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Mariano Alforo Berona

May 20, 1918 - October 8, 2016

Obituary


Mariano Alforo Berona, age 98, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Seattle. This avid fisherman and prisoner of war was a participant in the Bataan Death March and veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

Mariano was born on May 20, 1918 in Santa, Ilocos Sur, Philippines to parents Petrona and Sabero Berona. On February 14, 1941 he volunteered and was inducted into the Philippine Scouts at Fort William McKinley in Makati, Rizal. While a prisoner of war during the Bataan Death March, He...

Mariano Alforo Berona, age 98, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Seattle. This avid fisherman and prisoner of war was a participant in the Bataan Death March and veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

Mariano was born on May 20, 1918 in Santa, Ilocos Sur, Philippines to parents Petrona and Sabero Berona. On February 14, 1941 he volunteered and was inducted into the Philippine Scouts at Fort William McKinley in Makati, Rizal. While a prisoner of war during the Bataan Death March, He retired from the United States Army as a Sergeant First Class in 1963 after 22 years of service with the following decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, American Defense Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Defense Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired from Boeing as a machinist in 1980 and is a 40+ year member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He was a life member and Commander of the Bataan-Corregidor Survivors Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6599 Vice Commander, Commander and Quartermaster.

Mariano is survived by wife of 25 years, Lina, and their daughter Monique; his 5 children John, Norma, Rey, Mariano Jr and Melchor; his 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Rose and their daughter, Delia, who died in infancy.

A viewing will take place at Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 4-8pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:00am at Acacia as well and will be officiated by Deacon Roy Harrington of St. Benedicts.

Arrangements under the direction of Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Seattle, Washington.