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Filipinos in the U.S. Navy: A Bibliography

Books Available in the Navy Department Library

Asian Pacific Americans in the United States Navy. Washington, D.C.: Naval History and Heritage Command, Diversity Directorate, Chief of Naval Personnel, 2011. NDL Call # VB324. A85 A84 2011

Bielakowski, Alexander M., ed. Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: an Encyclopedia. 2 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2013. NDL Call # UB 417. E84.  2013 v.1-2

Burdeos, Ray L. Filipinos in the U.S. Navy & Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. Bloomington: AuthorHouse, 2008. NDL Call # DS559. 8. F4 B87 2008.

Capozzola, Christopher J.N. Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century. New York: Basic Books, Hachette Book Group, 2020. NDL Call # E183. 8. P6 C36 2020

Del Rosario, Carina A., ed. A Different Battle: Stories of Asian Pacific American Veterans. Seattle: University of Washington Press/ Wing Luke Asian Museum, 1999. NDL Call # D811. A2. D54 1999

Filipino American National Historical Society, Hampton Roads Chapter. In Our Uncle’s Words: “We Fought For Freedom.” San Francisco: T’Boli Publishing and Distribution, 2006. NDL Call # D810. V42 F5 2006

Guglielmo, Thomas A. Divisions: a New History of Racism and Resistance in America’s World War II Military. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021. NDL Call # D810. B53 G84 2021

Mariano, Connie. White House Doctor: a Memoir. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin’s Press, 2010. NDL Call # E886. 2.  M366 2010

Panlilio, Yay. The Crucible, an Autobiography of “Colonel Yay.” New York: Macmillan, 1950.  NDL Call # D811. 5. P28

Rohall, David E., Morten G. Ender and Michael D. Matthews, ed. Inclusion in the American Military: a Force for Diversity. Lanham: Lexington Books 2017. NDL Call # UB417. I54 2017

Topics in the Navy Department Library’s Vertical File: Filipinos

  • Ratings Filipinos in the Navy could attain in 1901
  • Employment of Filipinos at Pearl Harbor-1929
  • Enlistment of Filipinos-World War II
  • Employment of Civilian Filipinos by the Navy-World War II
  • Filipinos in the Navy-1945
  • Integration of the Armed Forces 1940-1965
  • Filipinos in Navy's Insular Force in Philipines-1967
  • Ratings Filipino Nationals could attain in 1976
  • Filipino Officers and Enlisted Distribution by Rank and Pay Grade-1976
  • Statistics on Filipinos in the Navy-1985
  • Citizenship path for Filipino Sailors-1991
  • End of Philippine National Enlistment Program-1992
  • USS Jose Rizal
  • Trinidad Telesforo

Congressional Hearings on Filipino Veterans in the Navy Department Library

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Armed Services. Oversight and Investigations Committee. Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund: examining the Department of Defense and interagency process for verifying eligibility. 113th Congress, 2nd session, June 24, 2014. NDL Call #KF27. A7656 2014

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Filipino World War II Naturalization Act of 1989 [microform]: Report to Accompany H.R. 525. 101st Congress, 1st session, November 13, 1989. NDL Call #Y1. 1/8: 101-351

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Benefits for Filipino Veterans [microform]. 105th Congress, 2nd session, July 22, 1998. NDL Call #Y 4.V 64/3: 105-44

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Equity for Filipino Veterans [microform]. 110th Congress, 1st session, February 15, 2007.  NDL Call #Y 4.V 64/3:110-3

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Healthcare for Filipino World War II Veterans Within the Department of Veterans Affairs [microform]. 107th Congress, 2nd session, June 13, 2002. NDL Call #Y 4.V 64/3:107-33

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund: Inquiry Into the Adequacy of Process in Verifying Eligibility. 113th Congress, 2nd session, November 20, 2014. NDL Call #Y 4.V 64/3:113-93

U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services. Miscellaneous bills: S. 1640, a bill to amend the act of April 29, 1941, to authorize the waiving of the equipment of performance and payment bonds in connection with certain Coast Guard contracts; S. 1643, a bill to authorize the Post Office Department to designate enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard as postal clerks and assistant postal clerks, and for other purposes; S.1645, a bill to clarify the status of citizens of nationals of the Republic of the Philippines who are retired members of the uniformed services and who hold offices of profit or trust under the Republic of the Philippines, and for other purposes; S. 1646, a bill to amend section 301 Servicemen’s readjustment act of 1944, to further limit the jurisdiction of boards of review established under that section. 83rd Congress, 1st session, May 14, 1953. NDL Call #KF26. A7 1953d no.1

Materials on Stewards in the Navy Department Library

Steward was one of the first enlisted ratings open to Filipinos serving in the Navy. The following is a selection of the many rating-specific training materials dating from the 1940s-1970s, available in the library collection.

Bureau of Naval Personnel. Steward 1 & Chief. Washington, D.C.: US Government Printing Office, 1953. NDL Call #VC353. S782 1953

Bureau of Naval Personnel. Steward 2 & 3. Washington, D.C.: US Government Printing Office, 1952. (NAVPERS 10694). NDL Call #VC353. S783 1952

Bureau of Naval Personnel. Stewardsman. Washington, D.C.: US Government Printing Office, 1960. (NAVPERS 10693-A). NDL Call #VC353. S785 1960

Naval Training Publications Detachment for Naval Training Command. Steward 1 & C. Washington, D.C.: US Government Printing Office, 1972. (NAVPERS 10695-D). NDL Call # VC353. S782 1972

Standards and Curriculum Division, Training, Bureau of Naval Personnel. Steward’s Mate. Washington, D.C.: US Government Printing Office, 1946. (NAVPERS 10511). NDL Call #VC353. S7815 1946

Electronic Resources on Filipinos in the US Military-accessed October 7, 2022

Akers, Regina T. “Asian Americans in the U.S. Military With an Emphasis on the U.S. Navy.” Naval History and Heritage Command. Last modified April 2017.

Gaerlan, Cecilia. “Ship & Shipmate Before Self: The Story of Telesforo Trinidad, MOH 1915,” National Medal of Honor Museum. 

Magilat, Luisito G. “Study of the US Navy’s Philippines Enlistment Program, 1981-1991.” Masters diss., Naval Postgraduate School, 2000. 

Naval History and Heritage Command. “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. Navy.” 

---.“Filipinos in the United States Navy. Prepared by Bureau of Naval Personnel Oct. 1976.” 

---.“Trinidad Telesforo.” 

Public Broadcasting Service. “The Filipino Veterans Movement.” 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration, “Benefits for Filipino Veterans.” 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Minority Veterans, “WWII Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund.” March 25, 2022. 

Other Books on Filipinos in the Navy (Available at local libraries and bookstores)

Burdeos, Ray L. Pinoy Stewards in the U.S. Sea Services: Seizing Marginal Opportunity. Bloomington: AuthorHouse, 2010.

Dart, Melinda, editor. A Glimpse of Greatness: The Memoir of Irineo Esperancilla. Melinda Dart, 2022.

Oades, Riz A. Beyond the Mask: Untold Stories of the U.S. Navy Filipinos. KCS Publishing, 2005.

Paligutan, P. James. Lured by the American Dream: Filipino Servants in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, 1952-1970. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2022. (Forthcoming October 25, 2022.)


Published: Thu Oct 20 16:08:54 EDT 2022