According to family stories, Juan Anderson Hernandez was a decorated soldier even before World War II. The undated obituary clipping my aunt sent me alludes to a connection to President Quezon and the Philippine Senate. My dad recalls, with much regret, that some of his military memorabilia were sold off by older relatives after his death. So our side of the family has very little information on him — only the tales from my Dad, my uncles and my aunts, exchanged over the dinner table. My earlier attempts to find Juan in written records have proven futile. Until today.
Owing to serendipitous googling, I found a book that mentions his name. Yet another search led me to the Heritage Library (now my favorite library!), where a copy of the book is in active circulation. Towards the end of the chapter covering the Colonial Senate (1916-1935), I found, to my utter joy, a brief biography of my great-grandfather:
Assisting the Senate as Sergeant at Arms was Juan Anderson Hernandez. He was born in Lipa, Batangas in 1885. He had a colorful career during the American period, serving as officer of the Philippine National Guard, a captain in the Reserve Corps of the US Army, and a brigadier general of the National Volunteers of the Philippines — an organization he helped organize before serving in the Senate.
Need I spell it out? Eureka!
Family History Research Notes
1. Agpalo, Remigio et al. “The Philippine Senate”. Manila: Dick Baldovino Enterprises, 1997. Page 62.