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US soldier who served in PH in WWII honored in Texas

Eddie Pilon

Eddie Pilon is 93 years old. He is still relatively healthy and engaging. He goes to church every Sunday morning and evening, and most Wednesdays. He even drives himself to church.

Eddie served in Philippines during World War ll. The Canton Church of Christ bulletin posted: ” Eddie was MIA/POW at Corregidor in 1942. His family was notified that he was missing in action at that time, but he later showed up unharmed.”

Congressman Jeb Hensarling spoke at the ceremony November 5, honoring this war veteran. He said “Sgt. Pilon received the World War II Victory Medal which represents service during December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946. And the Honorable Service Lapel Button for World War II represents discharge under honorable conditions during World War II.” The congressman gave Sgt. Pilon a US flag that flew over Washington.

I met Eddie last month when I worshiped at Canton Church of Christ. I wanted to do interviews about his experience in the Philippines after I heard that he was there during the war. He is hard of hearing and could not remember much. I asked his son if he could fill me in, but he said that his dad never talked about his war experiences. He said he learned more about it in the last two days than he did his entire life. Katherine Irwin, a school teacher in Canton who grew up in the same church with Eddie said, “Eddie’s generation were doers. They did not say much, but they get the job done.”

It was an honor for me to be there. Because of veterans like Eddie who got the job done, the Philippines is free. I am free. As a token of my appreciation, I gave him a pin shaped like a Philippine flag, which he proudly wore during the ceremony along with his war medals. There is not many Philippine WWll veterans left. Every chance I get in my travels around the US, I seek them and listen to their stories because I am part of their stories and they are part of mine.


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  • ThudOthwacker

    GOD bless you Eddie and thank you!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tronco Cyrus Vincent Lopez Tronco

    Thank you for fighting and defending the Philippines.

  • tumbokin

    I especially like the part that thier generations were not much of a talker but doers.  I just so hope that we could adopt that and learn from those who has been there and done that.  Talk has been our all time fave past time in our offices and in congress.  Much has been said but not much has been done.  If only we could adopt Sir Pilon attitude to be output oriented and not argue oriented, for certain progress of all sorts will follow.

  • joboni96

    ‘Eddie who got the job done, the Philippines is free’

    another u.s. imperialist propaganda
    perpetrated by inquirer

    bumalik nga ang
    imperyalistang u.s.

    after most pilipino guerillas
    already controlled most of the countryside

    after atakbo sa australia mcarthur

    after u.s. forces destroyed manila

    • Angelo Macaraig

      Ungrateful and ignorant. You seem to say that we can drive away those Imperial Japanese soldiers without the help of the U.S. Tell that to all the U.S soldiers who died on our soil fighting for our freedom.

      • joboni96

        they were fighting for their
        own u.s. imperialist interests
        not for pilipinos

        they are genociders of pilipinos
        1898-1912 ++

        in the first place
        some pilipino nationalists
        in the government then
        wanted a neutral stance
        in ww2 like thailand

        but mcarthur said fight
        then ran and retreated to australia
        living pilipinos to fight his war
        without his promised 100 mile supply convoy

        then came back
        to destroy manila
        and save face
        instead of leap frogging the city

        ignoramus kolonisadong utak

      • Angelo Macaraig

        Neutral stance your face, that’s what nationalists  and hard-line patriots like you say, but whether the Americans are here or not, Japan will invade the Philippines because capturing the Philippines is a key strategic step in isolating military holdings in the Pacific. 

        Bataan death march include Americans and Filipinos, so save that bullshit that only Filipinos fought the war when Gen McArthur left. And how do you expect to drive away the enemies? My advice to you? Move on. You don’t know what happened during the Battle of Leyte so stop dwelling on the thought that Americans have once been an enemy. Japan was once an enemy and they are one of our best allies.

      • joboni96

        palagay ko
        isa ka sa mga beteranong
        tumatanggap na ng dolyar
        sa imperyalistang u.s.

        kaya may u.s. sa death march
        dahil kolonya tayo noon
        they were protecting
        their gold source

        not protecting pilipinos

        and failure to defend their gold source
        atakbo sa australia mcarthur
        ran away
        after promising a non-existent
        100 mile supply convoy

        study thailand
        so your bullshit mind
        gets cleared up

        my pro pilipino mind
        is free from 30 pieces of silver

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    Excellent write up!  Very inspiring ! A real hero who is a DOER, . . unlike many Filipinos today, . . only good in TALKING . . . and ATTACKING . . . . . . . .



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