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A Salute to Three Proud Filipino WWII Veterans

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Chief of Staff Juliet K. Choi visited the USCIS team in Manila on Sept. 11 and had the opportunity to meet with three Filipino World War II veterans.

Cesario Mauro served in the Philippine guerillas from March 1945 until February 1946 and as a special Philippine scout from February 1946 until April 1947. He brought along his Certificate of Naturalization from 1995, which Chief of Staff Choi is holding.

Cresini Santos served with the Philippine guerillas from January to September 1945.

Guadencio Junatas served as a special Philippine scout from August 1946 until April 1949. At far left is Brian Spalter, deputy director of the Asia/Pacific District, and at far right is Thomas Curley, director of the Manila Field Office.

The United States recognized the independence of the Philippines on July 4, 1946.