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Faustino Baclig, Philipines

FAUSTINO "PEPING" BACLIG

Age: 85 -- Birthplace: Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Survivor of the Batan Death March during WWII and Japanese concentration camp at Capaz, Tarlac; imprisoned in Japanese provincial jail of Ilocos Sur, Vigan; fought the guerilla war with the U.S. in the South Pacific; honorably discharged in 1946.

I did not fight with the thought of becoming a hero. I just did what I was ordered to do, but suffering such sacrifices and expecting death at any moment gave me the strength and the courage to fight. Through these trials it made me realize that there was always someone greater. Someone who was always with me.

In the many years of bitter struggles, and now much slower to make any move, yet still willing and daring to go into a fight for any issue that is worth fighting for. I devoted the last years of my life to still fight for these rights and benefits so deserving to all those who fought side by side with the Americans!

In the United States of America, where my aging limbs have taken me to spend the last years of my life, I've come to help and dedicate my services to organizations throughout my community.