Fidel V. Segundo

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Fidel V. Segundo (b. April 24, 1894 - d. December 19, 1944) a native of Laoag, Ilocos Norte. World War II hero, who was assinged to the main line of resistance during the attack of the Japanese in Bataan.

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Military Career

Fidel left his pre-medical course at the University of the Philippines and enrolled at the United States Military Academy (U.S.M.A.), West Point, New York in 1914. In 1917 he became a second lieutenant in the Philippine Scouts, promoted to first lieutenant in 1918, then a captain in 1920. In 1924, he went to Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Riley, Arkansas, to have further military training. When he returned to the country in 1929, he taught military science and tactics at the University of the Philippines, then was appointed commandant of cadets, 1932. On 1936, he was appointed as the chief of staff for intelligences, operations and training in the Philippine Army. In 1940, he was promoted to colonel and designated as the comander of Camp Lana in Parang, Cotabato. On July 2, 1941, he was the superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (P.M.A.) in Bagiuo.

Japanese Invasion

After the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. He command the Army's First Regular Division, that were assigned to engaged the enemy's landing operations on the east coast of Tayabas now called Quezon. Later led the first victory in Bataan operations with only limited equipment that led to the delay of the enemy. On April 9, 1942, while he and his men were holding the enemy at the bay, a new order was given, he must give up Bataan. He and his son were arrested, they were tortured while in jail. They were executed barely two months before Manila was liberated by the Americans.

Reference

  • Quirino, Carlos. Who's Who in Philippine History. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1995.

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