Filipino soldiers Taegeuk Medal
The late Capt. Conrado D. Yap and Retired Maj. Maximo Young were both members of the famed 10th Battalion Combat Team (BCT) of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK). Credits to Walter Young and Central Luzon Politics

Two Filipino soldiers received the coveted “Taegeuk Medal” (Medal for Valor), South Korea’s highest military decoration given to a soldier for bravery in combat during the Korean War.

The recipients were retired Maj. Maximo Young and the late Capt. Conrado D. Yap, both members of the famed 10th Battalion Combat Team (BCT) of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK).

The Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (KMPVA) cited the heroism of Young, Yap and their men, as they stood their ground against all odds when they fought a numerically superior force of Chinese soldiers in the fierce battle at Yultong that lasted for two days on April 22-23, 1951.

Only 15 allied troopers have been awarded the coveted “Taegeuk Medal” during the three-year war that broke out on June 25, 1950.

The United States topped the list with eight “Taegeuk Medals”. The Philippines is second with two, and one each for Belgium, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

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