on Filipino soldiers gets early showing at CSUS
of the U.S. Army's 1st and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments will
be on hand for an early showing of a documentary film capturing
their experiences during a critical time in American and Filipino-American
An Untold Triumph will be presented from 4 - 7 p.m., Sunday,
Nov. 17 in the California State University, Sacramento's University
Union Ballroom, and members of the regiments will host a question-and-answer
session following the presentation. The film will be edited for
an hour-long broadcast scheduled for a spring release on PBS television.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order to form
the regiments in 1942, Gen. Douglas MacArthur commissioned more
than 7,000 Filipino immigrants who were living in the United States
to serve in them.
A fierce love of their homeland and deep devotion to America gave
these soldiers a passion to serve as paratroopers, infiltrators
and spies during World War II. They became MacArthur's secret weapon
in implementing strategic plans to retake the Philippine Islands.
Later, 800 of them were hand-selected to supply intelligence behind
enemy lines as part of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion from 1943
CSUS showing is presented along with the Sacramento/Delta and Stockton
chapters of the Filipino American Historical Society, Filipino American
Veterans Association and the American Legion Magellan Post.
Admission is free. More information is available by following the
link at www.csus.edu/mcult,
or by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at 278-6156.