The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project is a nonpartisan, community-based, all-volunteer national initiative whose mission is to raise awareness through academic research and public information and obtain national recognition of Filipino and Filipino-American WWII Soldiers across the United States and Philippines for their wartime service to the U.S. and the Philippines from July 1941 to December 1946.
CONDUCT A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO:
- Initiate conclusive academic research on the Filipino American Soldiers experience during World War II including the Philippine Scouts, Philippine Commonwealth Army, Recognized Guerillas, New Philippine Scouts, 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment, 2d Filipino Infantry Battalion (Sep), And 1st Recon Battalion.
- Raise national awareness and public education/information on their wartime service and sacrifice in defending the Philippines and United States.
- Seek act of U.S. Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino American World War II soldiers.
FACTORS TO SUPPORT RECOGNITION
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a Military Order on July 26, 1941 directing the Philippine Commonwealth Army, Philippine Scouts, and Philippine Constabulary to be under the command of the Commander, U.S. Army Forces Far East (USAFFE) to defend the Philippines and United States.
- The fall of Bataan in April 1942, and Corregidor in May 1942 led to the capture of over 72,000 American and Filipino troops.
USAFFE forces and Filipino civilians organized into Recognized Guerilla Units led by U.S. and Philippine Army Officers.
The 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment, 2d Filipino Infantry Battalion (Sep), organized in California, and 1st Recon Battalion participated in the Philippine Liberation in 1945-46.
- Over 260,000 Filipino soldiers fought in WWII. An estimated 16,000 to 18,000 soldiers remain in the U.S. and Philippines.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Raise awareness through academic research and public education.
- Contact your congressional leaders, state/city/local officials to support The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project.
- Tell your families why we must support the Filipino soldiers of World War II.
- Tell your children the historical significance of the Filipino soldiers' accomplishments in WWII.
- Thank soldiers for their wartime service to the United States and Philippines from July 1941 to December 1946.