Recipient Detail



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


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.