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January 25: Peter Eisner’s Presentation on the Philippines WWII Resistance Movement

Chick Parsons: A Profile in Courage during the Philippine WWII Resistance Movement


6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines

Bataan St. corner of 1600 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

You are cordially invited to a presentation by award-winning author and journalist Peter Eisner on the little-known story of Charles “Chick” Thomas Parsons, Jr. during WWII. Parsons’ extensive contacts, coordination with the Philippine underground, skillful disguises, and daring escapes were pivotal in the allies’ strategic advance to win back the Japanese-controlled Philippines. In the course of research for his book, MacArthur’s Spies, Eisner uncovered a trove of historical material that he will share about Parsons’ remarkable life, commitment to the Philippines, and clandestine missions, which proved vital to MacArthur’s famed return at Leyte in 1944.

Seating limited. To register, click on the link below.

Light refreshments will be served.


Charles "Chick" Thomas Parsons, Jr. Philippine Medal of Valor

Charles Thomas “Chick” Parsons, Jr. (April 22, 1902 – May 12, 1988) was a businessman, diplomat, and decorated World War II veteran. He was born April 22, 1902 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Parsons died in May 1988, survived by his four sons, Michael, Peter, Patrick and Jose.

For his distinguished military service, the United States awarded him a Distinguished Service Cross, two Navy Crosses, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. The Philippines bestowed him with the Medal of Valor, the highest military honor for bravery and self-sacrifice beyond the call of duty.

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