Photo: Eskrimadors in the Korean War

Eskrimadors in the Korean War

Philippine Army soldiers in South Korea display their bladed weapons (the Bolo) which they used in silently killing Chinese and North Korean sentries or during hand to hand fighting. The Filipino soldiers earned a well-deserved reputation in the Korean War as brutally efficient in killing the enemy soldiers with their bolos. kali arnis eskrima escrima philippines




The Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK): 1950-1955

THE KOREAN WAR, which began 63 years ago on 25 June 1950, remains a“Forgotten War” for most of today’s 100 million Filipinos. Hardly surprising in a country where three out of four persons is 35 years old or younger.

But for the 7,420 officers and men of the Philippine Army that served in Korea from 1950 to 1955, and for those who actively supported our fighting men, the Korean War was probably the defining event of their lives.

From 1950 to 1955, five Battalion Combat Teams (BCTs) of the Philippine Army served in Korea as the elite PHILIPPINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO KOREA orPEFTOK.

PEFTOK’s mission was to defend the Republic of Korea against communist conquest.

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More about the Korean War at Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State

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