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Malaybalay City During World War II Chapter 7 Aftermath

Posted by Delbert on July 22nd, 2007


Aftermath



Malaybalay
City During World War II

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Now that the war is over we can witness a peaceful scene again, such as these Carabaos pulling the carts along the road.

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A military cemetery – We (124th Infantry Regiment) were in combat in New Guinea, Morotai and Mindanao and I’m not sure where this cemetery is located. The picture was given to me and I don’t recall by whom. I do know that it saddens me when I think of all the good guys who lost their lives and they are some of the real heroes. I’m not a hero but I am a survivor, having survived “The Great Depression” of the thirties and 4 years 10 months and one day in an Infantry Regiment during WW II. We all owe a deep debt of gratitude to those who didn’t make it back home.

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Present day photograph taken along Sayre Highway some where between Malaybalay City and Valencia (The people in the photograph are drying corn).

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After the war I returned to my job with a farm equipment dealer in western Palm Beach County Florida around southern Lake Okeechobee. I was married in 1947 and had two children. After retirement I moved to Melrose in north Florida and live only about 20 miles from the main gate at Camp Blanding. Today this is a National Gua rd Training Center. There is also a great Museum and Memorial Park which is open to the public. This photo of me (Paul Tillery) and my grandson (Warren Tillery age 6-1/2 then) was made in 1994 as we were standing by the memorial to my Division . The 31st Infantry “Dixie” Division. I am 81 years old, in excellent health, take no medication on a regular basis and rarely at any time.

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We at the Manila Journal would like to thank Paul Tillery for his photos and his commentary about his service in the Philippines during the Second World War.

I and the staff of the Manila Journal wish to thank him and his comrades for their service to both the Philippines and the United States and to acknowledge the sacrifices of those comrades living and dead.

Delbert

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