + GUERRILLA - Rare Japanese Oath of Allegiance


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In keeping with the "Philippine Guerrilla" thread I posted yesterday, here is another VERY RARE document to a Philippine Guerrilla who fought against the Japanese with the US Army and was a POW.

 

The difference here is that this document belonged to a graduate of the PMA , the Philippine Military Academy , the PI's version of " West Point"

 

The item to me that is amazing it survived is the wool class banner. It is for the Class of 1942. They didnt get a chance to finish and left to fight in 1941.

 

The owner of these items was an officer in the Phillippine Army

 

He was an acknowledged expert on psychological warfare during his time, He was born to a working class couple in pandan, Catanduanes on November 15, 1917. His father, worked as a highway inspector; his mother was, for a long time, a government clerk.

 

He obtained his higher education from the Mapua Institute of Technology and the University of the Philippines, and his military training from the Prestigious Philippine Military Academy. He was commissioned third lieutenant in the regular force of the Philippine Army on December 31, 1941.

 

During the Japanese Occupation, he was among the thousands who underwent the infamous Death March, at the end of which he suffered imprisonment in the concentration camp at Capas, Tarlac. He miraculously survived both ordeals.

 

He served as a member of the Allied Intelligence Bureau and as battalion commander of the Bicol Guerrilla Brigade. For his gallantry in action in Bataan, he was decorated with the Gold Cross.

 

Upon the war’s end in 1945, he proceeded to the United States to further hone his military know-how at the Officers Training School in Fort Benning, Georgia. When he returned to the country, he served on the staff of the Philippine Ground Combat School and the Reserve Officers Service School, before joining that of his alma mater, the PMA.

 

The document was an " Oath of Allegiance" that Philippine POWs were required to sign if they wanted to be let out of the POW camp. Most did and ignored what they had signed.

 

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:jeal0001: :wink2: Congrats again!

 

I knew you would appreciate this one Sean!

 

Kurt

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Here is another copy of a Japanese Oath of loyalty signed by a Philippine P.O.W. in order to be released. This fellow too went back into the field and fought the Japanese until the liberation.


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Back to the top in memory of the fall of Bataan, April 9, 1942.

 

Kurt

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1SG_1st_Cav

You guys are really finding some awesome personal history. I love reading it. Thanks!

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