April 17, 2006 U.S. Army Major General Antonio M. Taguba to Deliver Asian Pacific American Heritage Keynote Address on May 4
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Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, the highest ranking Filipino-American officer in the U.S. Army, will deliver the keynote address for the Library’s 2006 celebration of Asian American Pacific Heritage month.
Born in the Philippines, Taguba is only the second Filipino-American to attain the rank of U.S. Army general. His father was a soldier who survived the Bataan death march during World War II—in which American and Filipino prisoners of war were abused following the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.
At the age of 11, Taguba moved with his family to Hawaii, where he later graduated from high school. Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in history from Idaho State University in 1972, he was commissioned as an Armor officer, and served in the 1st Batallion, 72nd Armor, 2nd Infantry Division, 8th U.S. Army in Korea.
Taguba came to national attention in 2004 when he wrote the investigate report about abuses of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison at the hands of American soldiers.Capping an illustrious military career, during which he rose to the rank of major general, in 2006 Taguba was appointed deputy chief, Army Reserve/Deputy Commander, in the U.S. Army Reserve Command for Transition and Transformation.
During his career, Taguba has been awarded the Distinguished Service medal, Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with six Oak Leaf Clusters) and an Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters).