JUNE 29, 1918
Tomas Mateo Claudio (May 7, 1892 - June 29, 1918), the first Filipino to die overseas in an international conflict was born in Morong, Rizal. The Philippine Assembly formed the Philippine National Guard to provide support to war-weary allied soldiers in World War I through the U.S. Expeditionary Force. Claudio enlisted in the U.S. Army’s 41st Infantry Division under Gen. John Pershing. Private Claudio took part in crucial battles in the Marne Offensive against the Germans. He was killed in action at the Battle of Château-Thierry, France on June 29, 1918.
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