Pedro Autor

Pedro Autor on the fantail of USS LaVallette (DD448) Leyte Gulf, Samar, Philippine Islands, November 30, 1944

The land off Leyte Gulf had just been taken. As we stood by offshore, two young brothers in a canoe approached the LaVallette, asking for medical help. Permission was granted. While the injured boy was treated, his younger brother posed for this drawing on the fantail. This was our first contact with the liberated Filipinos of WWII. Knowing it was an historic moment, I asked Pedro to sign his name and address on the portrait. I often wonder how their lives played out.

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2 Responses to Pedro Autor

  1. Julie Janson says:

    This is a personal favorite. Perhaps with the help of the miraculous internet, Pedro Autor,and or his family, will someday connect with you.

  2. Tim De los Reyes says:

    Your drawings are an amazing glimpse into the world of the Pacific during WWII. As a Filipino who was not alive during these times, but an avid student of the period, I personally appreciate you sharing your art with everyone. I can see how you lovingly you felt about my people from the way you depict them. I will spread word of your work among my countrymen. 🙂 Thank you again, sir!

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