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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Captain Juan Pajota

Captain Juan Pajota (died 1976) was involved in the Raid at Cabanatuan, an action which took place in the Philippines on 30 January 1945 by US Army Rangers and Filipino guerrillas and resulted in the liberation of more than 500 American prisoners of war (POWs) from a Japanese POW camp near Cabanatuan Nueva, Ecija.

A local from Nueva Ecija, he joined the USAFFE guerillas during the retreat from Bataan. Later he became leader of the guerillas.

After WWII, Pajota moved to the U.S. He died of a heart attack in 1976.

Captain Juan Pajota also appeared as a character for the 2005 John Dahl film, The Great Raid. He was played by Filipino actor Cesar Montano.