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Badge of courage

Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2019 09:39 PM

Badge of courage

Major Fortunato S. Perez receives the US Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by the United States, for his bravery during the second World War in ceremonies held at the World War II Veterans Museum in Taguig on Thursday. Now 96 years old, Perez entered the service at 18 and fought against the Japanese occupation, leading tactical operations in Hagonoy town, Bulacan.

“They were courageous,” Perez said of his men as he recalled how they evaded capture by enemy troops and defeated four enemy soldiers.