Monday, April 15, 2013

Philippine Scouts, descendants honor those who fought in WWII

This is not only important that groups still get together and honor those that fought and died, but that these people are also recognized.  Very glad to see media coverage of gatherings and interviews with those involved.  We as a society must never forget the sacrifices made by our ancestors to get us where we are today.
Zenaida Crisostomo Slemp of Puyallup joined her father’s military heritage organization years after his death. Something called out to her, telling her it was time to learn more about his past.
She knew her father, Serafin Crisostomo, survived as a prisoner of war of the Japanese after fighting overwhelming odds with the U.S. Army’s Philippine Scouts. Her grandfather fought there, too.
“I needed to honor my father, to keep his legacy going,” she said.

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Jose Calugas, left, president of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Rudy Cabigas, center, dressed in a Philippine Scouts uniform, and David Tejada, 90, who served with Philippine Scouts enjoy sharing war stories at the 29th National Reunion of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society in Tacoma on Friday. (LUI KIT WONG/Staff writer)

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