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Soldier’s Home State/Country of (military) Record or State/Country of Residence:

California **

Hawaii *  

Oregon ***

Washington****

Philippines #

 

AUS- Army of the United States

BNR-Body Not Recovered

BR-Body Recovered

DOW- Died of Wounds

DSC-Distinguished Service Cross (54 recipients)

KIA-Killed in Action

MIA-Missing in Action

POW-Prisoner of War

PA Philippine Army, part of the United States.Armed Forces

PS-Philippine Scout, part of the United States Armed Forces

SWA-Seriously wounded in action by missile

USAFFE United States Armed Forces of the Far East; organized 12/1941 commanded by Gen Douglas MacArthur beginning 7/26/1941

WAS- Women’s Auxiliary Service

 

 

Units established in the United States -1st Filipino Inf Bn, 1st Filipino Inf Regt (“Laging Una”), 2nd Filipino Inf Bn, 2nd Filipino Inf Regt, 5217 Recon Bn, 5218th Recon Co and 978th Signal Service Co

Ist Recon Bn (“Come What May”)

 

 

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Victor Gabat Navy Casualty Radioman from 1109 Tennessee St. Malate Manila

Mateo M. Gabaton * born Philippines; died 11/16/1943 Casualty; buried Nat. Mem Cem of the Pacific; Merchant Marine

Philip Gaboya * Filipino Inf Regt

George Gabriel SSgt 1st Filipino Inf Reg

Espedito Gacer ** born 4/11/1911 Philippines; died 10/4/1996 LA Ca; buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park LA CA; Army Pfc

Nick Gadia

Melchor Baligad Gadiane * born 1/6/1929 Philippines; died 6/15/1997 SF Ca; buried Golden Gate National Cemetery; Navy Sk1; SS issued Hawaii; also Korean & Vietnam Wars veteran

August G. Gadiano ** born 3/7/1907 Philippines; died 10/10/1996 LA Ca; buried Riverside Nat. Cemetery; Army Pvt.

Eulogio Gaduang Pfc Troop C 26th Cavalry PS

Rosendo Gaduang # Pvt 26th Cavalry Troop C PS

.Celestino Gorgulis Galabasa ** born 4/16/1916 Philippines; died 5/21/2004 Vacaville Ca

Fabian Acebo Galam, Sr. Pvt later Pfc Troop C 26th Cavalry PS; born 1/20/1921; died 10/24/2008 buried @ Heritage Memorial Park Sinacad Rd Solano Nueva vizcaya Philippines

Ricardo C. Galang # born 1/22/1907 Pampanga; died 1/27/2006 Philippines; Cpt AUS; Colonel; escaped; arr. Mindoro via the 1st submarine to surface in the Philippines-the USS Narwhal on 10/23/1943 (w/ Lt. R.F. Songco; Sgts Benjamin Harder, Vicente Pinuela, Alfredo Alberto; Ramon Vitorio & Arcangel Baniares); undercover agent as a Bilibid Prison guard 3/26/1944-5/9/1944; spy & various guerrilla activities; post-war dean grad school; author: "Hammer & Anvil" "Secret Missions to the Philippines" Awards: Bronze Star Medal; also Philippine Commonwealth: Distinguished Service Star. Source: Mr. Antonio S. "Tony" Garcia of Honolulu Hawaii (e-mail address garushia32@yahoo.com) who is interested for any additional info about Col Galang’s military career for the purpose of documentation.

Escolastico G. Galarosa Pfc 14th Engrs Bn (PS) A Co

Basilio Galvan born 6/14/1904 from Ibajay, Capiz, Philippines; Steward, First Class; died 7/11/1943 submarine Casualty USS Runner (SS-275) North of Hokkaido Japan; probably sunk by mine; award: Purple Heart

Moses Galbiso * Filipino Inf Regt

Sidoro Galindo born Philippines; died 9/12/1942 Casualty; ship-Stanvac Melbourne Merchant Marine A.B.

William Galisa *Filipino Inf Regt

Leo Galiste Filipino Regt

John Gallarde

Restituto Gallarde *

Anastacio Gallardo

Jose M. Gallardo born 1918; died 1986; Hukbalahap guerilla officer; post-war: influential Kapamgpangan writer, playwright, actor, theatre director; poet

Juan B. Galo born 5/5/1925; died 8/15/2002; buried Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery; Army Sgt; post-war: retired forester Philippines Dept of Environment & Natural Resources

Alberto Galtza born 8/7/1913 Philippines; died 4/23/1994 Savannah Georgia, also a resident of Baltimore Maryland; Awards: Mariner’s Medal; Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal for heroism beyond the line of duty in saving the lives of two one-legged shipmates on two separate incidents. On 5/4/1942 Galtza was a boatswain on torpedoed SS Delisle, when he saved Robert Jones, 3rd mate a one legged shipmate, despite being injured himself. SS Delisle was repaired & on 10/19/1943 was hit & sunk again while on another rescue mission. Galtza rescued seriously injured ship’s captain William W. Clendaniel, another one-legged Mariner!

http://www.usmm.org/heroes.html

http://www.usmm.net/galza.html

photo appeared in Who’s Who in the Maritime Industry

Note by M.E. Embry. Pls. read Alberto Galtza’s incredible story of heroism! It is also about the Mariners he rescued who would not quit serving despite their disabilities and also a ship coming back to serve again & again! The loyalty & devotion of a Mariner to his mates & his ship!

Paul Galut * Filipino Inf Regt

Basilio Galvan Navy Casualty Steward 1c from Ibajay Capiz

Peniales Galvan * Filipino Inf Regt

Julio Domagin Galvez born 7/14/1908 Philippines; died 1/11/1960 Sacramento California; buried Sacramento City Cemetery; Pfc 1st Filipino Infantry; rec Bronze Medal

Glicerio P. Gamboa born Philippines; died 11/26/1944 Casualty; buried Cambridge National Cemetery, Massachusetts; Merchant Marine

Atanacio Games Cpl Troop C 26th Cavalry PS #310460 MIA 08/30/1943

Eulogio G. Gamido Pvt Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Mariano Gana Navy Casualty Seaman 2c from 1214 Carolina St Malate Manila

Patrick Ganio, Sr. born 3/17/1921 Rizal Nueva Ecija; POW Corregidor on 5/6/1942; w/ Philippine Air Force; later in guerilla group of Col. Robert B. Laphan; Award: Purple Heart; advocate for Filvets Equity

Dionicio "Denny" L. Ganioco # born 5/8/1914 Philippines; died 1/29/2007 Los Angeles Ca; Cpl POW 26th Cavalry; 12th QM Regt (PS)

Gerardo "Jerry" Gapol * Filipino Inf Regt

Maximo Alfonso "Ponso" Gapol born 3/5/1917 Hakalau; died 1/18/2003; buried Hawaiian Veterans Cemetery; Army Pfc; post-war: retired journeyman welder # Puna Sugar Co.

Eligio Garbin Cpl Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Alfredo D. Garcia 3rd Lt. Inf 41st Engr Bn 41st Div (Source: Special Order #176 dated 8/3/1941 from Commonwealth of the Philippines by command of Maj Gen Valdes calling reserve officers to active duty effective 8/28/1941, a copy given by Mariles, daughter of retired Guam SC Judge Ramon V. Diaz to M.E. Embry 3/2010)

Amadeo S. Garcia # 1st Lt Commander of Battery James 91st Coast Artillery Regt

Andres T. Garcia Pvt Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Bonifacio R. Garcia born Batangas; Lt. 45th Inf Regt L Co

Cecilio A. Garcia Army, 3rd Lt (PA) Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/6/1942)

Dominador Garcia *

Eduardo Manoy "Verchez" Garcia, movie actor: Eddie Garcia born 5/2/1921 Sorsogon; Philippine Scout

Emeterio Garcia Navy Casualty Seaman 1c from General Trias Cavite

Fernando L. Garcia born 5/30/1927; died 3/27/2007

Joseph Garcia * Filipino Inf Regt

Julian Villarba Garcia born 10/17/1896 Philippines died 2/6/1959 Los Angeles; buried Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery San Diego California; BM Navy; (also

WW1 veteran Navy Musician 1st Class @ discharge, enlisted Musician 2nd class; @ USS Navajo Honolulu 4/6/1917 Town: Ft. Shafter; service until 11/11/1918)

Napoleon Thomas Garcia # born 5/22/1927 Paranaque, Rizal Philippines; POW @ 15yrs of age; rescued by guerillas Postwar: 11/21/1945 enlisted w/ the Navy; 18 yrs of Naval service until he became a Casualty on 4/10/1963 sinking of USS Thresher SS-593 submarine caused likely by mechanical failure off New England coast, Chief Steward; Awards: Navy’s Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal, a letter of commendation from the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Diablo (SS 479), and a letter of commendation from the commanding officer of the 4 U.S. Naval Air Station at Anacostia; silver dolphins when he became qualified as a submariner; resident of Washington D.C

Nestor Garcia

Ricardo E. Garcia ** born 1923 Philippines; enlistment 12/13/1945 LA Ca; served Camp Roberts Ca.

Lorenzo Garena Navy Casualty Steward’s Mate 1c from 406 Leveriza Pasay Rizal

Juan Rojo Garfin Navy Casualty Boatswain’s Mate1c from Sibalon Antique Panay

Felipe Gargaritano Pvt Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Gaudencio M. Garife Sgt Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Vicente Cruz Garrido born 1/18/1895 Philippines; died 1/18/1942; POW, Casualty; Navy Ship’s Cook 1c; resident of 36 G. Reyes San Roque, Cavite SS# issued Hawaii

Rufino G. Gasatan

Geronimo Gascon born 9/30/1905 Philippines; died 6/1942 POW Casualty; Navy Machinist’s Mate 3c; resident of 708 Dewey St. Olongapo; SS issued Hawaii

Bienvenido Gasmin

Anselmo Gaspar Pvt Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Antero Gaspin

Alfonso Gatcho

Ruben Gatos

Pio Gaurana Merchant Marine; oiler; POW after Wm F. Humphrey ship sunk 7/16/1942-; released; from Manila

Philippines

Manuel Gavino # born 1922 Philippines; Sfc 23rd Field Artillery Regt Battery A (PS); Death March survivor

Agapito Gayanilo Sgt 45th Inf Co E (PS) Award: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal

Joe P. Gayato

Elias G. Gelacio Pvt Troop E 26th Cavalry PS

Saturnino Gelera born Philippines POW Casualty; Navy Officer’s Steward 3c; from Imus Cavite

Dalmacio Gelia * born 9/24/1897 Argao Cebu; died 1/16/1978 Bronx NY; buried Long Island (NY) National Cemetery Cst Navy ; also WW1 veteran: Cpl 6/16/1918-2/2/1919 Co E 2nd Hawaiian Inf resident of 489 Queen St. Honolulu Hawaii

Jose Gelina Navy Casualty Officer’s Steward 1c from Oras Samar

Cyrus D. Geneblazo

Constantino Calupad Gelle Army POW; born 4/22/1917; died 9/17/2006; buried Dasmarinas Cavite Public Cemetery

Rufino Vina Gelle USAFFE Inf POW; guerrilla; brother of Serafin

Serafin Gelle guerrilla; brother of Rufino

Ramon Gelvezon

Jose P. Genito # born 1922 Philippines

Simeon Gerrana

George Gersaba * Filipino Inf Regt

Bernardino Gildo Navy Casualty Steward 1c from Macrohon Leyte

Ceferino Gile

Pedro Giminez born 2/1/1896 Binalonan Pangasinan Philippines; died 2/11/1942 Casualty USS Shark SS-174 sunk East of Menado Celebes, probably sunk by depth charge attack; Navy, Ship’s Cook 1c; Award: Purple Heart; from Balongao Pangasinan Philippines

Marion Ginelza # born 7/5/1921 died 8/7/2004; buried Paradise Memorial Gardens Nevada; postwar: starred in the Apl Song video, uncle of Patricio Ginelza, a writer & director

Edward Manuel Giner Navy Casualty Officer’s Steward 3c from San Narciso Zambales

Ginobiagon Felipe # Sgt 1st Reconn BN

Leovigildo "Leo" Miguel Giron ** born 8/20/1911 Bayambang Pangasinan Phil worked for: 2nd Filipino Inf Regt, 978th Signal Group, Allied Intelligence Bureau (secret operative) Sgt. Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal; post war occupation Martial Artist founded the Bahala Na Martial Arts Association

Loreto Gironella ** born 12/10/1897 Philippines died 12/11/1975 buried Golden Gate National Cemetery Navy Cook 1c; military service 8/17/1942-12/8/1944

Norberto Fortaliza Gison Navy Casualty Officer’s Chief Steward from Arevalo Iloilo

Gl-Gz

Gregorio Glariada * Filipino Inf Regt

Polin G. Gloriane

Dominador F. Gobaleza # Subic Zambales Philippines; Sgt 1st Reconn Bn

Victorio V. Godoy

Ernesto P. Golez, Col. born 1921

Nick Golla Cpt 57th Inf (PS) E Co

Pvt Gollaba # 26th Cavalry Troop C (PS)

Eduardo Gollaba Pvt Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Isidro Gollaba Pvt Troop C 26th Cavalry PS

Herminigildo Gomes Pvt Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Richard F. Gomes Pfc Army Co K 31st Infantry Regt (PS); MIA-KIA; Award: Bronze Star; Purple Hearts (2); Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/24/1942 @ Abucay Hacienda; posthumous)

Domingo Gomez

Francisco Mata Gomez guerrilla, son-in-law of Claro M. Recto

Godofredo Gomez # born 1923 Philippines; died 10/1/2006 Kaiser Hosp SSF; USAFFE, guerrilla post war: Phil Dept of Tourism; Veterans Affairs Commission SF

Juan Gomez born Philippines; died 5/4/1945 Casualty; buried Manila Nat. Cemetery; Merchant Marine

Manuel Gomez Lt

Mauricio Gomez born Philippines; POW Navy Fireman 3c; from Dao Antique Panay

Rufino Gomez * Filipino Inf Regt

Fedencio V. Gomeyeng

Luis Gonong * born 1906 Philippines; enlistment 5/29/1944

Agustin Gonzales

Arcadio Gonzales

Estanislao E. Gonzales died 1942 POW; Casualty Navy Yeoman 2c; from Kawit, Cavite

Higino F. Gonzales

Isidro Gonzales 1st Lt. 41st Inf 41st Div (Source: Special Order #176 dated 8/3/1941 from Commonwealth of the Philippines by command of Maj Gen Valdes calling reserve officers to active duty effective 8/28/1941, a copy given by Mariles, daughter of retired Guam SC Judge Ramon V. Diaz to M.E. Embry 3/2010)

Jesus P. Gonzales

Jesus Gonzales Pfc Troop E 26th Cavalry PS

Jose P. Gonzales

Joe Gonzales * born 1924; post-war: WW11 Filipino- American Veterans Hawaii Chapter

Julian Gonzales

Pacifico A. Gonzales

Jesus Gonzales Pfc Troop E 26th Cavalry PS

Joe Gonzalez born 1925 Philippines

Luis De Leon Gonzalez # born 6/21/1911 Lingayen, Pangasinan; died 12/9/2004 Pittsburg California joined Troop F 26th Cavalry PS 1933-1963 Death March Award: Purple Heart, also in Korean War

Vireil Gonzalez

Segundo Gonzalez a lawyer, commissioned Lt Col by Lt. Col Moises P. Montalvo 1st Inf Regt 10/1942, but placed in 2nd Inf Regt as Captain to conform w/ Table of the Organization (source: affidavit dated 4/22/1946 by Lt Charles W. Folsom of Folsom's Fil-American Guerillas

Modesto Gorgonio * Filipino Inf Regt

Guillermo Gorospe * Filipino Inf Regt

Pastor Gorospe Navy Casualty Steward 3c from San Fernando La Union

Vicente Gorospe

Mariano Cuizon Gotong born 7/28/1908; died 3/22/1964 Riverside California; buried Golden Gate National Cemetery California; Pfc Army; resident of Indio California

Jose P. "Pepe" Gozar pilot Lt PAAC 6th Pursuit Squadron U.S. Army Air Forces; lost while caught in storm while leaving Bacolod Negros Occidental; Award: Distinguished Service Cross for shooting down two Japanese bombers’; was in Corregidor & Bataan escaped Death March

Santiago Gragasin Pvt Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Andres Gallenero Grandea, Sr # born 2/4/1905 Bacolod, Philippines; died 12/1972 Baltimore Maryland; buried Arlington

Cpt POW served Army 30 yrs

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/asgrandea.htm

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com

Jerry Grant # recruited for the Navy in 1944 w/ 4 other guerrillas

Federico C. Gregorio

Marcelo C. Gregorio

Mamerto B. Guadio

Ngo Guan # Sgt. "Ampaw" Unit Col. Chua Sy Tiao guerrilla group

Gregorio Guanga born 6/4/1902 Philippines; died 6/8/1962 San Francisco; buried Golden Gate National Cemetery California; Navy SD1, also Korean War veteran

Lodovico Guanzon

Sixto M. Guerra Cpt

Jose C. Guevarra 41st Inf 41st Div (Source: Special Order #176 dated 8/3/1941 from Commonwealth of the Philippines by command of Maj Gen Valdes calling reserve officers to active duty effective 8/28/1941, a copy given by Mariles, daughter of retired Guam SC Judge Ramon V. Diaz to M.E. Embry 3/2010)

Juan B. Guiab Pfc; born 4/4/1910; died 12/19/1999; buried Calvary Cemetery Evanston Illinois

Tranquilino Guianan Pfc Troop E 26th Cavalry PS

Zosimo V. Guiang 86th Field Artillery (PS); Death March survivor; POW

Justiniano G. Guico POW submarine USS Grenadier (SS-210) STM1

Clemente A. Guillermo

Dominador R. Guillermo

Mariano M. Guillermo

Nemy P. Guillermo

Felix Guerpo * Filipino Inf Regt

Jesus Guerra born Philippines; died 8/3/1943 Casualty ship- Yankee Arrow; buried Manila National Cemetery Merchant Marine O.S; resident of Brooklyn N.Y. Award: MM

Ramon Guerra Merchant Marine Casualty 8/22/1945; resident of NY

Sixto M. Guerra Cpt 1st Casual Off. Det. 4th Repl Bn Demobilization Team #11 (Source: SO, 323, dtd 12/12 1943 Par. 5 Hdqtrs Guerrilla Demobilization Center attached to 342d Inf, 86th Div APO 450 copied by M.E. Embry from papers of Dr. Florentino Techico courtesy of Mary Ann T. Liebensberger of Norwalk California)

 

Honorio K. Guerrero Col

L.M. Guerrero Lt

Jerry Guerzon * Filipino Inf Regt

Dominador A. Guevara born 10/3/1919 Capas Tarlac; died 3/6/2007 Morton Grove Illinois; 57th Inf (PS) Anti-Tank Co; enlisted 2/1941; Death March POW

Santiago Guevarra Lt. Col

Rufino Guiang born 2/13/1901; died 11/24/2000; buried Greenwood Cemetery San Diego California; Navy CPO

Justiniano Garcia Guico born 9/5/1906 Pangasinan, Phil; died 2/2/1945 of acute pneumonia in the POW camp, captured after USS Grenadier SS 210 submarine sunk near Penang on 4/22/1943; Navy Steward’s Mate 1c; Award: POW Medal from 20 Sol St. Manaoag Pangasinan Philippines

Pedro T. Guico # born 1919 Philippines; died 8/27/1942 Casualty Ft. McKinley, Manila

Felix F. Guida Casualty 10/12/1943; EM2 ship- Dorado (SS-248) sunk in Western Atlantic, possibly near Cuba

Leonard Abella Guieb born 11/14/1910 Philippines; died 1/3/1990 Santa Clara California; buried Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery; Sgt Army

Saturnino Ortiz Guieb born 12/3/1906 Philippines; died 9/5/1992 Los Angeles California; buried Los Angeles National Cemetery; Cook 1/c Navy

Melecio Antonio Guillermo ** 2nd Regt; wounded Leyte Landing; SF Ca .resident since 1931

Vibencio Guivarra Navy Casualty Electrician’s Mate from San Antonio Cavite

Manuel Gunsalvez * Filipino Inf Regt

Gil Gutierrez 2nd Bn 45th Inf (PS)

Sixto P. Gutierrez Pvt Troop C 26th Cavalry PS

Diosdado "Dading" de la Fuente Guytingco

Apolinario Guzman Pfc Troop F 26th Cavalry PS

Larry O. Guzman ** MSgt 1st Reconn Bn

               On the Pulse of Morning 
 
                        Recited by Maya Angelou at the 1993 Inaugural
                        of  Pres. Bill Clinton
 
A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Marked the mastodon.

The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.

But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow.

I will give you no more hiding place down here.

You, created only a little lower than
The angels, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness,
Have lain too long
Face down in ignorance.

Your mouths spilling words
Armed for slaughter.

The Rock cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide your face.

Across the wall of the world,
A River sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.

Each of you a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.

Your armed struggles for profit
Have left collars of waste upon
My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.

Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
If you will study war no more. Come,

Clad in peace and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I and the
Tree and the stone were one.

Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your
Brow and when you yet knew you still
Knew nothing.

The River sings and sings on.

There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing River and the wise Rock.

So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew
The African and Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek
The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,
The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher.
They hear. They all hear
The speaking of the Tree.

Today, the first and last of every Tree
Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River.

Plant yourself beside me, here beside the River.

Each of you, descendant of some passed
On traveller, has been paid for.

You, who gave me my first name, you
Pawnee, Apache and Seneca, you
Cherokee Nation, who rested with me, then
Forced on bloody feet, left me to the employment of
Other seekers--desperate for gain,
Starving for gold.

You, the Turk, the Swede, the German, the Scot ...
You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru, bought
Sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmare
Praying for a dream.

Here, root yourselves beside me.

I am the Tree planted by the River,
Which will not be moved.

I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree
I am yours--your Passages have been paid.

Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.

History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.

Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.

Give birth again
To the dream.

Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands.

Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Lift up your hearts
Each new hour holds new chances
For new beginnings.

Do not be wedded forever
To fear, yoked eternally
To brutishness.

The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out upon me, the
Rock, the River, the Tree, your country.

No less to Midas than the mendicant.

No less to you now than the mastodon then.

Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes, into
Your brother's face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope
Good morning.

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