CPT (Ret.) Eulalio "Ely" Arzaga Sr.

January 10, 1917December 12, 2012

CPT (Ret.) Eulalio Arzaga

I'M FREE Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free I'm following the path God has chosen for me. I took His hand when I heard him call; I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way; I've now found peace at the end of day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; Oh yes, these things, I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow Look for the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much; Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seems all too brief; Don't lengthen your pain with undue grief. Lift up your heart and peace to thee, God wanted me now-He set me free.

Eulalio “Ely” Arzaga, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Eulalio was born on January 10, 1917 in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

Eulalio was raised in Ilocos Norte and educated at the Ilocos Norte Trade School. While living in Manila, he attended the Philippine School of Arts and Trade, earning an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating College, Eulalio joined the Philippine Scouts of the US Army and was assigned to HQ and Service Troop, 26 CAV Regiment, Ft. Stotsenburg, Pampanga, PI. During his Military career, Arzaga served in both WW II – surviving the Bataan Death March - and the Korean War. After WW II, he was assigned to the 1st AD, the 4th AD, the 2nd AD and ASCOM Depot, Supply HQs in Taegu, Korea.

CPT (Ret.) Eulalio Arzaga’s Military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Services Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), the Good Conduct Medal w/5 Silver Clasps, the President Unit Emblem, the American Defense Service Medal , the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the National Defense Medal, the WW II Medal, the WW II Occupation Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Philippines Defense Medal, the Philippines Liberation Medal, the Philippine Independence Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, and the United Nations Service Medal.

He was a founding member of the EX-POW Centex Chapter #1 and of the Fil-American Association of Central Texas. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #1532 and #4724, DAV #147, VFW #3892, American Legion Post #223, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Philippine Heritage Society, The Bob Gilmore Center, American Red Cross, Assn. of United States Army, EX-POW National HQ-Arlington and EX-POW State of Texas.

He was a faithful, life-time member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Lorenzo Arzaga and Severa Cabel Arzaga, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, his son USAF Cpt. Eulalio Arzaga Jr., his daughter Evelyn Sergent and his first wife of 58 years, Constancia Leonardo Arzaga.

Eulalio is survived by his wife of 12 years, Anna Valdez Arzaga of Killeen TX, six daughters ; Tessie Crosby of Corpus Christi TX, Victoria Chapman of Rancho Cucamonga CA, Dorothy Saccullo of Port Charlotte FL, Constance Lilly Kittredge of Killeen TX, Shirley Riddle of Killeen TX and Carol Milloy of Sierra Vista AZ, and by 20 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. He will also be missed by 5 Step-children, 8 Step-grandchildren and 1 Step-great-grandson.

The Arzaga family will receive guests for a time of visitation on Monday, December 17, 2012 from 6 -8 PM in the chapel of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 PM. Mass of a Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 beginning at 12:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Fr. Vincent Romuald, SRC as celebrant. Burial with full military honors and the K of C Assembly #1532 as honor guard will follow the Mass in Killeen Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service at the Temple Veterans Administration or to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

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  • Visitation Monday, December 17, 2012
  • Rosary Monday, December 17, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CPT (Ret.) Eulalio "Ely" Arzaga Sr.

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James Wells

January 1, 2013

Mr Arzaga (I could never bring myself to call him by his first name)was a very kind man who had a zest for living and seemed to have no malice toward anyone. Although its been a good while since I've seen him, I remember in detail the stories of the war and his life. It was a great privilege to hear these as they were seldom told. There are many good memories. Our condolences to his kind and generous family.

Jose Calugas, Jr.

December 30, 2012

I first met Capt. Arzaga April 7-10, 2012 during the 28th National reunion of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society at Fort. Stotsenburg , Clark in the Philippines. It was a pleasure to talking to him of his ordeal in Bataan.

I met his wife and daughter Lily who accompamied him at the reunion. He was always the first to get up for breakfast and ready to go on the tour.

The memorable event that followed on the tour to Capas Tarlac on our way back from Cabanatuan prison Camp. He was crying at the memorial wall where the names of the prisoners who died in the prison camps was engraved. He found his brothers name there for the first time.

My father was a also a Philippine Scouts with the 88th FA PS . Capt. Jose Calugas,Sr Medal of Honor recipient and I am sure they knew each other during and after the war.

My sympathy and prayers for the family of Capt. Arzaga. God bless!
Jose "Joe" Calugas, Jr.
President PSHS

Andrea Holi

December 28, 2012

Love u has been a honor to be your grandaughter

Jill Hunter

December 18, 2012

I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. I know he meant a lot to you. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family loss. May his memory be eternal.

December 18, 2012

We will all miss Daddy, he touched so many lives. Daddy was truly an amazing person who conquered a mountain in life and reached the top. So full of knowledge, a terrific person husband and a fantastic father. Just to have known him was an honor.

My love and support will always be here for you. I will keep everyone in my prayers.

Love your sister of the heart, Chrissy

Anthony Rama Maravillas

December 18, 2012

My father, SSGT. Ricardo Maravillas (US Army, Ret. and a Phil. Scout in the Bataan campaign) had the honor and pleasure of sitting next to Capt. Arzaga, a fellow Philippine Scout, at the Phil. Scouts Heritage Society reunion, May 2008, Burlingame, CA. I also had the opportunity to chat briefly with the captain at that same event. Capt. Arzaga was a gentleman, a real soldier, and a hard-and-true Philippine Scout! - Dr. Anthony Rama Maravillas, Fairfield, CA

December 18, 2012

It was a pleasure and honor to speak with him and meet his family at the Philippine Scouts Heritages Society Reunions here in California.
Thank you for your service and your company amongst us.
Our condolences on behalf of the members of the Los Angeles Nininger Chapter. Frank Lopez, Secretary.

Emily Morris

December 17, 2012

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss of Capt. Arzaga. I feel so blessed to have met him and will always remember his warm smile and kind heart. He will be greatly missed, but he is home now within the arms of Jesus.
May God give your entire family peace and comfort.

Margaret Fowler

December 17, 2012

Shirley, my heart reaches out to you and your family. I'm praying for comfort and peace from our Heavenly Father to embrace all of you.

Lino & Maria Gonzales

December 17, 2012

So many great memories of your parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.