ng mga Bayani
(Cemetery of the Heroes) is the Philippines
national cemetery within Fort Bonifacio Taguig City, Metro Manila for Filipino military personnel from privates to generals, as well as heroes and martyrs; Filipinos in the World War II. United States Armed Forces defenders of Bataan, Corregidor, Leyte, Leyte Gulf, Ormoc Bay, the battles off in Samar, Mindoro, Palawan, Luzon, recapured the battles in Bataan, Corregidor in 1945 Manila, Visayas, Mindanao from the battles of Balete, Besang Pass, Capas, Antipolo, Nueva Ecija, Tanay, etc. It also contains the national Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier, also buried here are: Rafael Ileto, Tomas B. Karingal, Carlos P. Romulo, Gen. Alfredo M.
Santos, Max Soliven; Jesus Villamor (WW11) and Conrado Yap (Korean War Philippine military)
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Source: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/ml.php (website has videos, also a cemetery
booklet with or without pictures & an online electronic form. w/ contact information about the cemetery)
established 1948; dedicated 12/8/1960 on 152 acres
located @ McKinley Road, Global City
Manila (within the boundaries of the former Fort William McKinley, now known as Ft. Bonifacio); largest number of graves of U.S.military dead of WWII in the Pacific, a total of 17,202, most
of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines. 36,285 names are inscribed the Tablets of the Missing.
American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) maintains the cemetery
Excerpts from info posted as of 1/2/2008
20.365 acre, w/ 8,557 burials as of 12/31/200,
located just inside the main gate of Clark Air Base; formed 1947-1950 by moving the headstones/markers and remains fr. four
U.S. military cemeteries (Fort
Stotsenburg 1 & 2, Fort McKinley, and Sangley Point Naval Cemetery). Clark
Cemetery contains the remains of U.S.
veterans from the USA, USN, USMC, USCG,
USAF, Philippine Scouts (PS) and their dependents. Some, but not all, were veterans
of the Spanish/American, Philippine Insurrection, WWI, WWII (died after the war), Korean, Vietnam,
and Iraq wars. The largest category interred are civilian, mostly U.S.
and Filipino and their dependents, all of whom worked for the U.S. Government. In
addition, nationals from France, Spain,
Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam and India are buried there.
Clark Cemetery (1900 – 2007)
Veterans ....................................2,193 *
Dependents of U.S. Veterans .................676
Civilians (mostly U.S. & RP) ................1,085
Dependents of Civilians ......................2,275
Philippine Constabulary (PC) .....................2
· Includes at least 640 Philippine Scouts (PS) from pre-WWII era.
All WWII dead were moved to the American Cemetery
** This number includes three unknown Spanish soldiers buried in a common
grave and there are at least three other group burial sites. Information and
historical records on the cemetery are extremely vague or nonexistent.
The earliest recorded burial is Santiago Belona,
Pvt, PS, DOD: Jan 13, 1900
VFW Post 2485 maintains the cemetery; receives no U.S. or Philippine government funding & can only budget cemetery
maintenance through money donations from various individuals, military organizations, veterans groups, and civic/business
organizations; support from the U.S. Congress to resolve the cemetery funding problems was led by Rep. Montgomery in the Committee
for Veteran Affairs. This action apparently died from lack of interest.
Baguio WW11 American Cemetery
Maria Elizabeth Embry posted 26 minutes ago:
All ww2 remains are re-interred @ the American Cemetry @ Ft. Bonifacio Manila. I am a researcher of Filipino U.S. military history
resident of Antioch California & do not have any direct knowledge of this situation, however I will send an e-mail to
the folks in charge of the Ft. Bonifacio cemetery if you would provide more info about this neglected Baguio cemetery. Thank
you Sincerely, Maria Elizabeth Embry Antioch California email@example.com
by Nomadicasian for Rus in Urbe October 25, 2008
Baguio City – An American cemetery that served as a resting place of WWII veterans and other unknown war
heroes had been left unattended for a long time. The cemetery with one tombstone still standing alongside untrimmed grasses
had become a graze land where animals of the locals feed.
cemetery is such in a sorry state because the authorities concerned no longer give much attention to the preservation of the
place. Every November of the year, cemeteries in the Philippines
are being cleaned of its dirty surrounding in remembrance of the dead.
Station of the Cross
by Beth Hollingshead
We weep for those we have lost,
But, hopefully, with no regard for Badge, for Religion, for Gender,
for Race, or Creed, or Country.
For, those who are lost, are lost for good and forever.
And so we weep.
Will we forget to tell ourselves that when the bomb
Drops on them, it drops on us?
We are all the same shell of God.
When one of us is cracked or broken, then so are we.
Our tears still fall in the age old pattern:
From wet eyes, to wet nose, to wet lips, to wet chin, to wet neck,
To the bloody ground, on which we travel.
Our grief crumbles even with our proud towers.
No flag, no song, no salute can bring them back.
But we remember.
And yet, when the bombs, even in revenge, drop on them
The same bombs, the same revenge, will drop on us.
|Ashes, ashes....we ALL fall down|