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    Filipino World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Application


    Filipino WWII Congressional Gold Medal Application

    Download Application Here
    NAME: (First) __________________________(Last) __________________________ (Middle Initial) ______

    Surviving:                               (YES)    (NO)

    Veteran’s Address:                 ______________________________________

    City: ________________   State: ______

    Zip Code: ____________

    Telephone #: (         )   ________-___________

    Email Address: _________________________

    Military Service Number:        ___________________

    Date of Birth:              ___________________

    Branch of Service:                   ___________________

    Unit Specific Name:                ______________________________________________

    Retired:                                    (YES)   (NO)

    Received Filipino Veterans                                                     Currently receiving
    Equity Compensation:             (YES)   (NO)  (Appeal)          VA Benefits:                           (YES)  (NO)

    POW:                                      (YES)  (NO)

    Date of Service:                       _________________  to __________________

    Location of Service:                ______________________________________________

    Physical Status:                       ______________________ (i.e. Walker, Wheel Chair, Cane)

    Veteran Attending Event:        (YES)   (NO)


    NEXT of KIN Information:

    NAME:  (Last)   ___________________ (First) _________________ (Middle Initial) _____

    Relationship to Veteran: _____________________

    Address: _______________________________

    City: ___________________ State: _________

    Zip Code: __________

    Telephone #:  (     ) _____-_______

    Email Address: _____________________

    Next of Kin Attending Event:  (YES) (NO)

    COMMENT: _______________________________________________________________________________

    I certify that the information provided above is true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.


    _________________________________   ________________

    Applicant’s Signature                        Date



    For CGM  ONLY
    Region Certified National Certified

    “PRIVACY.  The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (“FilVetREP”) will consider information provided by you on this Application Form as private and confidential.  FilVetREP intends to use this information only in connection with the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal (“CGM”) project, including but not limited to, for the purpose of identifying and qualifying Filipino and American World War II veterans for CGM award, fundraising campaigns, and promotional efforts in accordance with applicable law.  FilVetREP does not intend to use this information for commercial purpose. By submitting this Application Form, you consent to, and expressly authorize, FilVetREP’ s (including its designees and authorized representatives) use, retention and disposition of your information in connection with the Filipino Veterans of World War II CGM project.”


    Please send you application for verification to the Regional Directors:


    Region Location Region Director Contact
    Connecticut (CT), Maine (ME), Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), New Year (NY), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), Vermont (VT) Ben de Guzman bdeguzman@gmail.com
    Delaware (DE), Maryland (MD), Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WVA) Sonny Busa  sonnybusa@yahoo.com
    Illinois (IL), Minnesota (MN), Nebraska (NE), Wisconsin (WI) Jelly Carandang, Angeles MSJELLYBEANS@aol.com,
    Iowa (IA), Kentucky (KY), Michigan (MI), Ohio (OH) ArminM. Sayson armin@sayson.net
    Alabama (AL), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Mississippi (MS), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN) Enrique(Dick) A. Aquino eeric421@comcast.net
    Colorado (CO), Kansas (KS), Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming (WY), North Dakota (ND) Michael Sembre mdsimbre@msn.com
    Arkansas (AR), Louisiana (LA), New Mexico (NM), Oklahoma (OK), Texas (TX) Maria Christina

    Panis Poisot

    Nonie Caban

    Alaska (AK), Idaho (ID), Oregon (OR), Washington (WA) Oscar Hilman                                  Thelma Sevilla plchb@aol.com,
    Northern / Southern California (CA) Luisa M. Antonio                          Cecilia Gaerlan luisa.antonio@vetsequitycenter.org 
    Arizona (AZ), Nevada (NV), Utah (UT) Rozita Villanueva Lee                               Leo Fortuna rozitalee@aol.com
    Hawaii (HI), Guam (GU), American Samoa (AS), Marianas Island (MI) Ben Acohido vinusto@outlook.com
    Philippines and Overseas Embassies Fred Calbasi cabalsias@yahoo.com


    Instructions for the Application

    • Please Download the Filipino WWII Congressional Gold Medal Application
    • Completely fill out the Application
    • Look on the page 2 to find the VETERANS (or Surviving NEXT of KIN) Regional Director Representative (Each Regional Director are broken out by US State and Us Territories). Please email directly to your Regional Director.
    • Once the Region Director receives your Application they will contact you and follow up to CERTIFY your documentation and/or eligibility (See below for Eligibility for the Medal). Never give any of your ORIGINAL Documents.
    • Should you not have any documentation, please see our RESOURCE LINKS page to request the VETERAN’s information. This process in ordering/requesting records may take some time.


    Eligibility for the Congressional Gold Medal

    “Filipino Veterans of World War II” to include an individual who served:

    • Honorably at any time from July 26, 1941, to December 31, 1946;
    • In an active-duty status under the command of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Far East; and
    • Within the Philippine Commonwealth Army, the Philippine Scouts, the Philippine Constabulary, Recognized Guerrilla Units, the New Philippine Scouts, the First Filipino Infantry Regiment, the Second Filipino Infantry Battalion (Separate), or the First Reconnaissance Battalion; or
    • Commanding or serving in such a unit as a U.S. military officer or enlisted soldier.


    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.



    • Seek act of U.S. Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino American World War II soldiers.
    • 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.


    • 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.
    • Over 260,000 Filipino soldiers fought in WWII. An estimated 16,000 to 18,000 soldiers remain in the U.S. and Philippines.
    • 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.

    Resource Links for Filipino WWII Veterans to obtain documentation

    United States

    National Archives


    National Personnel Records Center




    Access to Archival Database




    US Veteran Affairs Records



    Philippines Veterans Affairs Office

    Please contact Camp Aguinaldo to their Military Records and obtain an AGO 23

    Foreign Countries

    Contact nearest Philippines Embassy


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