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[The Distinguished Service Cross Medal]

 Distinguished Service Cross

The Distinguished Service Cross, section 3742, title 10, United States Code (10 USC 3742), was established by Act of Congress 9 July 1918 (amended by act of 25 July 1963).

The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguished himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.

Source: http://www.americal.org/awards/achv-svc.htm

Salvador Abcede # Lt Col PA (PS) assigned to Negros resistance efforts; Award: Distinguished Medal Cross (for 7/8/1943 to 3/23/1945)

 

Baltazar Adona 3rd Lt Army (PS); KIA Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 12/10/1941-12/16/1941; posthumous)

 

Alfredo Agra Pfc Co H 45th Inf Regt (PS) Army KIA Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 2/12/1942)

 

Andres Baldimas Cpl Army 42d Field Artillery (PS); KIA Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/9/1942)

 

Valentin Baldonado Army Pvt Co K 57th Inf Regt (PS) Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/11/1942-1/12/1942)

 

Lino Banares Sgt. Co D 57th Inf Regt (PS) Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/14/1942-1/18/1942) arr. Mindoro, Philippines via submarine USS Narwhal on 10/23/1943

 

Amado Bautista Col Corps of Engr. Commanding Officer 11th Eng Bn. (PS); Award: Distinguished Services Cross (for 12/21/1941 @ San Juan La Union; 12/23/1941 @ Klondykes & Camp One Pangasinan; 12/28/1941 @ Concepcion Tarlac; 1/3/1942-1/4/1942 @ Guagua & Lubao Pampanga & @ other times & places, then Cpt)

 

Pablo Bayangos born Philippines; KIA 1942; Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (posthumous), Purple Heart (2) Army Cpl Co L, 57th Inf Regt PS

 

Auero Capili Army (PS) 3rd Lt Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 2/7/1942-2/17/1942)

 

Mateo Capinpin # Brig General born 4/22/1887 Morong Rizal Philippines; died 12/28/1958 Binan Laguna Philippines; Death March POW survivor; prewar: Phil Scouts1906-1918, returned 1919; 1st Lt. Phil National Guard 1918-1919; commander of Phil Army 21st Div1934; postwar: retired Adj Gen AFP Awards: Distinguished Service Cross

 

Felipe Casuga KIA Distinguished Service Cross (posthumous for 1943-1944) Cpt Co A 121st Inf Regt

 

Julian Q. Chua # Army (PS) 3rd Lt. (for 1/6/1942) Award: Distinguished Service Cross

 

Escolastico Collado Sgt Army Co K 57th Inf Regt (PS) Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/1/1942)

 

Emigdio C. Cruz # born Arayat Pampanga; Major, PA later guerrilla; aboard submarine Thresher that secretly landed in 7/9//1943 Negros Phil; awards: Distinguished Service Cross (for 6/18/1943-2/18/1944); Congressional Medal of Valor (Philippines); physician of Pres. Manuel Quezon

 

Bibiano Dapulang born 1901 Philippines; died 4/7/1942; MIA KIA; Distinguished Service Cross (for 10/10/1942); Army Pfc Co E 57th Inf Regt (PS); SS# issued Hawaii

 

Rudolph B. Davila born 4/27/1916 El Paso, Texas; died 1/26/2002 Vista California; buried Arlington Cemetery; Military Service: 5/20/1944-5/17/1950 Army 1st Lt. Military Awards: Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WW11 Victory Medal, Combat Infanryman Badge, Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for extraordinary heroism in action by saving 130 U.S. soldiers on 5/28/1944 near Artena, Italy when he was a SSgt 7th Infantry Division Co H; also received a chest wound & right arm was paralyzed in another incident in Vosges Mountains, France while storming a German tank; Medal of Honor (6/2000) after Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka secured a Congressional mandated review of records for Asian- Americans who had earned DSC Civilian career: Master’s Degree USC, LA; retired teacher Parents: Pilipina mother; Spanish father Source of some of the info:  http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rbdavila.htm

 

Gregorio De Gracia KIA USAFFE 3rd Lt. Distinguished Service Cross (posthumous)

 

Candido Edrozo born Philippines; Army Sgt. Co H 45th Inf Regt; KIA; Distinguished Service Cross ( for 2/12/1942; posthumous)

 

Pedro Euperio Army Pfc Co E. 26th Cavalry Regt (PS); Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for1/16/1942

 

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

 

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)

 

Dulcesimo Habal Sgt Army; Hdqtrs Co 57th Inf Regt (PS); Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/9/1942)

 

Dalmacio Infiel Sgt Army Co I 57th Inf Regt (PS) KIA Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/14/1942; posthumous

Ruperto Kadava Kangleon AKA Tigulang born 3/27/1890 San Roque, Macrohon, Southern Leyte; died: 2/27/1958 of heart failure buried: Manila South Cemetery (reinterred @ Macrohon later) Colonel; Commanding Officer 81st Inf Div; POW Butuan; assigned to Leyte guerrilla group that facilitated the 10/20/1944 Leyte landing of Gen McArthur; appointed military governor of Leyte 10/23/1944.; prewar: Olympics player (1912-1913) PC Academy (now PMA) 1916 grad; PC 1936, later Phil Army; USAFEE 9/1941; postwar: awarded 17 medals & campaign ribbons including the Distinguished Service Cross (for 10/1/1943 to 10/20/1944) pinned personally by Gen McArthur; civil governor of Leyte; Philippine 6th Secretary of National Defense (5/28/1946-8/31/1950); posthumous promotion Brig Gen; elected Senator (served 1953 until his death); a military camp in Barangay Campetic Palo Leyte was named in his honor

Ambrocio Lappay Army Sgt Co H 2nd Inf Regt; Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 2/17/1942

 

Gaudencio Licerio Staff Sgt Co A 57th Inf Regt (PS); Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 3/28/1942 Bataan Anyasen Point, then Sgt)

 

Jesus Maglaya 1st Lt. Army 21st Inf Regt; Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 3/13/1942)

 

Joaquin Magpantay # born Philippines Army Sgt Co D, 41st Inf Regt PS; Distinguished Service Cross

 

Napoleon Mangonan 1st Lt Infantry; Distinguished Service Cross (for 2/31942-2/10/1942)

 

Severo Medina born Philippines; Army 1stSgt 3rd MP Bn; POW; Award: Distinguished Service Cross

 

Henry H. Mendoza Army Pfc; 7th Inf Div; Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 10/24/1944)

 

Samuel S. Mendoza Army Pfc Co K 383d Inf Regt 96th Inf Div; Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 10/25/1944 @ Leyte)

 

Arturo Mollasgo Army Pvt Co H 45th Inf Regt PS; KIA Award: Distinguished Service Cross (posthumous; for 2/12/1942)

 

Alberto Navarrete Army Cpt; Commander 1st Q-boat Squadron; from Pangasinan Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for defense of Bataan & air-sea battle of 1/17/1942)

 

Narciso Ortilano Army PfcCo M 57th Inf PS; Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/11/1942)

 

Pedro Oxonian Cpl Army Co H 45th Inf Regt PS; KIA Distinguished Service Cross (posthumous)

 

Macario Peralta, Jr # Major (PA); then Philippine Guerrilla Forces Col.6th Military District Panay Philippines Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 5/8/1943-8/6/1943 Panay)

 

Benjamin Perdido 2nd Lt. (PS) Award: Distinguished Service Cross (12/14/1941-5/13/1942)

 

Apolonio Rinen Army Pfc Hdqtrs Co 57th Inf Regt; Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 1/ 9 /1942 Samal Bataan)

 

 Aldegundo Robles Sgt Army Co L 43d Inf Regt (PS); Award: Distinguished Service Cross (for 2/1/1942)

 

Max Romero Pfc USAFFE; Distinguished Service Cross

 

Alfredo Manapat Santos # born 7/13/1905 Santa Cruz Manila; buried Libingan ng mga Bayani Taguig, MM Philippines; Bataan; Death March, POW; post war: Gen Chief of Staff AFP 1962-1965; 1st 4-Star General; Awards: (U.S.) Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Honor (Degree of Officer); (Philippine Government) Distinguished Conduct Star, Gold Cross, Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Commander)

 

Fernando Tan # died 1942; KIA Casualty Distinguished Service Cross

 

 

Prescillano Velasco # died 1942 KIA Casualty Distinguished Service Cross

 

Jesus Antonio Villamor # born Philippines; buried Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, Taguig MM Philippines; Maj. Philippine Army Air Corps, 6th Pursuit Squadron 1st Filipino Ace in U.S. Air Force; Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (twice) Oak Leaf Cluster; Silver Star; Philippines Medal of Valor (highest Phil military award) Manila’s Villamor Air Base was named in his honor.

The Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass,
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and
said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,


And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod,
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

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