He went to France and joined the French Army as medical volunteer in 1916. In February of the same year, he was appointed member of the Inter- Allied Commission to Germany; made chief of the Medical Service of the American Red Cross Commission to Germany, and later appointed Deputy Commissioner of the American Red Cross in Europe. Quezon appointed him chief of staff of the Philippine Constabulary in 1939, and Chief of Staff of the Philippine Army. As a physician, Valdes also was an instructor for Physiology at the College of Medicine, U. In 1919, he made studies of the health conditions in Prague, Czechoslovakia and in Kovno, Lithuania. (Ret.) became Secretary of National Defense in 1941; and Secretary of Public Works, War Cabinet (1941-1945), serving under President Jose P.Crowds gathered outside daily and Saigon police would begin breaking them up by mid-day.
I stayed there until April 30, 1975, when the evacuation took place. During the last two weeks before the evacuation, it appeared that the big exodus was on and the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army would settle for nothing short of unconditional surrender. Major James Kean, our company commander, came in out of Hong Kong.The Japanese Army overran all of the Philippines during the first half of 1942.The Liberation of the Philippines commenced with amphibious landings on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on October 20, 1944.Aircraft carrier-based warplanes were already conducting air strikes and fighter sweeps against the Japanese in the Philippines, especially their military airfields. Before the invasion of the Philippines, Mac Arthur's northernmost conquest had been at Morotai in the Dutch East Indies on September 15–16, 1944. Navy, Marine Corps, and Army as well as Australian and New Zealand forces under the command of Admiral Nimitz and Admiral William F. had isolated the large Japanese South Pacific base at Rabaul, New Britain, by capturing a ring of islands around Rabaul, and then building air bases on them from which to bomb and blockade the Japanese forces at Rabaul into military impotence.This was Mac Arthur's one base that was within bomber range of the southern Philippines. With victories in the Marianas campaign (on Saipan, on Guam, and on Tinian, during June and July 1944), American forces were getting close to Japan itself.He was a member of the Philippine Medical Association; University of Santo Tomas Medical Society; Association of Military Surgeons of the Philippines; Association of Military Surgeons of the United States; Philippine Federation of Private Medical Practitioners; Veterans of Bataan and Corrigedor; President of the War Veterans of the Philippines, Inc.; Vice-President of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society; member of the Philippine Cancer Society.Manila Lions Club, fellow and past President, of the Philippine College of Surgeons, Fellow and past President, Philippine Chapter of the International College of Surgeons; and Fellow of the Philippine Orthopedic Association.I am single, 37 years old, six feet tall and weigh about 190 pounds. About the 23rd of April, the Bien Hoa detachment from the American Consulate there evacuated and joined us. He had requested to come in to see if he could help us with anything. The embassy processing section suddenly realized there had been a serious miscalculation of American figures, which up to this time had been based on 7,000 Americans to be evacuated.I am from San Antonio, Texas, and I enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1955. It now seemed virtually impossible to estimate how many Americans were living in Saigon and nearby Bein Hoa.Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount.By clicking Confirm, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab.