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HAU Class of ‘38 alumnus dies at 97

Mr. Atilano “Al” Benardo David, Holy Angel University alumnus from High School Class of 1938 passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA at the age of 97 last August 23, 2018. A native of Angeles, Philippines, Mr. David was considered the last living Filipino survivor of the Bataan Death March living in New Mexico.


In July 1941, Mr. David joined the United States Army of the Far East (USAFFE) one month later at age 19 when General MacArthur gave a talk in University of Santo Tomas about the inevitability of war in the Philippines.


Coming to the United States, Mr. David studied TV and Film at Columbia University. He was an advertising copywriter at Macy’s and Edward R. Murrow’s telecopy editor at CBS. In 1973, he became a US citizen. While living in Orlando, Florida he was asked to design a memorial based on his experience. He thought of a Filipino housewife offering ladles of water to suffering soldiers. His sketches became the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial at Lake Kissimmee, Florida, dedicated in 1994. David appeared in TV commercials and film before retiring to Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Photo and article courtesy of the Facebook accounts of Mr. Atilano David and Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico, Inc.


Date Posted: 08-30-2018