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Jesus A. Villamor

Home of record: Manila Philippine Islands

Villamor was one of seven children. He studied commerce at De La Salle College (now DLSU-Manila) in Manila, hoping to pursue a business career. He joined the Philippine Army Air Corps (PAAC) Flying School in 1936 and was sent to the United States for training, and after three years, began flying B-17's as part of the US Air Force's Strategic Bombing Squadron. Upon his return to the Philippines, Villamor was assigned to lead the 6th Pursuit Squadron (now 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron) shortly before the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in December 1941. When his overwhelmed unit was finally destroyed, Villamor continued his war against the Japanese as an intelligence officer. On December 27, 1942 Villamor slipped past the Japanese Navy aboard the submarine "Gudgeon." Establishing a chain of direct communication from the Philippines with General Douglas MacArthur in Australia, he coordinated the activities of various guerilla movements in Luzon, Mindanao and the Visayas.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Jesus A. Villamor (ASN: 0-888072), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-26 Fighter Airplane in the 6th Pursuit Squadron, Philippine Army Air Corps, attached to the FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces on 10 December 1941, during an air mission over Air Batangas, Philippine Islands. Captain Villamor led six ancient P-26's in interception of some fifty-four attacking bombers and the harassing tactics of the Filipino flyers minimized damage to their Batangas field. Captain Villamor's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Philippine Army Air Corps, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1941)

Action Date: 10-Dec-41

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 6th Pursuit Squadron

Division: Philippine Army Air Corps

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Jesus A. Villamor (ASN: 0-888072), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-26 Fighter Airplane in the 6th Pursuit Squadron, Philippine Army Air Corps, attached to the FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 12 December 1941. In defense of the Philippine Islands against Japanese aerial attack, on this date Captain Villamor engaged and shot down one enemy fighter. Captain Villamor's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Philippine Army Air Corps, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1941)

Action Date: 12-Dec-41

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 6th Pursuit Squadron

Division: Philippine Army Air Corps