We regret that Brig. Gen. Antonio Ortega, the veteran & father of Ray, Manny & Teddy (WWII reenactors) passed away around 1AM of May 11'2010.
I just knew it this 100510 1000H when I called their house & a lady told me that Manny & Ray were still sleeping since they're tired last night because their father died.
Ray & Manny will advise us the address of the wake. Ray told me that maybe this coming Saturday 151010 is the last day of the wake & they'll go back to US to bury their father on Sunday.
Brig. Gen. Antonio Ortega was a WWII officer of the Philippine Commonwealth Army under the 21st Div. with a motto "They (Japanese) Shall Never Land". Maybe Ray, Manny, Vic or Philip can share the more detail about Col. Ortega's WWII experiences & accomplishment until post WWII when he became the tank commander of the Walker Bulldog tanks of the AFP before he retired.
May Brig. Gen. Antonio Ortega rest in peace. At least he saw for the last time the Mt. Samat Bataan last Apr 9' 2010 & he saw us there in uniform honoring the heroes like him.
Post by bravotwozero on May 12, 2010 1:43:27 GMT 8
Manny and Teddy , I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I have had the pleasure of meeting you Dad at a couple of events and I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. I offer you prayers and deep condolences.
Another member of our Greatest Generation has been called by the Commander in Chief...
Brig Gen Antonio Ortega, May 10, 2010
WWII BATAAN Silver Star Veteran Medal of Valor, US Govt.
Commissioned in 1945 by General Douglas Mac Arthur Awarded by General Basilio Valdez, AFP C of S
Philippine Gold Cross for Gallantry in action, Philippine Govt.
Purple Heart, Death March Survivor
The intensity of the artillery concentration made the men feel that it was the beginning of the final offensive. When they saw that many were getting killed or wounded, the rest began to withdraw to the rear.
To prevent an abandonment of the MLR, unit commanders, like Major Joaquin Espiritu who was in command of the 22nd Infantry, and Lt. Antonio A. Ortega, commander of the 2nd Battalion, of the same regiment, had to rush to the front to rally the men and stop a general withdrawal. Both officers were awarded the Gold Cross medal.
The citation for Lt. Ortega's action:
"As battalion commander of the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, in defense of the Mt. Samat sector, Bataan, Ortega directed his battalion to hold the nose of Mt. Samat near Oyong Bridge against the onslaught of the enemy for a breakthrough attempt on the defense line during the month of February 1942."
They Served with Honor, Filipino war heroes of WWII by Col. Uldarico S. Baclagon
Actions during the Lull period chapter IV, Patrol action and skirmishes, pp 87 - 88
Araw ng Kagitingan - Bataan, April 2010
“Daisy Mae” # 11 lead tank Commanded by Capt. Ortega 1st “Tabak” Division, 1st Recon, Philippine Army June 12, 1961 The new Philippine Independence Day, Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Park, Manila, Philippines
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