This is my Lolo, Maximiano Saqui Janairo, in a studio photo taken in Manila around 1930, when he was about 24 or 25 years old. On his lapel, you can see the castle emblem of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Note the shoulder patch — the gold carabao on a red field — the symbol of the Philippine Scouts.
Here’s a photo of my Lolo, Maximiano Saqui Janairo.
1930 graduate of U.S. Military Academy at West Point Commission in the
Philippine Scouts Chief engineer with the Philippine Army in 1941
Captured by the Japanese in April 1942
Survived the Bataan Death March
Prisoner of War in Camp O’Donnell
Escaped while being transferred to a hospital for malaria and dysentery
Joined the guerrilla units fighting the Japanese occupation
Served in Korea during the Korean War
Served with NATO in Paris
Retired as a colonel, stationed at the engineer school at Fort Belvoir
Legion of Merit “for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from 8 December 1941 to 9 April 1942” Buried at
Arlington National Cemetery
“P.I. : Filipino girls playing basketball (early 1900’s). (Worcester); 1855; 1900/1910.” http://quod.lib.umich.edu/s/sclphilimg/x-1855/phld038. University of Michigan Library Digital Collections.
Basketball is a huge sport in the Philippines. In trying to figure out how that happened, I came across this image in the archives
University of Michigan Library Digital Collections, which includes lots of images from the early interactions of the US in the Philippines.
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