FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Philippine Army as well as the people of the Republic of Korea remembers the heroism and gallantry in action shown by Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) soldiers as it joins the 64th Anniversary of the Battle of Yuldong, North Korea on April 23, held at the Korean War Memorial Pylon, Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
This year’s theme, “Sandaang Taong Kalayaan: Inspirasyon Natin sa Tuloy-tuloy na Kaunlaran” was highlighted with a wreath laying ceremony and floral offering and a commemorative program with Marine Brigadier General Martin N Pinto, the Assistant Chief of the AFP Intelligence Staff, as the guest of honor and speaker.
Honorable Um Ick-Ho, President of the Philippine Department of the Korean Veterans Association, His Excellency Kim Jae Shin, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Mr Afredo S Cayton, Director of the PEFTOK Veterans Association, Inc., Dr Paterno V Viloria, President, PEFTOK Veterans Association, Inc., and Maximo P Young, President of the 10th Battalion Combat Team Chapter, PEFTOK also graced the occasion.
Senior military officers and personnel led by BGen Job S Yucoco, Deputy Commander of the Army Support Command, PEFTOK Veterans and their dependents, members of the sons and daughters of the VFP, Defense Attaché from US and Korea to the Philippines, and other government officials were also present during the said celebration.
In his message, BGen Pinto stressed the acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry in action shown by then Captain Conrado Yap, a medal of valor awardee and the 900 Filipino soldiers led by Lt Col Artiaga who engaged the more or less 40, 000 Chinese People’s Volunteers Army (CPVA) and North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) in a bitter close quarter fighting.
“We should always remember the PEFTOK soldiers for their heroism, sacrifices and invaluable service not just to the country but to the attainment of world peace as well”, said BGen Pinto.
Meanwhile, the commemoration of 64th Anniversary of the Battle of Yuldong was spearheaded by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) and the PEFTOK Veterans Association, Inc.