Post by Karl Welteke on Apr 11, 2012 18:27:51 GMT 8
The Philippine Scout Heritage Society (PSHS) held their 28th National Annual Reunion in the Republic of the Philippines for the first time ever. The main venue of the reunion was the former Fort Stotsenburg, also ex Clark Air Base, now the Clark Development Corporation (CDC). Here is the program:
Also due to time constrains I’m loading the album with the many pictures first because I don’t write any lengthy descriptions. Shorter albums with long description will follow much later, very much later!
Post by Karl Welteke on Apr 12, 2012 9:42:01 GMT 8
Here is my description of the Memorial Service led by the Philippine Scout Heritage Society (PSHS) in the Clark Cemetery.
The Philippine Scout Heritage Society (PSHS) held their 28th National Annual Reunion in the Republic of the Philippines for the first time ever. The main venue of the reunion was the former Fort Stotsenburg, then the ex Clark Air Base, now the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
On the 8th April the PSHS, VFW Posts 2485 & 9892, CDC, the Philippine Air Force, many Philippine Scout reenactors and others held a memorial service to the Scouts on the Clark Veterans Cemetery.
Veteran John Gilbert, Senior Vice Commander and Cemetery Chairman of VFW Post 2485 told us that he set up the memorial site in the middle of the cemetery because all around in this area lie about 600+ Philippine Scouts.
His cemetery organization from the VFW Post 2485 and their Officers and members set up the tents, chairs and everything else that is needed for such large memorial service. Yesterday and today he told us the history of the cemetery and a few individual stories of Scouts who had fallen and who are buried here.
The VFW Post 9892 Commander and senior Officers from Bauang participated. They recently played a major part in honoring the First Asian and Filipino MOH Recipient Jose Baliton Nisperos. His descendants were also present.
WWII Scout Veteran Felipe Fernandez told us emotionally by name of the close friends he lost in the WWII struggle.
The Philippine Reenactors from the Central Luzon area, Manila and Hong Kong gave the WWII Scouts, who attended and all the veterans in this cemetery a most proper salute. They were dressed in the WWII Scout uniforms, had 3 WWII Jeeps and some were on horses.
Three of the Stateside WWII Scout visitors were from the 26th Cavalry of Fort Stotsenburg. Scout Dan Figuracion participated in the last US Army Cavalry Charge in Morong Town, just south and adjacent of our great ex US Naval Base Subic Bay. Scout Eulalio Arzaga Was maybe the first Scout who encountered the Japanese at Lingayan Gulf.
The Philippine Air Force supported this Memorial Service with a band, bugle and a 21 Rifle Salute Squad. A Philippine Air Force Colonel was the guest speaker
Last but not least all the local Members of the Philippine Chapters of the PSHS done a most outstanding job of organizing the Scout Reunion the first time ever outside the US. I could see how big of a job it was bringing everything together.
Sorry, but I recall only three of the names of the WWII Scouts who attended, I believe there were a total of six or seven. They all must have been 90 years plus in age. It was an honor to meet them.
Post by Karl Welteke on Apr 12, 2012 14:28:16 GMT 8
PSHS 28th Reunion at Clark, CDC, 1st Day
Philippine Scout Heritage Society (PSHS) 28th Annual Reunion, 1st Day, arrive, get to know, speakers, Forgotten Soldiers, Banquet.
The Philippine Scout Heritage Society (PSHS) held their 28th National Annual Reunion in the Republic of the Philippines for the first time ever. The main venue of the reunion was the former Fort Stotsenburg, then the ex Clark Air Base, now the Clark Development Corporation (CDC). The Stotsenberg Hotel on CDC was chosen as the venue.
Fort Stotsenburg was the name of the Fort, home of the Philippine Scouts and after WWII it became the Clark Air Force Base. Then it became the Clark Development Corporation (CDC). The Reunion was held in the Stotsenberg Hotel. I don’t know whether the owners made a mistake or deliberately choose this name. But this sometime causes confusion as to Stotsenberg or Stotsenburg.
Post by Karl Welteke on Apr 13, 2012 12:08:47 GMT 8
PSHS 28th Reunion, Reenactment, Ft. Stotsenburg 8th April 2010
Philippine Scout Heritage Society (PSHS) 28th Annual Reunion, reenacting 1942 events when the Scouts stood up towards the Japanese. Philippine Reenactors from all over the Philippines, USA and Hong Kong got together on -The Parade Ground- of the former Fort Stotsenburg. It was for their own benefit but above all it was to honor the returning Philippine Scouts. This album has 86 Images, images have very short titles but the images can be downloaded at about 600KB on average: pisailor.multiply.com/photos/album/109/PSHS_28th_Reunion_Reenactment_Ft._Stotsenburg_8th_April_2012
Post by Karl Welteke on Apr 14, 2012 8:39:55 GMT 8
PSHS 28th Reunion, Displays, Artifacts, Clark, RP, 7th April 2012
For the Philippine Scout Heritage Society (PSHS) 28th Annual Reunion, all these displays and artifacts were presented. It was all at the reunion venue, the Stotsenberg Hotel at the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), the ex Clark Air Base. I know it is confusing but the name of the fort was Stotsenburg and the name of this hotel is Stotsenberg. This album has 54 Images, images have very short titles but the images can be downloaded at about 600KB on average: pisailor.multiply.com/photos/album/110/PSHS_28th_Reunion_Displays_Artifacts_Clark_RP_7th_April_2012
I believe, we have to thank Philip Garcia for all these poster displays and all the MOH Recipients framed pictures. The artifact, I assume, came from the PSHS Members and the Philippine Reenactors.
Here are some sample pictures:
PSHS Fort McKinley Chapter Poster
PSHS 28th Reunion Souvenir Program
Forgotten Soldiers Poster
Forgotten Soldiers, Ortigas Foundation INC presents:
Post by Karl Welteke on Apr 22, 2012 7:49:21 GMT 8
My friend Vic established a slideshow of the PSHS 28th National Reunion at the former Fort Stotsenburg. He wrote this: Slide show of photos from various events throughout the reunion. Thanks to the various individuals who took the shots, Albert Labrador, Tim Maceren, Philip Garcia, Joe Calugas, Karl Welteke. I apologize in advance if I missed anyone. The photos are not arranged in any particular order. Here is the slide show: smg.photobucket.com/albums/v477/jvsv/Living_History/PSHS_Reunion2012/?albumview=slideshow
Post by Karl Welteke on Nov 15, 2012 20:36:09 GMT 8
Philippine Scouts Monument was completed prior to Veterans Day
From: 15th Nov 2012
John H. Gilbert, Ed.D. 1SG, USA (Ret) Commander, VFW Post 2485 Chairman, Clark Veterans Cemetery
My apologies for the delay, but Veterans Day has occupied most of my time of late.
Through the efforts of many, the Philippine Scouts Monument was completed prior to Veterans Day and figured prominently in our Observance. Following introduction of the Monument, Major (Retired ) Scott Slayton, (CVC Historian), gave brief remarks on the place of the U.S. Amy Philippine Scouts in military history. Over 300 hundred attended.
Attached are several photos of the completed Monument. I believe you will be pleased with the results.
Your support and assistance made it possible to bring this project to fruition, and appropriately Honor all Veterans on this day, and in perpetuity.
Joe Calugas, Jr., PSHS President wrote this on the 14th Nov. 2012.
The PSHS monument at Clark Veterans cemetery in Pampanga Philippines looks great and I am pleased with the outcome. Thank you for all the work in designing the monument and the members of the VFW Post 2485 who made the project to fruition.
I also want to thank the members who have donated money for the project. This monument is to honor more than 650 Philippine Scouts buried in the cemetery. It was an honor to met you John and the members of the VFW Post 2485 last April 2012 during the 29th National reunion. On behalf of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society (PSHS) thank you so much for your support of the Philippines Scouts and the veterans.
Thank you also for the members of the Fort William Mckinley chapter who participated in the ceremony. To name a few Jojo Dy President of the Chapter, Roseller "Cooney" Romero his wife Theresa Romero, Jojo Nicolas, Edna Binkowski, that I recognized in the picture.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Mabuhay!
Cheers, Joe Calugas, Jr. PSHS President
I didn't attend but this was sent to me by email. Bad luck, I was unable to upload none of these 4 images.
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