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Jesus A. Villamor

Date of birth: November 8, 1914
Home of record: Manila Philippine Islands

Villamor was one of seven children. He studied commerce at De La Salle College (now DLSU-Manila) in Manila, hoping to pursue a business career. He joined the Philippine Army Air Corps (PAAC) Flying School in 1936 and was sent to the United States for training, and after three years, began flying B-17's as part of the US Air Force's Strategic Bombing Squadron. Upon his return to the Philippines, Villamor was assigned to lead the 6th Pursuit Squadron (now 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron) shortly before the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in December 1941. He was credited with destroying one enemy airplane in aerial combat early in the war. When his overwhelmed unit was finally destroyed, Villamor continued his war against the Japanese as an intelligence officer. On December 27, 1942 Villamor slipped past the Japanese Navy aboard the submarine "Gudgeon." Establishing a chain of direct communication from the Philippines with General Douglas MacArthur in Australia, he coordinated the activities of various guerilla movements in Luzon, Mindanao and the Visayas.

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Jesus A. Villamor (ASN: 0-888072), Philippine Army Air Corps, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-26 Fighter Airplane in the 6th Pursuit Squadron, Philippine Army Air Corps, attached to the FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces on 10 December 1941, during an air mission over Air Batangas, Philippine Islands. Captain Villamor's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Philippine Army Air Corps, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1941)

Action Date: December 10, 1941

Service: Foreign

Battalion: 6th Pursuit Squadron

Division: Philippine Army Air Corps

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Air Corps) Jesus A. Villamor (ASN: 0-888072), Foreign, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-26 Fighter Airplane in the 6th Pursuit Squadron, Philippine Army Air Corps, attached to the FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 12 December 1941. On that date, Captain Villamor led six pursuit planes against 54 Japanese bombers. By his heroic action against an enemy with enormous odds, pat of the attacking planes were driven off, one of the enemy planes being destroyed by fire from Captain Villamor's plane. Captain Villamor's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Philippine Army Air Corps, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1941)

Action Date: December 12, 1941

Service: Foreign

Battalion: 6th Pursuit Squadron

Division: Philippine Army Air Corps