US Congressional Gold Medal Awardees 10th Military District, US Forces in the Philippines (USFIP)

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May 12, 2020

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In accordance with Public Law 114-265, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal was awarded by US Director for Veterans Affairs, US Embassy, Manila Tracey A. Betts assisted by Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana last November 27, 2018 during the PHIVDEC Veterans’Day Event 2018 held at the Limketkai Mall Atrium, Cagayan de Oro City.
As Cagayan de Oro commemorates the 75th Anniversary of its Liberation from Imperial Japan, the Phividec Industries Association salutes the following awardees who played that part in attaining this ultimate victory. MABUHAY!
•    Private First Class Rito M. Caracot - Combat Company, 105thInfantry Regiment, 10th Military District and Headquarters Service Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 62nd Infantry Regiment, 6th Military District, US Forces in the Philippines
    Served September 16, 1942 to December 3, 1945 with the Combat Company, 105thInfantry Regiment, and 10th Military District Infantry. Assigned in the area of Lanao from Kolambugan that harassed the enemy and provided intelligence to the allied liberation forces. He became part of the Headquarters Service Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 62nd Infantry Regiment, 6th Military District. 
•    Private Claudio E. Flores - “K” Company, 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry
    Served July 15, 1944 to June 10, 1945, Pvt. Flores rendered wartime military service under the “K” Company, 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry which fought fiercely against the Japanese forces in Mindanao, particularly in Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga and Davao. 
•    Private Hilarion R. Abarca - “H” Company, 2nd Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Army
    Served December 16, 1942 to May 21, 1945 with “H” Company, 2nd Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Army. The unit conducted combat operations in Lugait, Initao, Misamis Oriental and adjoining provinces in Mindanao, inflicting serious damage to the enemies which led to their eventual surrender. His unit was later attached to the 8th US Army at Manticao, Initao, Misamis Oriental. 
•    Corporal Nicasio V. Magno - Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company, 1st Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, US Forces in the Philippines (USFIP)
    Served February 1, 1944 to October 1, 1945, under the Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company, 1st Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment. First joined the guerillas under the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment and assigned to the Battalion S-2 and S-3 as draftsman and made sketches of maps. Subsequently, his unit was attached to the 8th US Army and later transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company, 1st Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment; his unit served as guard and participated in enemy actions at Nasipit and Amparo in the province of Agusan del Norte. 
•    Private Federico S. Beniag - “I” Company, 3rd Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment. US Forces in the Philippines
    Served August 1, 1943 to July 31, 1945, with “I” Company, 3rd Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment. His unit conducted many combat and mopping up operations against the enemy forces and helped in liberating several coastal towns in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon. 
•    Private Sulpicio N. Cabasan - “B” Company, 109th Division, 10th Military District, US Forces in the Philippines (USFIP)
    Served November 23, 1942 to September 26, 1945, with “B” Company, 109th Division, 10th Military District. He served in various combat operations against the Japanese occupation forces in Lanao and adjoining provinces in Mindanao. Their unit inflicted heavy damage to the enemy’s facilities and equipment and caused many enemy casualties which led to their eventual surrender. 
•    Corporal Pastor M. Tanguamos - Signal Company, 105th Division, 10th Military District, US Forces in the Philippines (USFIP)
    Served April 8, 1943 to July 3, 1948, under the Signal Company, 105th Division, 10th Military District. His unit operated in Lopez Jaena, Oroquieta, Misamis Oriental, Kolambugan and adjacent towns and was responsible for intercepting enemy communications that contributed to the eventual defeat of the Japanese forces. 
•    Sergeant Aquilino N. Caldoza - “A” Company, 1stBattalion, 104thInfantry Regiment and 87th Military Police Company, Philippine Army
    Served December 8, 1941 to January 23, 1947 under the “A” Company, 1st Battalion, 104th Infantry Regiment. His unit conducted combat operations against the Japanese occupation forces and Filipino collaborators in Mindanao. He later served under 87th Military Police Company, Philippine Army, that was responsible for cooperating with the civil authorities on plans including those for police protection, blackouts, and anti-sabotage activities in the area of Misamis Oriental, Lugait, Bukidnon and nearby towns.  
•    Private Martiniano R. Quidet - 101st Engineer Battalion, 101st Division, Philippine Army,
    United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) 
    Served October 22, 1941 to January 23, 1946, with the 101st Engineer Battalion, 101st Division, Philippine Army (USAFFE). His unit provided construction and combat engineering support to other guerilla forces that operated in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Lanao. 
•    Maj. Fidencio M. Laplap (Ret) - “B” Company, 81st Eng. Battalion, 81st Division, USAFFE and 109th Infantry Regiment, 109th Infantry Division, 10th Military District, US Forces in the Philippines (USFIP)
    Served August 28, 1941 to April 30, 1946. Col. Laplap started as a trainee under the Field Artillery, Philippine Army. He was commissioned 3ld Lieutenant on August 28, 1941 and was inducted into the USAFFE on December 8, 1941 at Camp Overton, Iligan City and assigned to the “B” Company, 81st Eng. Battalion, 81st Division as executive officer. When the regular forces in Mindanao were disbanded, he refused to surrender and organized the 109th Infantry Regiment, 109th Infantry Division, 10th Military District. He led his unit in numerous tactical, combat and extensive mopping up operations against the enemy forces in Cagayan and other parts of Misamis Oriental. 
    For his gallantry in action, Colonel Laplap was awarded the US “Silver Star Medal” in December 1945 and the “Gold Cross Medal” by the Philippine Anny in the same month.  
    The Silver Star Medal, is the United States Armed Forces 3rd-highest personal decoration for valor in combat. It is awarded primarily to members of the United States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.
•    3Lt Trifon V. Judith - Philippine Constabulary and 1st Replacement Company, 5th Replacement Battalion
    Served April 20, 1942 to May 23, 1945, under the Philippine Constabulary that maintained peace, law and order in Oroquieta, Lugait, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and adjacent towns. After the disbandment of the regular forces, he joined the 1st Replacement Company, 5th Replacement Battalion. His unit was tasked in augmentation and replacement of their fellow guerrillas who were killed or wounded during combat operations in various areas in Mindanao.


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