December 5, 2023

The valiant Philippine Army officer whom the Philippine Navy’s most powerful warship was named in his honor was posthumously awarded with the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal for his distinguished achievements and contributions.

Cpt. Conrado Dumlao Yap was among the 51 war veterans conferred with the U.S. Congressional Medal by United States Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson during the recent 78th Victory Day commemoration in Baguio City.

Isabelita Yap-Aganon, the second of his three daughters, received the medal. She encouraged the youth to be inspired and carry the torch of the Filipino war veterans.

“Eighty-two years onward since World War II, my father’s spirit still lives on, guarding our freedom and sovereignty while patrolling the Philippine waters through the BRP Conrado Yap. To the young people witnessing this special day, it is on your shoulders now to continue the legacy of our dear veterans in courageously guarding our freedom and sovereignty and to commit to make our nation better,” she said.

Yap, who hails from Candelaria, Zambales, graduated in the Philippine Military Academy in 1943 and served during WWII.

When the Korean War broke out in June 1950, he was one of the military officers of the Expeditionary Task Force to Korea (Peftok) under the United Nations Command.

He was killed on April 23, 1951 while courageously leading his men as the commanding officer of the Tank Company, Tenth Battalion Combat Team in a furious counterattack against the enemy during the Battle of Yultong in North Korea.

In recognition of his gallantry and sacrifice, Yap received the highest military decorations – the Medal for Valor of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Distinguished Service Cross of the U.S. government and the First Class Taegeuk Cordon of the Order of Military Merit of South Korea.

In his honor, the Philippine Navy named one of its ships, the BRP (Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas) Conrado Yap, after him.

Also named after him is the Yap Hall at the PMA in recognition of his gallantry, valor and sacrifice for the cause of democracy in Yultong, Korea; as well as the Camp Conrado Yap in Iba, Zambales.

There’s also a Conrado D. Yap Hall at the Mechanized Infantry Division Headquarters in Camp O’ Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.

In his native Candelaria, a street and a library and museum were named after him. His death anniversary, April 23, is a non-working holiday in his hometown.

Yap’s latest recognition is the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.

It is the U.S. Congress’s highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals, institutions, or groups. – Carlito C. Dar

WW II VETERAN HONORED —  Isabelita Yap-Aganon, the second of three daughters of the late WWII veteran Cpt. Conrado Yap, received from U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino War Veterans bestowed to 51 war veterans. The Philippine Navy’s warship BRP Conrado Yap and the Philippine Military Academy’s Yap Hall were named in his honor. — Carlito Dar