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RE: Requesting Sponsorship of Amendment to S768 for the Inclusion of the WW11 POWs from the Philippines

Thursday, November 12, 2009 9:25 AM

From:

To:

" Adam (Feinstein)Stone" <Adam_Stone@feinstein.senate.gov>

Sir, my deepest gratitude to you

 

Sincerely,

Maria Elizabeth

--- On Thu, 11/12/09, Stone, Adam (Feinstein) <Adam_Stone@feinstein.senate.gov> wrote:


From: Stone, Adam (Feinstein) <Adam_Stone@feinstein.senate.gov>
Subject: RE: Requesting Sponsorship of Amendment to S768 for the Inclusion of the WW11 POWs from the Philippines
To: "maria.embry@sbcglobal.net" <maria.embry@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6:28 AM

Ms. Embry:

 

 I have received your email.  I will make sure that it is brought to the attention of the Military Legislative Assistant and to the Senator. 

 

Thank you,

Adam Stone

Legislative Correspondent

Senator Feinstein

 

From: maria.embry@sbcglobal.net [mailto:maria.embry@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:25 AM
To: Stone, Adam (Feinstein)


Subject: Requesting Sponsorship of Amendment to S768 for the Inclusion of the WW11 POWs from the Philippines

 

Dear Mr. Adam Stone,

 

Sir, kindly to the attention of Sen Feintein. Please acknowledge receipt.

 

With deepest gratitude,

Maria Elizabeth Embry

xxxx

Antioch Ca 94509

Tel xxxxxx 

 

An Open Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein Seeking to Request Sponsorship of Amendment to S768 for the Inclusion of the WW11 POWs from the Philippines

 

Dear Senator Feinstein:

 

Madam, during this solemn occasion when we, Americans publicly honor the service and sacrifice of our military, allow me to plead with you to sponsor an amendment to S.768 introduced by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico on April 1, 2009.  S768 seeks to award the Congressional Gold Medal to WW11 U.S. military personnel from the United States. Excluded in the bill were those WW11 U.S. military personnel from the Philippines.

 

Undoubtedly, S.768 as currently written is unconstitutional for treating soldiers who are similarly situated (same U.S. command, same POW camp, same fate-and that is dying) not in similar manner, by awarding medals to those who came from the U.S. and excluding those who came from the Philippines.  As we all know, equity is rooted in conscience. This is the fundamental belief that every soldiers had fought for all of us.  Most important, legislative bills when crafted and before they are passed into Public Laws must be based on equity

 

Amending 768 is not an economic issue of additional cost to the U.S. government since only one gold medal will be awarded collectively & symbolically to all recipients. Duplicate bronze medals will be sold after the entire cost has been factored into a specified sale price. Therefore, it would even be a brilliant marketing strategy to have more recipients in order to generate a robust sale. The adage, the more the merrier holds true in this situation. Incidentally, the profit shall be deposited in favor of the U.S. Mint Public Enterprise Fund.

 

Amending S768 is not prohibited because of the citizenship, nationality or domicile of recipients, since these has never been issues in the past and the Medal has been granted to many individuals of various citizenship, nationality & domicile

 

Since May 27, 2009 I had communicated my concerns to Sen. Udall via numerous e-mails, phone calls that were validated by his office staff as received.  Sen. Udall has been silent as to the cause of the exclusion of the Filipino veterans

 

Therefore, in honor of those who perished, the survivors, the departed, many dying with war wounds that never healed because of the bitterness of the inequity, I plead with you to kindly respond in the affirmative that you will file an amendment to include the soldiers from the Philippines in S.768.  Never should we forget again to whom we all owe the freedom that we all enjoy today.

 

Your honor, my deepest gratitude to you & your staff for all the valuable assistance you continue to extend to our beloved Filipino U.S. WW11 veterans

 

Thank you for your attention to this matter

 

Sincerely,

Maria Elizabeth Embry

xxxxx

Antioch Ca 94509

xxxx

November 11, 2009 Veterans’ Day

 

Enclosures:

An Open e- letter to the Honorable Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico

Re: S. 768 (Granting of Congressional Gold Medal to WW11 Bataan POW)

An Open e- letter to the Honorable Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico

Re: S. 768 (Granting of Congressional Gold Medal to WW11 Bataan POW)

 

 

Hon Tom Udall

110 Hart Senate Office Bldg

Washington D.C. 20510

 

 

Dear Sir:

 

My name is Maria Elizabeth Embry from Antioch California. I respectfully would like to call your attention to S. 768 which you had introduced to the U.S. Senate on April 1, 2009.

 

First of all, allow me to commend you for your honorable intention to pay tribute to our truly heroic military personnel during World War 11 who became prisoners of war as a consequence of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines.

 

However, carefully reading S. 768, became problematic for me in your definition of recipients, which to quote, “to grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the soldiers from the United States who were prisoners of war at Bataan during World War II.

 

Further readings of the bill’s congressional findings stated the following: “that by April 1942, nearly 12,000 soldiers from the United States and 67,000 soldiers from the Philippines based at Bataan, Philippines, had bravely and staunchly fought off enemy attacks …. on June 6, 1942, the prisoners from the United States were transferred to Cabanatuan, north of Camp O'Donnell. In July 1942, all prisoners from the Philippines were paroled… the people of the United States are forever indebted to these men for the courage they demonstrated during the first 4 months of World War II in fighting against enemy soldiers; and the perseverance they demonstrated during 3 years of capture, imprisonment, and atrocious conditions, while maintaining dignity, honor, patriotism, and loyalty.”

 

Sir, I request that you amend the exclusionary provision of S. 768.  Honoring only those who suffered in further captivity is to diminish the role of those who were paroled, but who suffered with the same and sometimes actually worse fate than the military personnel you are honoring exclusively.

 

With all due respect to your Honor, allow me to remind you of the following facts:

 

The U. S. WW11 Bataan POW from the Philippines, although paroled, continued fighting to victory an unwinnable war against all odds sans military equipment, organization and hope.

 

They fought the ravages of malnutrition, war related illnesses, exposure to further arrests and endangerment to their person, family and friends.

 

They lost their homes that became shells of abode destroyed equally by enemy and friendly fires.

 

They help rescue the POWs, that not for the courage of rescuers the likelihood of not finding a single soul to save among them is a real possibility given the known propensity of the enemy soldiers.

 

They reenlisted to help clean up postwar Okinawa and other places, maintain peace and order, rebuilt United States numerous territorial possessions from anarchy and further devastations.

 

They came back from war not to the accolades but to the resounding rejection from the U.S. Congress that their wartime service was deemed not to have been a service to the United States military and as a consequence suffered the indignity and humiliation of being excluded by a nation regarded in the whole world for her democratic principles.

 

They embarked patiently on a 63 year journey thru numerous U.S. courts  and congressional floors to fight for the recognition, with the steadfast support of legislators like the Hon. Inouye, Akaka, Filner, Honda and many others who incidentally include your Honor and the co sponsors of S. 768.

 

They watched many of their comrades die with their military service unrecognized, excluded from education, health care and housing benefits enjoyed by their comrades from other nationalities and later they were not allowed  to be buried with military honors in military burial grounds.

 

Sir, the WW11 U.S. military personnel from the Philippines suffered all these and many more unspeakable indignities.

 

Although, I would like to say that I trust your good judgment, however, I would like to respectfully caution your Honor not to go in the same path taken by your predecessors in Congress who fashioned the two infamous Rescission Acts of 1946 in deliberately excluding the Filipino WW11 U.S. veterans from the honor they deserved as a matter of law and conscience. Let there be no more divisions among the military personnel who had honorably served United States cause. Why perpetuate the inequity?  Why not render justice now, since we are fortunate enough to find these remaining valiant Filipino WW11 U.S. veterans still with us?

 

Therefore, I respectfully request that you amend S768 to include all WW11 Bataan POW U.S. military personnel while disregarding their place of nativity and domicile, race and citizenship.

 

 

I would appreciate a written response from your Honor regarding these issues.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Maria Elizabeth Embry

xxxxx

Antioch Ca 94509

Tel xxxxxx

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Thank you!  10:45 A.M.  5/27/2009

RE: S. 768 sponsored by Sen Tom Udall (Bataan POWs from the Philippines excluded)

Thursday, June 11, 2009 10:33 AM
From:
To:
"'maria.embry@sbcglobal.net'" <maria.embry@sbcglobal.net>

Thank you for your email, Maria.  We will get you a response.

pd

Pablo Duran

Senator Udall (New Mexico)

S.768 POW @ Bataan introduced by Sen Udall

Monday, June 8, 2009 10:40 AM
From:
To:
anna_vavruska@tomudall.senate.gov

Dear Anna,

Greetings to you. As per our telephone conversation kindly forward the following to Mr. Pablo Duran of Sen Udall's Veteran Affairs staff Re S.768 for the personal attention of Sen. Udall.

Please acknowledge receipt of this e-mail, so I may ascertain that I have gotten your e-mail address correctly.

Thank you for your attention regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

Maria Elizabeth Embry

Death of Bataan POW from the Philippines excluded from S. 768Friday, June 26, 2009 12:28 PM

From: "maria.embry@sbcglobal.net" <maria.embry@sbcglobal.net>View contact detailsTo: anna_vavruska@tomudall.senate.gov

Death of Bataan POW from the Philippines excluded from S. 768Friday, June 26, 2009 11:18 AM

From: "maria.embry@sbcglobal.net" <maria.embry@sbcglobal.net>View contact detailsTo: Donda_Morgan@tomudall.senate.gov

Death of Bataan POW from the Philippines excluded from S. 768Friday, June 26, 2009 11:17 AM

From: "maria.embry@sbcglobal.net" <maria.embry@sbcglobal.net>View contact detailsTo: Tom_Nagle@tomudall.senate.gov

Death of Bataan POW from the Philippines excluded from S. 768Friday, June 26, 2009 11:12 AM

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