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Filipino World War II vets to be honored

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    “I’m the only guy alive (in the photo),” said Domingo Los Banos holding a group picture of himself (bottom row center) with military buddies two days after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Los Banos, who served in the 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment, will be honored with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal Sunday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort Coral Ballroom.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    “For all of us, we’re just happy. … Only now, they’re being recognized for that (their military service).”

    Todd Los Banos

    His father, Domingo Los Banos, above, served in the 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment and will be one of those honored for their service Sunday.

On a cloudy Tuesday afternoon near the front entrance of his apartment at ‘Ilima at Leihano in Kapolei, Domingo Los Banos pointed to a black-and-white photo of 16 World War II soldiers from California and Hawaii. Read more

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