Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Magdalena Leones.

Magdalena was a special agent operative for the Army in 1944.

For her bravery and service in the Philippines, Magdalena was the first Filipina to be awarded the Silver Star by the U.S. military.

Her Silver Star citation reads:

“For gallantry in action at Luzon, Philippine Islands, from 27 February to 26 September 1944. During the period cited, Corporal Leones repeatedly risked her life to carry important intelligence data, vital radio parts and medical supplies through heavily garrisoned enemy-held territory. Although she knew that detection by the enemy would result in torture and execution, Corporal Leones fearlessly continued her perilous missions between guerrilla forces throughout Luzon with notable success. Through her intrepidity and skill as a special agent, Corporal Leones contributed materially to the early liberation of the Philippines.”

She recently passed away at the age of 95.

We honor her service.


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