DAUNTLESS: The 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, United States Army (Ebook)
Author: Marie Silva Vallejo
Publisher: Eastwind Books of Berkeley: 2023
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DAUNTLESS: The 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments; United States Army; Fought to Free the Philippines; a Secret Group Returned Before the Allies
1941. December 7. At almost eight in the morning, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that ended with thousands of American casualties. Less than ten hours after, the Japanese invasion of the Philippines began. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dubbed the attack "the date that will live in infamy."
It was the mainspring for the entry of the United States into World War II and catalyzed the formation of the U.S. Army's First Filipino Battalion.With the Philippines attacked, Filipinos living in the United States of America up and volunteered for the military--burning with the desire to return to their motherland and repel the enemy. The questioned arose: why did they join when their entire life in California was debased with systemic and rampant anti-Filipino sentiment and legislation? What complicated patriotism had made thousands of Filipino men in America volunteer into the Army despite decades of horrible inequities inflicted upon them? Was it even worth it?
The First Filipino Battalion was formed, and around 7,000 eagerly volunteered. From the unit came the First and Second Infantry Regiments that returned with the liberation forces. From the Regiments formed the First Reconnaissance Battalion (Special) and the 978th Signal Service Company, secret military units highly trained and known only to General Douglas MacArthur and a few of his staff. Why were these suicidal missions sent to the Philippines in the two years before his return? And why were they a secret?
Discovering that her father was a member of this clandestine unit, author Marie Silva Vallejo was compelled to find out. But the secrecy of the covert missions to the islands challenged the creation of their chronological history. Large gaps about their exploits in the Philippines had to be filled in largely from guerrilla records to complete their story. The children of the men who were so proud of their fathers, shared their stories that fleshed out the daunting experiences they underwent in the jungles of the islands.
Pages 1 to 564 (in the print book) includes written narratives and analysis of 1st and 2nd Filipino Regiment. Pages 565 to 761 (in the print book) are primary documents including letters, proclamations, photographs and names of the participants.
Table of Contents
A Filipino Battalion 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment
1st Filipino Infantry Regiment New Guinea and Th
A Filipino Battalion 2nd Filipino Infantry Regimen
1st Reconnaissance Battalion Paratroopers
Mindanao Island February 1943 - March 1944
Mindanao Island March 1944 - June 1945
Luzon Island, Northern Area
Luzon Island, Central Area
Philippine Civil Affairs Unit (PCAU) Counterintel
Luzon Island Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp
Luzon Island Los Baños Prisoner of War Camp
Appendixes and Sources
About the Author
Author: Marie Silva Vallejo has a degree in Education and pursued graduate studies in Psychology. Her corporate life was in Data Security and Internal Audit at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California. She authored 'The Battle of Ising,' a WWII battle for the liberation of Mindanao, Philippines. She was on the Board of the American Historical Collection in Manila. She has managed the Museum Volunteers of the Philippines (MVP)'s WWII History course modules and given talks on WWII subjects. She spearheaded the scanning of the Guerrilla Recognition Program files in the Philippine Archives Collection at the US National Records and Administration (NARA) that began the Philippine Veterans Administration Office's (PVAO) mission to scan the entire Collection and make it available online to show the Filipinos' contribution to WWII history.
ISBN: 9781961562004 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781961562035 (Epub)