Better Late Than Never: 101-Year-Old WW II Veteran Honored

Better late than never, so to speak.

Finally, after waiting for so many years, the 101-year-old WW II Veteran hero, Sgt. Jose Quilatan,  has been given honor for his exploits and sacrifices during the World War II.

101 year old WW II veteran

The former executive secretary and defense chief Eduardo Ermita handing over the certificate of recognition to Quilatan during the ceremony honoring the country’s war heroes. (Source: Philippine Star/Philippine Army’s public affairs office)

The centenarian-hero, Quilatan, received a certificate of recognition for his contribution to the guerilla campaign during the WW II.

Army spokesman Col. Benjamin Hao said and quoted in the article that the said veteran: “was a member of the trigger unit of the Hunter’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Guerrillas.”

As stated in the Philippine Star article, the veteran hero served as a rifleman from 1942 – 1945 and believed to have saved lives of hundreds of Filipinos.

Honor has been given to 14 other Filipino veterans – both living and dead – for bravery and heroism.

This celebration of the Philipine Veterans Week, as well as, the 74th Araw ng Kagitingan will end on April 11, followed by a sunset ceremony to be held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

I’m glad that the honor was given to the true heroes of our country. Indeed, better late than never.

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