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Teofilo Yldefonso
Oct 30th, 2007, 3:57pm
 
I am also trying to get information about Teofilo Yldefonso, a philippine scout who also died in the Bataan Death March.  He won the bronze medals in swimming in 1928 and 1932 olympics. What is very interesting is the Japanese won the gold medal on that event. The Japanese swimmer was with the Imperial  forces in the philippines and tried to get his release. They refused and he was among the casualties. He hailed from Piddig, Ilocos and was known as the Ilocano Shark. I am just an amateur historian but very curious about these 2 olympians.

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Re: Teofilo Yldefonso
Reply #1 - Oct 31st, 2007, 12:21am
 
Nestor,

I couldn't find any POW records for Teofilo, but the Ollympic games of 1928 and 1932 had him a bronze medal winner in the Breaststroke.  Also in the 1928 games both Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbbe swam for the United States.  Filipinos have won 9 Olympic medals and Teofilo was the 1st and in 1932 its  2nd winner.  In the 1932 games 3 Filipinos won medals, all bronze.  Teofilo in breaststroke, Simeon Torribio a high jumper and Jose "Cely" Villanueva, a bantam-
weight boxer.

I will be looking at the Japanese gold medal winner who interceded for Teodilo, and maybe we can have a story with more information.

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Re: Teofilo Yldefonso
Reply #2 - Dec 1st, 2007, 1:43pm
 
Yldefonso might be under Ildefonso as it is pronounced the same way. Teofilo competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (last olympics before WWII) but he only placed 7th on the final event.

Yldefonso(Ildefonso) fought gallantly in Bataan. Though he survived the infamous “Death March,” he later perished at the Capas Concentration Camp. His rank was Lt.
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Re: Teofilo Yldefonso
Reply #3 - Dec 3rd, 2007, 1:40am
 
Nestor,

Had hoped to get some more information on Yoshiyuki Tsuruta, the Japanese winner of the 200 meters Breaststroke in 1928 and 1932.  All I came up with is born October 1, 1903 and died July 24, 1986.  He was from Manchuria.

I will keep looking as I want to present the story where he intercedes for Teofilo Ildefonso, the Filipino Bronze Medal winner in the same events as Yoshiyuki.  It was on the Bataan Death March but to no avail.  Teofilo made the March but died later on at Capas Concentration Camp.

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