A Filipina Heroine
This is a great post by GP Cox on his blog Pacific Paratrooper. It tells a true tale of a real American hero … a young woman. A true Filipina Heroine. It always amazes me how many unsung heroes America has. There are so many courageous men and women who fought for freedom and the unique ideals that made this country great. They include many origins, races, colors, religions, and creeds.
This post by GP Cox tells the story of Magdalena Leones, a young Filipina woman who served as a guerrilla soldier under U.S. command during World War II. Magdalena was only in her twenties when she joined the Philippine-American war effort. She did on June 16th at the age of 96-years old in Richmond, California.
Awarded the Silver Star
The Silver Star is the third-highest honor for gallantry in the U.S. Armed FoGPrces. Previous recipients include Audie Murphy, Chuck Yeager, and Norman Schwartzkopf. Magdalene Leones is a member of a small group of women to receive this award. Furthermore, she is the only Filipino woman to receive this award for heroism.
Read the entire story on Pacific Paratrooper. It is a great post and should be an inspiration to us all. In addition, it is a story of the proud Filipinos, staunch allies to the U.S. during the war in the Pacific.
Know your history
I come from a family with a long military tradition of fighting for this country. That history goes all the way back to the American Revolution. Therefore, it is so sad to me that young people today do not understand the sacrifices so many made to guarantee them freedom. Especially since these are the same freedoms and liberties they see so determined to fritter away! I guess this is what happens when schools stop teaching history and instead teach left-wing propaganda.
The Silver Star is the third-highest honor for gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces. Previous recipients include Audie Murphy, Chuck Yeager, and Norman Schwartzkopf. But few people have heard of Magdalena Leones – she was a Filipino woman that served as a guerrilla soldier under U.S. command in World War II.
Leones was in her 20s when she joined the Philippine-American military effort. She is part of a small group of women – and is the only Filipino woman – to receive the award for her heroism. She died on June 16th in Richmond, California at 96-years old.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recognized her on June 28. “We are diminished by the passing of Corporal Magdalena Leones, Silver Star Filipina World War II veteran — the only Asian to receive this honor,” Supervisor Jane Kim said. “Corporal Leones has paved the way for many women that…
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