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57th Infantry Regiment (PS) Militaria

SFC Narciso Ortilano's Distinguished Service Cross Ephermera

SFC (then PFC) Ortilano's Distinguished Service Cross citation as written by Maj. Gen. Richard Sutherland, General MacArthur's Chief of Staff. (Courtesy of Mr. Ortilano's great granddaughter, Angela.)

A letter by Brig. Gen. Carl H. Seals stating that PFC Ortilano was decorated by the commanding general of the Hospital that he was staying in. Dated August 16, 1946. (Courtesy of Mr. Ortilano's great granddaughter, Angela.)

A letter from Headquarters, 100th Station Hospital highlighting the fact that they had a heroic patient in their midst. (Courtesy of Mr. Ortilano's great granddaughter, Angela.)

Grouping of a 57th Infantry Master Sergeant (1940s-1950s)

This group is from a career Army NCO who was born in the Philippines, became a Philippine Scout before WWII, and was captured and wounded on Bataan. He became a POW and was paroled by the Japanese and allowed to go back home. He stayed in the Army after the war and later served in Korea and was wounded at the Chosin Reservoir with the 31st Infantry. He later retired from the Army in the 1960's.

For a period of time in the 1940's he was an officer, but reverted back to his permanent enlisted rank in time for Korea.

His Bronze Star was issued engraved in 1950. Notice it is hand engraved at a slant.

The Philippine Scouts during WWII were a very professional and proud military force. It was very difficult to join the Scouts prior to WWII as positions were highly coveted, Many Filipinos served in the Philippine Army during WWII, but being a Scout was special. (Courtesy of the KAS Collection)

(Below) This is a gut wrenching statement he gave in the late 40's about his time as a POW in Camp O'Donnell in 1942. This was the first camp the POWs who were on the Bataan Death March ended up. It was a hell hole and thousands of men died. The death rate of the Filipinos was higher than for the Americans.

(Below) His WWII discharge from the 57th Infantry PS. I have a box the size of an orange box full of his paperwork, but am only showing the most important documents here.

(Above) In 1946, he applied for and became a US citizen.


Last modified: 25-Oct-2017