Edward Soriano

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About Edward Soriano

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Lieutenant General Edward Soriano (born in November 1946) was the highest-ranking Filipino American officer to have served in the United States military. He retired in March 2005. Born in Pangasinan to Ilocos Sur natives, he came to the United States in the early 1950s when his father, Major Fred Soriano, USA, was assigned to Ft. Benning, Georgia. His father was a Corporal in the 57th Infantry (PS) during World War II and, after the surrender of USAFFE to the Japanese, was subjected to the Bataan Death March; in the Korean War, the elder Soriano again became a prisoner of war ("POW"). During this time, young Edward and the rest of his family moved from Guam back to the Philippines. His father later retired as a Major. It was his father's service that inspired Edward Soriano to join the military after graduation from Salinas High School. Soriano was graduated from San Jose State University and later earned a Master's degree from the University of Missouri. He was commissioned through Army ROTC in 1970. His commands include Company A, 3d Battalion, 47th Infantry of the 3d Brigade of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division, 1973–1975; 2nd Battalion of the 41st Infantry, 2nd Armored Division at

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