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Photo #: NH 47859 (extended caption)
USS Bataan (CVL-29)
Officer of the Deck, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Howard W. Milke,
USNR, welcomes entertainer Pascacio Alinangohan as he boards
the ship in 1945. Mr. Alinangohan, a former guerrilla Captain
whose stage name is "Professor Paz", led a troupe of
dancers, singers and guitarists in a show for the carrier's crew.
The plaque behind them features a quotation from the speech given
by Philippine President Manuel Quezon at USS Bataan's
launching ceremonies on 1 August 1943.
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Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the
Naval Historical Center.
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Original caption accompanying this photograph reads:
"Fooling the Japs as a Captain in the Philippine guerrillas,
to fooling a hangar deck audience of officers and men of aircraft
carrier USS Bataan with magic tricks is story of 'Professor
Paz'. Mr. Pascacio Alinangohan, as Professor is known in islands,
has been entertaining Armed Forces of the United States ever
since they arrived in the Philippines. His performance on USS
Bataan, however, was especially significant in that this
carrier was named after famous World War II battle and President
Sergio Osmeña represented Philippine Commonwealth at ship's
commissioning on November 17, 1943. For two years in Philippine
hills, Mr. Alinangohan and his comrades waged war, guerrilla
war, against Japs. When the Americans finally arrived, he filtered
through Japanese lines and began entertaining fighting men. He
and his troupe of dancers, singers and guitarists are now sponsored
by Army Special Services."
Another original caption accompanying this photograph reads:
"The Officer of the Deck of the aircraft carrier USS
BATAAN welcomes to the quarterdeck Mr. Pascacio Alinangohan,
former Philippine Guerrilla Captain. After keeping the Japs guessing
for two years in the Philippine hills, Mr. Alinangohan had no
trouble in fooling his audience with feats of magic."
"In the center of the picture is a bronze plaque bearing
the seal of the Philippine Commonwealth and a quotation from
the speech which the late President Manuel Quezon delivered at
the launching of the USS BATAAN:
'...The valor of the American and Filipino fighting men who battled
through the long months on Bataan will serve as an inspiration
to the men of this fine new ship. To the people of the Philippines,
who live only for the day of victory and liberation, the Bataan
will be a symbol of the inevitable defeat of Japan. Our fighting
comradeship was sealed in the foxholes of Bataan and hallowed
forever in the shallow graves of that bloodstained bit of land
"Lieutenant (j.g.) Howard W. Milke, USNR, is the officer
shaking hands with Mr. Alinangohan. ... A graduate of Johns Hopkins
University, Lieutenant (j.g.) Milke is the carrier's Radar Materiel
Officer and a veteran of 19 months of sea duty. His brother,
Second Lieutenant Albert Milke, Jr., is with the Infantry and
was wounded in a recent Pacific Action."
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22 August 2000