Captain Eulalio Arzaga
January 10, 1917 - December 12, 2012
Eulalio "Ely" Arzaga, Sr. passed away on
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Eulalio
was born on January 10, 1917 in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
Eulalio was raised in Ilocos Norte and educated at the Ilocos Norte
Trade School. While living in Manila, he attended the Philippine School
of Arts and Trade, earning an Associate Degree in Mechanical
After graduating College, Eulalio joined the Philippine Scouts of
US Army and was assigned to HQ and Service Troop, 26 CAV Regiment, Ft.
Stotsenburg, Pampanga, PI. During his Military career, Arzaga served in
both WW II – surviving the Bataan Death March - and the Korean War.
After WW II, he was assigned to the 1st AD, the 4th AD, the 2nd AD and
ASCOM Depot, Supply HQs in Taegu, Korea.
CPT (Ret.) Eulalio Arzaga's Military awards and decorations include
Bronze Star, the Meritorious Services Medal, the Army Commendation
Medal (3rd Award), the Good Conduct Medal w/5 Silver Clasps, the
President Unit Emblem, the American Defense Service Medal , the
American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the
National Defense Medal, the WW II Medal, the WW II Occupation Medal,
the Korean Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Prisoner
of War Medal, the Philippines Defense Medal, the Philippines Liberation
Medal, the Philippine Independence Medal, the Presidential Unit
Citation, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, and the United
Nations Service Medal.
He was a founding member of the EX-POW Centex Chapter #1 and of the
Fil-American Association of Central Texas. He was a member of the
Knights of Columbus #1532 and #4724, DAV #147, VFW #3892, American
Legion Post #223, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor,
Philippine Heritage Society, The Bob Gilmore Center, American Red
Cross, Assn. of United States Army, EX-POW National HQ-Arlington and
EX-POW State of Texas.
He was a faithful, life-time member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years.
He is preceded in death by his parents Lorenzo Arzaga and Severa
Arzaga, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, his son USAF Cpt. Eulalio Arzaga Jr.,
his daughter Evelyn Sergent and his first wife of 58 years, Constancia
Eulalio is survived by his wife of 12 years, Anna Valdez Arzaga of Killeen TX, six daughters ; Tessie Crosby of Corpus Christi TX, Victoria Chapman of Rancho Cucamonga CA, Dorothy Saccullo of Port Charlotte FL, Constance Lilly Kittredge of Killeen TX, Shirley Riddle of Killeen TX and Carol Milloy of Sierra Vista AZ, and by 20 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. He will also be missed by 5 Step-children, 8 Step-grandchildren and 1 Step-great-grandson.
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