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TSGT Alfredo Ravelo “Fred” Agron

TSGT Alfredo Ravelo “Fred” Agron

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Death 25 Jun 2015
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Plot Section N, row 17, site 948
Memorial ID 148365108 · View Source
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Son of Silverio B. Agron and Celerina Ravelo Agron of Cagayan province, northern Luzon Island, Philippines.

His brothers and half-brothers included Angel Agron, Juan "Johnny" Agron, Ernie Agron, Federico Agron, and Luis Agron.

His name at birth was Nemesio Ravelo Agron.

On June 1, 1931, at age 20, he left the Philippines on the SS Empress of Asia, and arrived June 22 at Vancouver, Canada, enroute to Seattle, Washington.

On May 7, 1942, at San Francisco, California, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He trained at Camp Beale, near Yuba City in northern California.

When he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1943, he had his name legally changed to Alfredo, to honor his deceased older brother Alfredo.

During WWII, because of his intellect and skills, he was assigned to work in military intelligence in the Philippines.

After an eventual ouster of the Japanese military from his hometown, Claveria, Cagayan, in northern Luzon, Philippines, he was briefly assigned as the person in command, protecting the beach at Claveria from returning Japanese invaders. However, he spent most of WWII working in U.S. military intelligence.

Post-WWII brought him to work at the U.S. military bases located at Anchorage, Alaska. He was involved in the construction of many buildings at the military bases, and in the small town of Anchorage.

He returned to visit his hometown in the Philippines, where he met his life partner, Pacita "Pacing" Ann Pacis. At the time, she was a teenager, and he told her he would return someday to marry her. He returned to his hometown many years later, found her there working as a librarian and educator, and married her. He was 48.

Mr. and Mrs. Agron settled in a home he built himself, which was then located in the outskirts of Anchorage. They raised their three sons in Anchorage, and remained in the family home for the rest of their days together. They were married 57 years, and had a loving partnership.

In 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Agron, along with other Filipino American community members in Anchorage, formally created the Filipino Community of Anchorage, Alaska, Incorporated. Very shortly afterwards, they began a lifelong friendship with Thelma Buchholdt, a fellow Claveriano who had just moved with her family from upstate New York to downtown Anchorage in June 1965.

Over the next five decades, these Filipino Alaskan leaders saw extreme social and economic changes in Anchorage, and in Alaska, and they created positive change in their communities.

For the last decades of his long life, Mr. Agron was lauded as the oldest living WWII veteran in the State of Alaska. He was remarkably sharp-witted, with an amazing memory, even when he was in his 100s.

Loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and community leader... he was highly respected and deeply loved. He was a remarkable man.


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