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Crafty Dog
« on: July 25, 2004, 12:45:25 PM »

Woof All:

I just got ahold of my copy of "An Untold Triumph- The story of the 1st ans 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments US Army".  Very well done, lots of amazing footage, highly recommended!

To get your copy email

Crafty Dog
Black Eyed Peas
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2004, 02:05:31 PM »

the new Black Eyed Peas video, "the Apl song"

Vote tomorrow 26 July 2004 @  Make your voice heard.  

Go there anytime during the day of July 26 before 4pm
EASTERN/1pm PACIFIC. The Black Eyed Peas' "THE APL
SONG" will NOT be listed on the website.You must
scroll below and under "OTHER", manually input "The
Black Eyed Peas" under Artist Name and "The Apl Song"
under Video Title.

Also, Fill out section 2 and hit the submit button. You just did
all of us proud. So why not go back and VOTE AGAIN? While
you're at it, vote 3 times, even 5. The more the merrier! Keep in
mind, "THE APL SONG" is not scheduled to play on MTV


After watching the video, you'll have a better
understanding of the underlying issue brought up in
"The Apl Song" video. July 26 will be the 63rd year
anniversary of the induction of the Filipino military
organizations to fight in WWII under the U.S.
flag. On July 26, 1941, President Roosevelt issued
an Executive Order calling members of the Philippine
Commonwealth Army into the service of the United
States Armed Forces of the Far East . Under this
order, Filipinos were entitled to
full veterans' benefits. More than 100,000 Filipinos
volunteered for the Philippine Commonwealth Army and
fought alongside the United States armed forces.
Today, some of these proud veterans have yet to be
acknowledged and yet to receive their
full benefits. For more information, please visit:

(don't just watch a video about the Filipino Veterans, do something about it!!!)
Power User
Posts: 42447

« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2005, 10:33:56 AM »

Hi everyone:

Sonny Izon just e mailed me to update the PBS showing of ?An Untold Triumph?.  The date is now May 30, 2005.  Please pass the word.

Tony Somera


Woof All:  

The preceding was forwarded to me by John Spezzano.  Tony Somera is the heir/GM of Leo Giron's Bahala Na Arnis/Eskrima.  GM Giron appears in "Untold Triumph"

BTW, we have finished editing the DVD conversion of "The Grandfathers Speak" and there will be nearly 30 minutes of additional footage which principally consists of an interview I did with GM Giron in his Training Hall/basement in 1991 wherein he discusses his experiences in CQC in detail.  As usual, fine work from Editor Ron "Night Owl" Gabriel.

The Adventure continues,
Crafty Dog
Power User
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2005, 08:49:20 AM »
Power User
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2005, 12:02:35 AM »
Power User
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2005, 05:51:53 AM »

Forwarded to me:

Dear ray and friends:  

It has been our goal to produce a documentary worthy of Public Television.  We had our Hawaii Premiere on Nov. 4 2002, which was wonderfully received.  It has since made the rounds of some 40 colleges around the mainland, Smithsonian, MacArthur's Museum in Virginia, etc.

And now, finally, it has been announced by NAATA that they will sponsor
the showing of "An Untold Triumph" on National PBS, on May 30th,
Memorial Day at 10:00 pm EST on the mainland and in Hawaii, it will be
at 9:00 pm on Channel 10.  (Mainlanders check with your local PBS
station for the channel and also the time of showing.)

Join us in the pride we, the production team, are experiencing with this
achievement.  We thank all of you who have encouraged us these many
years. (since '95)

Be sure to announce this significant date to "all your friends &
families". Our Director tells us that we are blessed to have our
documentary on National Public Television and on Prime time, We are told
that some 2 million viewers will see the story of the sacrifices and the
courage of the men of the Regiments in helping General MacArthur keep
his promise to the Filipino people "that he will return!"

The men of the Regiments are proud of the great giftedness & creativity
of the production team.  We owe them a debt of gratitude for keeping the
legacy of the lst and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, US Army, for

Please share our reactions to the documemntary with us.    Fond aloha,
Power User
Posts: 42447

« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2005, 06:34:02 AM »


HONOLULU/WASHINGTON D.C. - The filmmakers of the award-winning
documentary, AN UNTOLD TRIUMPH, which tells the story of the U.S.
Army's 1st and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, have just received
word that PBS has accepted the film for its national primetime

PBS has scheduled the documentary to air on Memorial Day, May 30,
2005 at 10:00 PM following a repeat broadcast of the American
Experience program "Bataan Rescue." AN UNTOLD TRIUMPH includes a
retelling of the Bataan Death March from the Filipino soldier's


and, in a somewhat related vein:

Japanese Trying to Contact WWII Soldiers
By OLIVER TEVES, Associated Press Writer 44 minutes ago

Japanese diplomats pressed ahead Saturday with efforts to contact two
World War II soldiers reportedly living in the southern Philippines
since they were separated from their division six decades ago.

The men -- who would be in their 80s -- were said to have been
separated from the 30th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army and then
stayed in the remote mountains on Mindanao island for fear of being
court-martialed in Japan.

The astonishing claim that World War II holdouts may still be alive has
attracted huge interest in Japan, where veterans are marking the 60th
anniversary of the war's end.

But the Japanese government urged caution, saying the report came from
somebody who had not seen the men himself. Efforts to contact the pair
also were complicated by the fact that the area in which they
supposedly were found is notorious for ransom kidnappings and attacks
by Muslim separatists, who have waged war for three decades. Communist
rebels also are active there.

Tokyo first learned of the former soldiers in January, from a Japanese
trader on Mindanao who has been trying since Friday to arrange a
meeting so officials could try to confirm the men's' identities,
Japanese Embassy spokesman Shuhei Ogawa said.

But Ogawa stressed that the trader had not seen the men and was relying
on a Filipino contact, who himself got word of the mystery soldiers from
yet another Filipino.

"You should know this type of information comes in all the time," he
said. "We really have no idea if these two people exist."

He said the diplomats who traveled to General Santos city, 600 miles
south of Manila, were still "trying to work out (the details of) a meeting."

On Sunday, they will be joined by an official from the Japanese Health
Ministry, which is in charge of keeping records of former soldiers who
survived as well as recovering the remains of those killed during the war.

According to Japan's Kyodo News agency, the two missing soldiers might
be Yoshio Yamakawa, 87, and Tsuzuki Nakauchi, 85.

The Philippines, then a U.S. colony, was a major battleground in the
Pacific. The Japanese occupation is remembered as brutal for its
massacres of civilians and deaths of hundreds of thousands of U.S. and
Filipino soldiers. After the United States retook the islands from the
Japanese, the country became independent in 1946.

According to Japanese government records, the men could have been part
of a unit of 16,000 soldiers on Mindanao, of which only about 3,000
were believed to have survived the war.

Japan's financial daily Nihon Keizai reported problems negotiating
their free passage through jungles controlled by armed groups. Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi's spokesman, Yu Kameoka, also said that
large crowds, including about 100 Japanese journalists, apparently gave
the men pause.

The Japanese invaded the Philippines on Dec. 20, 1941. Years after the
war ended, there were signs in the Philippines warning about Japanese
soldiers still in the hills.

A few surrendered as late as 1948. In March 1974, intelligence officer
Lt. Hiroo Onoda came out of hiding on northern Lubang island, but he
refused to give up until the Japanese government flew in his former
commander to formally inform him the war was over.

The last of the three known former Japanese soldiers to surrender, in
December 1974, was Taiwanese national Teruo Nakamura, who fought for
the Japanese army on Indonesia's Morotai island. He returned to Taiwan
at age 57.

In 1972, Shoichi Yokoi, who had hid for 27 years in the jungles of the
Pacific island of Guam without knowing the war had ended, also returned
to Japan. He died at age 82 in 1997.

Rumors of other soldiers hiding out have surfaced but were never

The Yomiuri newspaper, Japan's largest, reported Saturday that the two
missing soldiers currently sought were first seen in August by a
Japanese lumber businessman, who relayed "the near-unbelievable tale of
their survival" to a veterans' association, which then sent members to
the island to contact them.

The two former soldiers reportedly said they feared being
court-martialed and executed if they returned to Japan, Yomiuri said,
adding the association tried to allay their concerns by sending them
old magazines that reported Onoda's case.

Meanwhile, the convergence of Japanese reporters on the bustling port
city of General Santos raised security concerns in the volatile area,
and the embassy warned them not to venture out in search of the men or
follow anyone offering to guide them. Philippine police issued a
similar warning.

Associated Press reporter Kenji Hall in Tokyo contributed to this report.
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