ATTENTION        FREE ADMISSION

60 YEARS LATER 

SALUTE

to the

UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES OF THE FAR EAST 

A DAY OF ORAL HISTORIES:

5 SURVIVORS

OF THE BATAAN DEATH MARCH,

POW, Escape and Underground GUERRILLA WAR,

Hell Ships, Slave Camps, and the Nagasaki ATOMIC BOMB 

AT THE

PATRIOTIC HALL

AUDITORIUM

July 26, 2002 - FRIDAY

9:30AM to 12:30 PM 

USAFFE, 26th Cavalry, Philippine Scouts, author, “Lt. Ramsey’s War”

DR. LESTER TENNEY

USAFFE, 192nd Tank Battalion, author.“My Hitch in Hell..The Bataan Death March

Panel Speakers:  GEN. TAGUMPAY VICTOR NANADIEGO

USAFFE, 31ST Division, (PA), under the command of Gen. Clifford Bluemel

COMMODORE RAMON ALCARAZ

USAFFE, 1st Lt., Offshore Patrol, under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Major CRES ABAD

USAFFE, 301st Field Artillery, 1st Lt. AUS  

Sponsored by the:

ERASTO R. BATONGMALAQUE FOUNDATION

“Respecting the Aged and Honoring Our Veterans”

In cooperation with

THE CALIFORNIA MILITARY HISTORY AND MUSEUM

Acknowledgment and Thanks:

Major Ralph Ramirez, Director of California Military History Educational Program

Lt. Mark Susuki for the Roving Museum of WWII in the Pacific(Display at Lobby)

Roberto Navarro, Video Film Director

For Group Reservations: Contact CYNTHIA of the ERB Foundation(310) 835-8365 

 

 

 

 


Hi,
Please make sure that this information is distributed to those on your email list.  You can insure that everyone is informed of this historic event.  You can call the Patriotic Hall at (213) 744 4828 for referral to local hotels.
 
The date for this Free to the Public, "once in a lifetime event" is July 26 at Patriotic Hall in Los Angeles (just South of the Santa Monica Fwy and just East of the Harbor Fwy near Downtown Los Angeles) with Free Parking to the rear of the building.   Space is limited to 600 in the auditorium so get there early.  Displays at 9 to 10AM, with the Premier of the Film beginning the program ":Liberation of the Philippines", followed by two Keynote Speeches by Lester Tennery and Edwin Ramsey.  A panel discussion of those featured in the film will follow.
 
I hope you will be able to join us at the Salute to the United States Armed Forces of the Far East.  The Navy, Marine and  Air Corp all served with their Filipino counterparts as part of MacArthur's U.S. Armed Forces of the Far East from July 26, 1941.... in their fight against Japanese invaders.
 
That they held out until April (Bataan) and May (Corregidor) is one of the miracle military actions of World War II.  The time for the buildup and intelligence preparations for the Battle of Coral Sea and Midway would not have been available if not for MacArthur's  courageous U.S. and Filipino forces that made up the United States Armed Forces of the Far East.
 
What was not mentioned in the Flyer is that the California Military History Educational Project will Premiere an original film  "Liberation of the Philippines", which was created specifically for this event.  Featuring oral histories and first hand accounts.... the story of survival, heroism and honor .... is a story everyone should see.  Copies of the video will be available for purchase.
 
Oral Histories of USAFFE members featured in the film include:
 
Lester Tenney, 192 Tank Btn (Illinois Nat'l Guard), Bataan, Capas, Cabanatuan, Hell Ships, 3 1/2 years of Slave Labor in Japan, Author: "My Hitch in Hell The Bataan Death March"
LtCDR Walt Riter, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Kawajalwin, Palau, Leyte, Luzon, Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Nagasak, Korea and Vietnam
BG Henry Muller, 11th Airborne, Planned the Los Banos Prison Camp liberation,  Luzon, Leyte, Planner for invasion of Japan, Commander:  101st, 82nd Airborne, Deputy Dir CIA, Korea, Vietnam 
LtCol  Edwin Ramsey, 26th (Horse) Cavalry Philippine Scouts, Commanded the last Horse Cavalry attack in US Army History, Bataan,Author - "Horse Soldier to Guerilla Commander". Developed Luzon guerilla force  and Commanded 40,000 guerillas in Luzon
BG Tagumpay Nanadiego, 31st Motor Transport Company, Bataan Death March, Capas, Guerilla Leader, Judge Advocate, Army of the Philippines, Korea
Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, First Graduating Class - Philippine Military Academy, "Q" Boat Commander, Corregidor, BC and Guerilla leader, Commander: Coastal Defense Force, Korea
 
plus the story of their fathers as told by two children of USAFFE veterans:  
 Jenny Batongmalaque, M.D.(COL Erasto Batongmalaque, Philippine Scouts, Bataan, BC, guerilla leader and 
 June Gordon Gonzalez, M.D. (Chief Pharmacist Mate Carl Burke Gordon,USN, Bataan, Capas, Cabanatuan, Hell Ship, Slave Labor in Japan ...  Mitsui Coal Mine
 
Come and be part of this historic event.
All of the people featured in the film are invited to participate in the Program.
 
Come and join us for this Historic event.
 
Ralph Roy Ramirez  
California Military History Educational Project http://www.cmhep.org/
a Project of the California Military Museum http://www.militarymuseum.org/
Funded by the California Legislature through the California Arts Council (866) 603 2886

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