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CMOHS.org - Sergeant CALUGAS, JOSE, U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

CALUGAS, JOSE

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Battery B
Division: 88th Field Artillery, Philippine Scouts
Born: 29 December 1907, Barrio Tagsing, Leon, Philippine Islands
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Fort Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands
G.O. Number: 10
Date of Issue: 02/24/1942
Accredited To:
Place / Date: At Culis, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands, 16 January 1942
 
 


CALUGAS, JOSE Photo
 
Citation

The action for which the award was made took place near Culis, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands, on 16 January 1942. A battery gun position was bombed and shelled by the enemy until 1 gun was put out of commission and all the cannoneers were killed or wounded. Sgt. Calugas, a mess sergeant of another battery, voluntarily and without orders ran 1,000 yards across the shell-swept area to the gun position. There he organized a volunteer squad which placed the gun back in commission and fired effectively against the enemy, although the position remained under constant and heavy Japanese artillery fire.