Duty to Country: Filipino & American Veterans of WWII

Duty to Country shares the untold story of two nations—the United States and the Philippines—fighting under one flag. It is a story imperialism, wartime heroism and the ongoing struggle for civil rights in America.

This project showcases 10+ hours of oral history testimony and the online exhibition Under One Flag: America’s Broken Promise to the Philippines. The exhibition brings this history to life with dynamic animations, illustrations, and film clips. Hundreds of archival photographs, documents and historic profiles complement a narrative written by Dr Christopher Capozzola, Professor of History, MIT, and author of Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century (July, 2020).

Beyond detailing the colonial and WWII eras, Duty to Country recounts the great injustice of the Recission Act of 1946, and Filipino Americans’ decades-long struggle for recognition and benefits wrongfully denied Filipino Veterans after the war. It documents a history that has been distorted or excluded from textbooks, museums, and public history. Recording oral histories of living World War II veterans is urgent work in these final years of their lives. But Duty to Country also documents the voices of their families, advocates, and scholars, to create a deeper context illuminating decades of efforts to win legislative equity for Filipino military service.

For a video walkthrough of the Under One Flag exhibition, please visit: https://vimeo.com/525567391/93d5e4e451