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Tito P Amasol, ASN# 6738486, PFC,INF, PI
Sep 23rd, 2006, 2:34am
 
Respectfully request assistance for information regarding my grandfather, the late Tito P. Amasol.  He past away when I was only 10-years young, and he never talked about his military service during WWII; however, my mom told me that he marched in the Death March of Bataan and he later serve in the Korean Conflict.  He then retired as TSgt with the U.S. Air Force.   I would like to put together a piece of work in honor of my late grandfather.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Clifford Amasol Lopez
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Grandson of Tito Perocho Amasol, Sr.
TSgt, Ret, U.S. Army Air Corps
Scout, Death March Survivor, WWII, Korean War
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Reply #1 - Sep 23rd, 2006, 8:39pm
 
Cliff,  RE:  Tito P Amasol

All I could get from Ancestry,com, was your grandfather's US Veterans Cemeteries, ca 1800-2004 Record.

It list items you probably already know.  Nothing of the Death March, or his awards.  This is what I think you were interested in.  Maybe some of the others on this site can help you in that respect.

The Record I found shows his last known address, rank, branch of service, birth date, death date, Veteran Service start date, Verteran Service end date, Internment date, Cemetery, and where buried.  As I said you probably already know these dates.

Wish you luck in your search.

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Tom McGeeney   ord510@cox.net
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Reply #2 - Nov 2nd, 2006, 4:15pm
 
Clifford:  Hello and aloha.  The SN you furnished, 6738486, is a good PS number.  Tito Amasol must have joined the PS a few years ahead of me.  When I joined the 45th Inf Regt PS on July 14, 1939 in Fort Wm McKinley, Rizal, I was assigned SN 6866740.  It is unfortunate that records of the 45th Inf. PS were not evacuated to D.C. via Australia when we were captured in Bataan.  Good luck.  And have a nice day.   Fred Foz.
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Reply #3 - Jun 18th, 2007, 8:57am
 
Does anyone know how/where to find out and verify if the former Philippines scouts are getting ALL the awards, dedication, monument wall, etc. that they deserved.  My grandfather was a "Death March" survivor.  Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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Reply #4 - Jun 18th, 2007, 10:51am
 
Former POWs May Qualify for Purple Heart

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2000 -- Former American prisoners of war may be  eligible to receive the Purple Heart medal due to a little-publicized four-year-old change in the award rules.

President John F. Kennedy started the change by signing Executive Order 11-1016 on April 25, 1962. Until that time, service members could receive the Purple Heart only during a formally declared state of war.  Kennedy's order made it possible to award the medal even without a formal declaration of war.

The 1962 order didn't specifically mention POWs or their eligibility because of wounds and injuries suffered in captivity. An Army policy change dated Sept. 27, 1962, allowed Purple Heart awards henceforth to members who
might become prisoners of war and be wounded or injured by their captors.

Neither Kennedy's executive order nor the Army change was retroactive.  No former prisoners of war of any service, living and dead, who were wounded or
injured during captivity before April 25, 1962, were eligible until Congress passed legislation as part of the 1996 National Defense Authorization Act.

Prior to the 1996 legislation, for instance, none of the 140,000 U.S. service members who surrendered to the Japanese in the Philippines in May 1942 could qualify for a Purple Heart. Also ineligible were the thousands of former POWs who came later in World War II and in the Korean War.

Since 1996, a number of World War II and Korean War vets have applied for Purple Hearts on the basis of wounds and injuries received while  they were POWs, officials of the Army's Military Awards Branch said.
Supporting documentation is required and may include copies of repatriation medical exams, or a witness statement from a cellmate, for example, stating their buddy was abused at hands of captors.

The injuries or wounds must be deliberately inflicted by captors, they said.  Injuries received while on work detail, for example, probably would not qualify -- but if in doubt, apply.

A recent example of troops earning the Purple Heart while held captive occurred more than a year ago in the Balkans. Serb forces captured three U.S. soldiers on March 31, 1999. The Americans endured frequent beatings until their May 2 release. All three received Purple Heart medals.

Assistants at the Military Order of the Purple Heart headquarters in Springfield, Va., said veterans applying for the medal should use Standard Form 180, "Request Pertaining to Military Records," readily available at Department of Veterans Affairs service and medical centers; online <http://web1.whs.osd.mil/forms/SF0180.PDF>;  at
http://web1.whs.osd.mil/forms/SF0180.PDF.

The back of the form includes instructions and mailing addresses, which differ by the applicant's service and rank.

For more on the Purple Heart's history, eligibility and information on the Military Order of the Purple Heart
<http://www.dtic.mil/purpleheart.org/>, visit the organization's Web site at http://purpleheart.org/.

Related Site of Interest:  AFPS News Article: VA
<http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Aug2000/n08292000_20008291.html>;  
> Boosts Healthcare Priority for Purple Heart Vets
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Reply #5 - Jun 18th, 2007, 7:03pm
 
I think every returning veteran who was a Prisoner of the Japanese should be given the Purple Heart for just being able to return.  Historically, everyone knows how they sadiscally treated their POWs. (Everyone but the Japanese).  Automatic awarding of the Purple Heart to returing POWs who were Prisoners of the Japanese should have been SOP for all the  "stomps", "kidney",and "spinal", injuries that were meted out each day on the POWs.

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