Philippine veterans honored 65 years later
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Bert Black Post 7400 held a public ceremony Monday to recognize and honor U.S. military veterans engaged in the battle for Manila and the Philippine Liberation in 1945.
Post 7400 Commander Ron Luce, in opening remarks, warned the ranks of the World War II veterans are "growing thinner" and our children "should not be allowed to forget them." A handful of area veterans of WWII were in the audience for the ceremony. Those honored included Robert Salkind, who escorted Mrs. Douglas MacArthur to Manila to join her husband and fought alongside Filipinos in the battle for Manila, earned the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and the Philippine Liberation Medal; Joseph Beatty, U.S. Navy, the Philippine Liberation Medal and a two bronze stars; William S. Farver, U.S. Army, Philippine Liberation Medal and one bronze star; Nova C. Frasher, U.S Air Force, Philippine Liberation Medal; Frederick Max Klootwyk, U.S. Navy, Philippine Liberation Medal; Frank M Contreras, U.S. Navy, Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star; and Thomas L. Lester U.S. Army, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze stars.