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In Memory of

Manuel Festijo Naku

July 1, 1918 - January 14, 2013

Obituary


Manuel F Naku passed away on Monday, January 14, 2013, he was 93 years old. Manuel is survived by his wife of about 68 years, Segunda, his 4 children: Manuel Jr., Loida, Roland & Marilyn, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Manuel was born in Bautista Pangasinan, Philippines. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1957.

Manuel Naku was a hero. He was a scout for the US Army. He served in the Battle of the Philippines and was a POW from 1942 to 1945 (1,085 days). During his imprisonment he...

Manuel F Naku passed away on Monday, January 14, 2013, he was 93 years old. Manuel is survived by his wife of about 68 years, Segunda, his 4 children: Manuel Jr., Loida, Roland & Marilyn, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Manuel was born in Bautista Pangasinan, Philippines. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1957.

Manuel Naku was a hero. He was a scout for the US Army. He served in the Battle of the Philippines and was a POW from 1942 to 1945 (1,085 days). During his imprisonment he was forced to march in the Bataan Death March. He was awarded the Bronze Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Combat in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. The words on his plaque upon receiving the Bronze Star say, "The actions of Private Naku were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect distinct credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army."

Once Manuel and his family settled in the US, he became an American success story. After he retired from the Army in 10/30/67 after 23 years of service, he worked for the US Post Office as a mechanic in which he retired in 7/1/88. Throughout his work history, Manuel was a "jack of all trades" and did side jobs to help provide for his wife and family. He was such a great provider. During his many years of hard work, he settled his family in San Jose CA, lived in the same home for 35 years and helped provide significantly for his children and grandchildren.

During his long life, Manuel was a picture of hard work and generosity. He was extremely proud of his service in the US Army and his survival of the Bataan Death March. His family will always remember his service and sacrifice for his country and his family.