Jose Cabalfin Calugas was a member of the Philippine Scouts during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Bataan. He is the father of two adult children and a stepfather to a son and a daughter-in-law.
About Jose Calugas in brief
Jose Cabalfin Calugas was a member of the Philippine Scouts during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Bataan. He was captured along with other members of his unit and forced to march to a distant enemy prison camp, where he was held as a prisoner of war. When he was released in 1943, he was secretly assigned to a guerrilla unit in the Philippines where he fought for the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese. He later retired from the Army and settled in Tacoma, Washington, and became a U.S. citizen. He is the father of two adult children and a stepfather to a son and a daughter-in-law. He currently lives in Tacoma with his wife and two children. He has a son, a daughter, and a son- in-law who are both active members of the United States Army. He also has a grandson, a grandson and a great-grandson who all served in the military and are active in the U.
S. Air Force and the Air Force Reserve. He died in 2007 in Washington, D.C., and is survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren. His great-great-grandchildren are currently living in Washington and California. He had no children of his own and is the grandfather of two step-children who are active military members. He served in World War Two as an artilleryman and served with different artillery batteries of the Philippine Scouts until his unit was mobilized to fight in WW II. His unit was sent to Bataa in December 1941. On January 16, 1942, he noticed that one of the unit’s 75 mm M1917 field gun had been silenced, and its crew killed. Without orders, he ran the 1,000 yards across the shell-swept area to the inactive gun position. Once there, he organized a squad of volunteers who returned Japanese artillery fire.