Elpidio S. Dorotheo
Click here to read to read the research essay, “Too Little, Too Late.--Elpidio S. Dorotheo, WWII Filipino Veteran”,
by Marijoy D. Angeles
Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an April 2009 interview by Marijoy D. Angeles with Elpidio S. Dorotheo, who shared the piece of history he experienced during World War II with fighting alongside the Americans.
Mr. Elpidio S. Dorotheo and family at their house in Fremont, CA
Segment 1: Introduction (0:00-0:16)
Interviewer, Marijoy D. Angeles, introduces self and interviewee, Elpidio S. Dorotheo, introduces himself as well.
Segment 5: Reason in joining U.S.
Dorotheo explains about his reasons in leaving to join the U.S. Forces to proudly represent the Filipinos.
Segment 6: Elpidio’s journey into joining the U.S. Armed Forces (2:19-16:19)
Dorotheo narrates about his exciting venture to independently leave to join the U.S. Armed Forces. Although he was under the age of legal military entry, he was too determined to be part of the war resulting into having to hide his age.
Segment 7: Obligations (16:20-17:10)
Dorotheo listed the obligations he had for himself and his family, while serving in the forces.
Segment 8: The benefits Dorotheo received in the war (17:11-17:33)
Dorotheo gratefully mention how the most valuable benefit he received for serving in the war was the education he was given.
Mr. and Mrs. Elpidio S. Dorotheo practicing their Catholic faith
Segment 10: Ratio of American
soldiers to Filipino soldiers in each regiment (18:21-19:05)
Dorotheo recalled the accurate ratio of American soldiers to Filipino soldiers in each platoon and regiments.
Segment 11: Benefits Americans received that Filipinos did not receive (19:08-21:15)
Dorotheo tells his disappointment at how Americans received benefits that most, if not all, Filipino soldiers received. “Too late, and too little”—regarding the recent legislation passed for Filipino WWII Veterans, after 64 years after the war.
Segment 12: Reason why Dorotheo believes there was an inequality between veteran benefits (21:16-23:27)
Dorotheo shared his thoughts that maybe we would have been treated more equally if we fought for the enemies, but it seemed as though the enemies were treated better than the Filipino comrades/soldiers.
Segment 13: “It should be the same” (23:28-23:52)
Elpidio Dorotheo talks about the compensation award difference for the Filipino Veterans; the recent Filipino WWII Veterans compensation legislation has been passed for those veterans who are still alive. $15,000 compensation for those that are
Segment 14: Did not experience or hear about the Recission Act of 1946 (23:53-24:14)
Interviewer, Angeles, asked Dorotheo if he know about the Recission Act of 1946, where the U.S. Government/Congress went against their promise to give Filipino soldiers all the same benefits a U.S. soldier was given, along with taking away their U.S. citizenship.
Segment 15: The importance of
physical fitness to the Dorotheo’s (24:15-26:10)
Since Dorotheo was a young child, he and his family has always believed that physical fitness is an important factor to living life stress-free and to the fullest. Dorotheo, at eighty-one years of age, he feels thirty years younger than his age.
Segment 16: “Much delayed and too, too little” (26:11-27:30)
There is a lack of recognition regarding the veteran compensation. He stresses that the legislation is “much delayed and too, too little.” He elaborates about his disappointment in the inequality, mentioning that many Filipino war veterans have already passed on, that this is an incredible injustice. Even the compensation amount does not suffice what they should have received.
Segment 17: No Regrets (27:33-29:01)
Dorotheo had no regrets with joining the forces. Although there were inequalities for the Filipino Veterans, he did not regret the experience with joining the forces and being part of the world war; he used to sing the United States National Anthem loud and proud.
Segment 20: Last messages from Mr. Elpidio S. Dorotheo—Physical Fitness (31:49-35:20)
Mr. Elpidio S. Dorotheo shared a few wise advice for living life long and stress-free.
Mr. Elpidio S. Dorotheo celebrating a birthday with his wife, big family, and friends
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last revised: 5-26-09
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