- Virginia leaders are set to commemorate the legacy of Filipino sailors who served in the U.S. Navy with a historical highway marker during a celebration this Saturday.
- Many Filipinos originally emigrated from the Philippines to the Hampton Roads region of Virginia for opportunities with the U.S. Navy.
- Today, the region is home to the largest Filipino-American community in Virginia.
- The marker, “Filipinos in the U.S. Navy,” is one of five historical markers nominated by Virginia students through a state-wide contest aiming to highlight the history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the area.
Virginia leaders are set to commemorate the legacy of Filipino sailors who served in the U.S. Navy with a historical highway marker in Virginia Beach during a celebration this weekend.
Hampton Roads, a Virginia region which contains Naval Station Norfolk, saw an influx of Filipino immigrants when the U.S. Navy started recruiting Filipino sailors shortly after the Philippines gained independence in 1948. In what is referred to as a “status of forces agreement” between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States, the U.S. agreed to allow Filipino citizens to enlist in the Navy in order to retain their military bases in the Philippines. Today, it is home to one of the largest Filipino-American communities in the United States.
- The U.S. Navy is set to name its future Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer after Filipino medal of honor awardee Telesforo De La Cruz Trinidad.
- In January 1915, Trinidad exhibited heroism aboard the USS San Diego when he helped crew members get to safety after the ship’s boilers exploded.
- “Since being sworn in as Secretary, I have wanted to honor his heroic actions by naming a ship after him,” U.S. Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro said in a statement. “This ship and her future crew will be a critical piece in strengthening our maritime superiority while also emphasizing the rich culture and history of our naval heritage.”
- Asian American advocates in the U.S. and the Philippines have long pushed for such an honor.
- Some made a case that it would also recognize the hundreds of thousands of other Filipinos and Filipino Americans who have served in the U.S. Navy since 1901.
A new U.S. Navy ship is set to bear the name USS Telesforo Trinidad in honor of a Filipino sailor who rescued two crew members in the 1900s.
Fireman Telesforo De La Cruz Trinidad, who died in 1968 at 77, has maintained the distinction of being the only Filipino in the U.S. Navy to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
A Korean American woman broke glass ceilings of her time when she became the first Asian American female officer to serve in the U.S. Navy at the height of World War II.
Susan Ahn Cuddy, who reached the rank of lieutenant, became an unlikely leader to countless White men, thriving in an atmosphere of anti-Asian sentiment and sexism in the military.
Two American women, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba, were saved after being stranded in the middle of the ocean for five months thanks to a Taiwanese fishing boat that spotted them on Oct. 24.
The women’s crippled sailboat were spotted by the Taiwanese fishing vessel about 900 miles southeast of Japan, according to Taiwan News. After they saw Appel and Fuiaba’s boat, the crew immediately contacted the United States Navy stationed in Guam.
An American Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship on Monday, resulting to several injuries and 10 missing Navy sailors off the coast of Singapore.
According to CNN, five U.S. Navy sailors were injured in the recent collision of the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, USS John S. McCain, with the merchant ship, Alnic MC, east of Singapore on Monday at 5:24 a.m.