Scouts and Guerillas
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To the Philippine Scouts Poem by Henry LeeThe desperate fight is lost; the battle is done.
The brown lean ranks are scattered to the breeze
Their cherished weapons are rusting in the sun
Their moldering guidons hidden by the leaves.
No more the men who did not fear to die
Will plug the broken line while through the din
Their beaten comrades raise the welcome cry,
"Make way, make way, the Scouts are moving in!"
The jungle takes the long defended lines
The trenches erode; the wires rust away,
The lush dank grasses and the trailing vines
Soon hide the human remains of the fray.
The Battle ended and the story told
To open to the Scouts as they unfold
The tired little soldiers enter in.
The men who were besieged on every side
Who knew the dissolution of retreat
And still retained their fierce exultant pride
And still were soldiers--even in defeat,
Now meet the veterans of ten thousand years
Now find a welcome worthy of their trade
From men who fought with crossbows and with spears
With bullet and with arrow and with spear.
The grizzled veterans of Rome built upon
The Death-head horde of Attila the Hun
The Yellow Horror of the greatest Khan
The guardsmen of the First Napolean
All the men in every nameless fight
Since first Man strove against Man to prove his worth
Shall greet the tired Scouts as is their right
No finer soldiers ever walked the earth.
Paul Ruiz Blog, Phillipine Scouts Heritage Society Newsletter Editor. He wrote a concise and descriptive events about the 28th national reunion of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society (PSHS) last April 7-10 and the tour from April 11-15 at Fort Stotsenburg Clark, Pampanga, Philippines.
The Philippine Scouts organized in 1902 to help the US with troop shortages in the Philippines. The Filipinos were enlisted into the Philippine Scouts and they were part of the United States Army for a little more than forty years.
Philippine Scout Contributions
1. 1902-12: Pacification of the majority of the islands of the Philippine Archipelago.
2. 1913-15: Assisting in the overthrow of the Moro (Muslim) Datus in Southern Mindanao and the Jolo Archipelago.
3. 1917-19: Providing defense of the Philippine Islands when the United States entered World War I.
4. 1920-41: Preparing for the initial phase of a war against Japan.
5: 1940-45: Resistance against the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces:
a. Employing Convention Tactics. (Bataan & Corregidor)
b. Engaging in Guerilla actions (Throughout Archipalego).
a. Reconstituting old Philippine Scouts Organizations
b. Forming new Philippine Scouts Organizations
c. Training for performing Occupation duties in Japan and the Mandated Islands.
d. Limited execution of c above.
b. American Citizenship and incorporation into the Army of the United States (AUS).