Army pays tribute to Filipino Korean war veterans

The Philippine Army, today, pays tribute and respect to Filipino Korean War Veterans who were members of Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK).

The 10th Battalion Combat Team, as first PEFTOK troops, arrived at South Korea in September 1950 in assistance to the United Nation’s effort to stop North Korea’s Communist invasion of South Korea in 1950s.

10th Battalion Combat team composed of 900 Filipino soldiers fought and withstood 40, 000 Chinese army in the Battle of Yuldong in North Korea on April 23, 1951.

“The Philippines and its 20 other UN allies paid in blood and pain for defending democracy in South Korea. This First World War between democracy and communism took the lives of 112 Filipino fighting men, wounding 313 others while 16 men remain officially missing-in-action to this day,” Philippine Army said in a news release.

Former president and PEFTOK Veterans Fidel V Ramos assisted by personnel from the Army’s Security and Escort Battalion during the wreath laying ceremony and floral offering in commemoration of the 2014 Korean War Veterans of the Philippines Memorial Day celebration at the Korean War Memorial Pylon, Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.