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45th Infantry Regiment (PS)

Sgt. Agapito Gayanilo and Company E, 45th Infantry (PS)

This photo of Sgt. Agapito Gayanilo and the other bachelors of Company E, 45th Infantry (PS) was taken sometime prior to the outbreak of WWII. (The Sgt. is marked with an X.) Also included are excerpts from his posthumous citation. (Provided by his grandson, Rey Archide, who would welcome further information on his grandfather and Company E.)

Records Administration Center
St. Louis 20, Missouri

By direction of the President, under the provisions of Act of Congress, 9 July 1918 and Executive Order 9419, 4 February 1944, the Silver Star and the posthumous award of the Bronze Star Medal are awarded to Agapito Gayanilo, service number 6 865 825. The Citations are as follows:

"For gallantry in action in Bataan, P.I, on February 2, 1942, lead a machine gun squad in displacing to a position where it could deliver effective fire for the friendly attack. Before reaching its new position the squad was subjected to heavy enemy machine gun fire at close range from a gun to the front, and another to the left. This intrepid Sergeant placed the squad under cover, crept forward and destroyed the gun to the front with hand grenades, returned and emplaced his gun, crawled to the left and accurately designated the enemy machine gun nest by throwing a hand grenade in it to draw fire, thereby causing its immediate destruction by the fire from its machine gun." (Auth: GO 20, Hq I Phil Corps, dtd 20 Mar 42)

"For exemplary conduct in ground combat against the armed enemy during the Philippine Islands Campaign, in the Pacific Theater of Operations."
(Auth: DA LO, dtd 7 Nov 52)

In addition to the foregoing decorations, your husband was authorized the following awards:
American Defense Service Medal with Foreign Service Clasp
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star for the Philippine Islands Campaign
World War II Victory Medal
Distinguished Unit Emblem with two Oak-Leaf Clusters
Combat Infantry Badge
Expert Badge with Rifle Bar
Philippine Defense Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Badge

H.H. Newman Colonel, AGC
Chief, Demobilized Personnel Records Branch
7 Nov 1952


River Crossing By An Infantry Battalion, Cavalry, Near Manila (1933)

National Archives description: "TRAINING FILM: 45th Philippine Infantry Battalion demonstrates use of organic equipment for preparing floats for a river crossing. Troops load gear. Pairs of individuals cross, floating their weapons and gear with them. Demonstrates method to float wagons and bring animals across."

Source: The WWII Archive


Last modified: 09-Oct-2016