Ares, Alfredo, 82. He was in the high school at the outbreak of World War II the Pacific.
He joined the guerrilla movement after the fall of Bataan in April 9, 1942 and Corregidor on May 6, 1942. He joined the group
organized by soldiers who were released from the Prisoner of War concentration Camps - the 206th Guerrilla Battalion (LGAF)
Ind. commanded by Captain Dionco, a former POW (now deceased).
Ares went on risky missions with his unit. He infiltrated enemy installations and gathered intelligence
the enemy's strength, equipment, location, disposition, organization and movements.
Their efforts proved essential to successful raids and ambuscades against the enemy - although at times
disastrous to communities where civilians also suffered. Ares participated in the Liberation of the town of Casiguran from
the occupiers who were well entrenched in 1945.
The town was easily taken over as the enemy hurriedly retreated northward to the Cagayan Valley. The guerrilla's
successful actions provided the unit firearms and ammunitions.
Ares was honorably discharged from the guerrilla service on February 13, 1946 with the rank of 1st Sergeant.
He was awarded medals corresponding to the merits in defending freedom and democracy.
After the war, Ares enlisted in the Armed Forces of the Philippines on October 8, 1948 and retired on
July 16, 1971. With almost 25 years of active and honorable service, he served in different parts of the country to fight
the insurgents who threatened the peace and order. He also went to Military and Police schools.
On December 8, 1991 by the virtue of a bill passed
by the US Congress and signed into Law by President George HW. Bush on immigration, Ares moved to America with other Filipino
WWII Veterans. He took Oath of Allegiance to the American flag on December 16,1991 and became a US citizen.
He had some rough days and moments adjusting life.
He got his first SSI money after waiting for three-long frustrating months. He bought a portable typewriter upon receiving
his first SSI money, bought a map of Sunnyvale City and found a friend to temporarily stay with.
He read the daily papers and wrote members in the U.S.
Congress and Senate and President Bush to help the Filipino veterans cause.
Later things went brightened up for him. He got in touch with Senator Barbara Boxer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo and others. He wrote to his family that his long-time dream was becoming a reality.
Ares became a member of a veteran's USFILVET organization in San Jose led by Dominador Valdez. He
was then appointed as an adviser of the organization and later as an officer of the organization for his leadership.
He was later sent several
times on a mission to Washington DC to attend hearings. He joined rallies with his fellow Filipino veterans on Capitol Hill
and in front of the White House. Recently, he was a delegate during the dedication ceremony of the WWII National Memorial
in the nation's capital.
Ares became a family man on June 27, 1951. He was then
25 years old. He married the former Carlina dela Rosa. They were gifted with four children.
-- Prepared and proudly submitted by Ofelia
R. Ares, daughter, January 28, 2005.