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Korean soldiers pay respect to war heroes
by PMA Release

A delegation from the Korean Military Academy (KMA) headed by Maj. Sungil Lim visited the Philippine Military Academy on Aug. 22 to pay tribute to Filipino soldiers who fought during the Korean War in the 1950s.

Upon arrival in the academy, the delegation proceeded to the Korean War Memorial to render a flower offering in honor of the heroism and gallantry displayed by the Filipino soldiers who were members of Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (Peftok).

The Peftok was a contingent of the United Nations forces during the Korean War. It was composed of 7,500 troops, coming from the five 1,500-man Battalion combat teams constituting the 10th Battalion Combat Team, 20th Battalion Combat Team, 19th Battalion Combat Team, 14th Battalion Combat Team, and the 2nd Battalion Combat Team.

Throughout the Philippines, there are only three Korean War Memorials built, The Korean War Memorial Pylon at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Marikorea Monument in Marikina, and the one found in PMA.

The construction of the third war memorial in PMA is a fitting tribute to the graduates of the academy for their courage in fighting for democracy in Korea.

Among the soldiers who fought gallantly and demonstrated valor and bravery during the Korean War, was Capt. Conrado Yap, a member of PMA Class ‘43. He was the commander of the Tank Company, 10th Battalion Combat team of the Peftok. In the height of the battle that transpired in Yultong, Yap was killed.

He was posthumously awarded the Philippine Medal of Valor and the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Cross. Aside from the picture and citation about the heroism of Yap, which is exhibited in the Hall of Valor in PMA, the mess hall, which is the dining area of the cadets, is named Yap Hall to institutionalize the intrepidness and great courage a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy embodies.

Through the years, PMA produced soldiers who have placed primacy on duty. As the institution where courage, loyalty, and integrity are well-ingrained in all its graduates, it continues to live up to the standards and ideals that have defined and distinguished it as the premier military institution in the country.


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