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    Posted April 10, 2012 by
    savannah, Georgia
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    Eye on the Philippines

    Forgotten Hero

    The two colored pictures attached are of my father, Enrique "Eking" Bulatao. He is an indigenous Aeta of the Philippines. He assisted the US Military to establish the Jungle Enviornmental Surival Training, in 1965. He shared and trained thousands of US Military soliders bound for Vietnam with his jungle survival skills, that he inherited from his ancestors. He was a major influence to the Military. He loved and enjoyed sharing his knowledge. Especially when he knew made a big impact, when pilots will come back to him and tell him there war stories. He was an instructor for 31 years, for the US Military based in Subic Naval Base Philippines. He, his father and other indigenous family members also played a big role during the WWII against the Japanese. The black and white photo is of my fathers uncle and the tribe, who assisted the US Military to fight the Japanese Invasion of the Philippines. These are true heros that a lot of people don't know of, but all that matters is there warrior contributions made lots of impact. He retired in 1992 when the Subic Naval Base closed and moved to California with his wife and four children. He recently passed away on February 28, 2012 in San Diego, California and was buried in the Philippines.
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