Calugas, Jose Cabalfin, Sr., CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1945-1957, 1193, 2nd Battalion, 38th Field Artillery
Service Years
1930 - 1957
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Field Artillery


Six Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Calugas, Jose Cabalfin, Sr. (MOH), CPT USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Barrio Tagsing, Leon, Iloilo, Philippines
Last Address
Tacoma, Washington

Date of Passing
Jan 18, 1998
Location of Interment
Mountain View Memorial Park - Lakewood, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
New Veteran's Section, Lot 206, Space 7

 Official Badges 

US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a Mess Sergeant, US Army, Battery B, 88th Field Artillery, Philippine Scouts. At Culis, Bataan, Philippine Islands on January 16, 1942, a battery gun position was bombed by the enemy until put out of commission and all killed or wounded. He a mess sergeant of another battery, voluntarily and without orders ran 1,000 yards across the shell-swept area to the gun position. He organized a volunteer squad which placed the gun back in commission and fired effectively against the enemy, although the position remained under constant and heavy Japanese artillery fire. His Medal of Honor was personally pinned by General Douglas MacArthur and he is one of two Filipinos during World War II to receive this honor.

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Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
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The Battle of Bataan represented the most intense phase of Imperial Japan's invasion of the Philippines during World War II. The capture of the Philippine Islands was crucial to Japan's effort to control the Southwest Pacific, seize the resource-rich Dutch East Indies, and protect its Southeast Asia flank. It was the largest surrender in American and Filipino military history, and was the largest United States surrender since the Civil War's Battle of Harper's Ferry. Ultimately, more than 60,000 Filipino and 15,000 American prisoners of war were forced into the infamous Bataan Death March.

After more than two years of fighting in the Pacific, General Douglas MacArthur fulfilled a promise to return to overseeing the The Campaign for the Liberation of the Philippines. As part of the campaign, the Battle for the Recapture of Bataan (31 January to 21 February 1945) by US Forces and Philippine guerillas avenged the surrender of the defunct United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) to invading Japanese forces.
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  44 Also There at This Battle:
  • Baldonado, Regalado, Sgt, (1942-1946)
  • Bollich, James, Sgt, (1941-1945)
  • Brown, Albert, 1LT, (1937-1945)
  • Haskell, Willard Lincoln, S/Sgt, (1938-1946)
  • McLin, Lannie, Sgt, (1940-1943)
  • Peterson, Robert E., S/Sgt, (1936-1945)
  • TWS, Historian, (1941-1943)
  • Urbina, Dioscoro
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