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Salvador Sarmiento | Navy Recruit - Navy

4:01   |   As a young man in the post war Philippines, Salvador Sarmiento wanted desperately to join the US Navy so he could send money home to his family. He had just about given up when a chance encounter got him past the crowd and into the system. His first stop? The spud locker.

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  • Salvador Sarmiento  |  WWII  |  Philippine Civilian  |  5:35

    Salvador Sarmiento fled with his family to the mountains when Japanese forces defeated the Americans and occupied the country. They managed to get by without much trouble until the tide of the war turned and survivors of a sunken Japanese ship showed up.

  • Salvador Sarmiento  |  WWII  |  Philippine Civilian  |  2:36

    He was only a boy when he convinced two other boys to sneak into the Japanese airfield and steal two bombs. It was the Philippine occupation and Salvador Sarmiento briefly became number one on their wanted list. He needed the bombs, not for sabotage or resistance, but for something personal.

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