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[box type=”default” size=”large”] Taken as a booty during the Philippine-American war [/box]

The bell of the Church of St. Peter and Paul in the town of Bauang, La Union, Philippines which was taken by U.S. Army troops in 1899 as a booty during the Philippine-American War and brought for storage in the Catholic church at West Point since 1937 will be returned to the La Union town by order of the superintendent of West Point, Lieutenant General Robert (Bobby) Caslen.

The handover ceremony at West Point Military Academy will be held in the next few weeks.

This was announced to Santiago (Sonny) Busa, former American consul general to the Philippines. Sonny was the keynote speaker at a recent West Point Cadet/Parent banquet of the Class of 2019 with more than 3,500 cadets and families in attendance. His announcement drew a standing ovation.

Sonny was a classmate of Superintendent Caslen when he was at West Point.

The decision to return the bell came as a result of the effort of many other people who looked into the issue and convinced  the superintendent to do the right thing – which is to return it.

It was a great time to make the announcement with Filipino-American dignitary Sonny Busa as their guest in West Point Military Academy, and LTG Caslen was glad to do it.


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