Veteran Jose Vargas Geaga, 100
Los Angeles –The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) announced the passing of Bataan veterans and Death March Survivor, Jose Vargas Geaga, who turned 100 years old a few days ago, on April 4, 2015. He is a resident of Los Angeles.
Here is the announcement from the Geaga Clan Facebook:
“ To the Geaga family and clan: We announce the peaceful passing of our beloved (father, dad, lolo, tito, uncle, brother) Jose Vargas Geaga yesterday Saturday April 4.
He would have been 101 years old on May 23, 2015. Manong Julian Gomilla (our cousin priest) celebrated a beautiful and solemn funeral mass for Jose amongst family and friends in his home.
Shortly thereafter, his body was taken by the Abbott and Hast Mortuary. Internment of his ashes at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Memorial Park and a memorial service celebrating his life is set for Saturday May 16, 2015 (details to follow and will be posted on www.josegeaga.geagas.org).
“Dad, we are grateful and thankful for all you’ve done for our us and our family; and, we celebrate your life.”
Veteran Ben G. Falloria, 91
Los Angeles – Another Filipino World War II bites the dust.
Ben G. Falloria was born on December 18, 1923 in Botolan,,Zambales. He was an elementary school graduate. He was 91 years old.
He was a founding member and was an active member of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) until his health failed and began off from JFAV activities.
He joined the Magsaysay Guerillas of the Western Luzon Guerilla Forces (WLGF) in Botolan during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in 1942.
WLGF Magsaysay Guerillas
The Botolan military district became a special regiment under the command of guerilla leader Ramon Magsaysay who later became the defense secretary under the President Elpidio Quirino . And later was elected as the President of the Philippines in 1953.
He fought during an encounter with the Japanese In Bucao River, Botolan where 150 Japanese were killed. He was twice wounded in October 1942 and in December 1944
Although he receieved his lump sum, he continued fighting for his fellow veterans who was denied of their lump sum and for recognition and benefits with the JFAV.
He died on March 12, 2015 and was buried last March 29, 2015 .
We salute your Sir Ben Faloria. The gratitude of a grateful nation be with you.