Joe Dado

[20 JAN 1932 - M1 - 20322]

Joe's Poems



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Joe Dado et al singing the Alma Matter
[Manila FDD - MAR 2014]



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Joe Dado greeting Phil. Pres. Fidel V. Ramos '50
[Manila FDD - MAR 2014]



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Joe Dado (standing - left) - Puring (seated in his front) - President
Ramos '50 (seated on the floor - right) [Manila FDD - MAR 2014]



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Donne Olvey - Dorothy Crancer - Nancy Joseph - Rich
and Inez Cardillo - Joe Dado [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Standing: Joe Dado and daughter - Dick and Sandy Wargowsky - Dan and Donna Ludwig - Sitting: TedandStarla Vitori - Bill and Laura Haas [M-1: 55th Reunion]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair - Lani Dado (Joe's
daughter) [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dado and daughter - Howie Stone's - Natalie Wilcox -
Minich - Hasbrouck's [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bill and Joan McCulla - Jack Strom - Jim and Alverta Fiscus - Jim Ryan - Dick and Diann Gottron - Joe Dado [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Joe Dado - Don and Marcia Giza
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Joe Dado and Ed Peterson (son-in-law)
[50th Reunion]



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Lynn - Dado - Bazilwich - Wray
[45th Reunion - SEP 2000]



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Purita and Joe Dado
[c1994]



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Dado's - granddaughter and son Joey
[c1994]



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Purita and Joe Dado
[c1993]



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Pres. Ramos and Dado's
[c1992]



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Dado's - Phillips' - Cassells' -
Viney's [1992]



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Herbert '50 - Dado - Strati
[1991]



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Pres. Ramos and Joe Dado [Swearing-in
Ceremony as GM of Phil. Natl. RR - c1992]



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Joe Dado receiving Award
[1988]



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Jane and Ken Ikeda - Frank Robertson -
Joe Dado - Bob Soper [JUN 1955]



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M-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Robertson - Moses - Bill Edwards - McKinney (CO) - Wargowsky - McGrevey - Denman - 2nd Row: Secord - Vitori - Haas - Tom Turner - Bob Brown - 3rd Row: Pruitt - Crandall - McJoynt - Dado - 4th Row: Hornbarger - Ikeda - Ludwig - Paul Martin - Soper



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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How I got my appointment to West Point

I never aspired to go to West Point. All I wanted was to be a PMA cadet, which I became with PMA Class 1954. Towards the end of our first semester, the top five plebes in the order of merit (excluding turnbacks) were designated by the PMA Supt., Col.Tirso G. Fajardo USMA '34,to compete for the Filipino Cadet slot at the USMA, which was open to all qualified Filipinos.The next five was to compete for a similar scholarship to the USNA. It was later announced that since no Filipino was graduating from Annapolis in 1951, no Filipino will be sent to join USNA '55.Col. Fajardo decided that all 10 of us will take the exams for the West Point scholarship to be given by the Philippine Civil Service.

The top 12 applicants in the C.S. exams were allowed to take the USMA tests at Clark AFP just before our recognition day. Among them were 4 PMA plebes and 8 civilians. The proctor was USAF 1LT James Allen '48, who later became a USMA Tac and the USAFA Supt. Of the 4 plebes, one was No. 3 in our class end of plebe year who later graduated as No. 1 in PMA '54. (The top 2 were turnbacks.) Two others were Nos. 5 and 7 or 8. I was the fourth. My class standing was No.15. But I miraculously topped the Clark AFP exams and was selected for the USMA scholarship.

It was God's will, good luck and Col. Fajardo's wisdom which enabled me to go to West Point.

Joe Dado
28 July 2010



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What Have Your Kids Done?

Luis (Butch) is a lawyer and works for a construction company operating in Manila and the Middle East. He went to the University of the Philippines (UP).

Jose Jr. (Joey) got an A.B. from UP Los Banos (where Americans were interned during the Japanese occupation) and an M.A. from UP Baguio (where PMA is located) in community development. He works for the government economic development agency in Baguio City.

Raul is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.He had a career change and became a lawyer (both from UP). He is a foreign service officer assigned as our consul in Macau.

Lani is a psychologist with an A.B. Psychology from U.P. and an M.A. in Art Therapy from N.Y.U. She resides with a daughter in Harrisburg PA.

Aura Lee is an M.D, from the UP and U. of the East (Manila). She resides with her family and work in Singapore.

Sean went to UPLB and finished the four-year ROTC course. He decided to get married early and declined a chance for a regular commission with probable deployment to Mindanao. He is in the inactive reserves and manages our family properties.

Like our other classmates, Puring and I are proud of our kids. Best wishes to all.

Joe Dado
18 September 2010


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Jose B. Dado

Class of 1955

Jose B. Dado (Joe) was born on 20 January 1932 in Manila, Philippines. His parents were Luis Dado, a lawyer, and Trinidad Butial, a nurse. He had no siblings.

After graduating from the Arellano High School, Manila, in 1948, he took up a two-year preparatory law course at the Legazpi Jr. Colleges (now Aquinas University), Legazpi City. In 1950, he entered the Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City, with the Class of 1954. After plebe year and yearling summer in PMA, he was sent, to the USMA to join the Class of 1955.

Joe enjoyed his four years at West Point, the education which served him well throughout life, and the camaraderie of his American and sole foreign (Oscar Raynal of Mexico) classmates, particularly his roommate of two years, Albert D. (Durf) McJoynt.

After graduating in 1955, he was assigned, during the Huk (Communist Rebel) Campaign, to the 4th Bn. Combat Team. After the campaign ended, he taught military history in PMA for three years (1956-9). There he met Purita M. Hora of Baguio City. They fell in love and were married at the Baguio Cathedral on 1 December 1957. They had four sons and two daughters: Luis, Jose Jr, Raul, Lani, Aura Lee and Sean, thirteen granddaughters and a grandson who died in a drowning accident when he was seven. While in PMA, Joe started his law studies proper by going to night classes.

In 1959, Joe rejoined the 4th BCT, then one of the five BCTs comprising the 1st Inf, Div., PA. After recovering from a training accident, he was assigned to another teaching job in a military intelligence school in Manila (1960-3). He finished his law studies by again going to night classes. In 1964, he decided to retire early on a disability and accepted the position of superintendent of the Baguio Military Institute, a boarding school for elementary and high school boys (1964-7). After getting his law license in 1969, he practiced law until 1980.

He embarked on his final career as a business manager, in the area of Human Resources Management. working for Dole Phil. Inc. in Mindanao (1980-90) and Lepanto Mines, a gold and copper producer in Mankayan, Benguet, north of Baguio (1990-2). While in Dole, he attended the eight-week Management Development Program at the Asian Institute of Management.

In September 1992, the newly elected Philippine president, Fidel V. Ramos USMA '50, drafted Joe to be the Gen. Mgr of the Phil. National Railways. While with PNR, Joe took up the four-week Senior Managers in Govt. Program at the JFK School of Govt., Harvard University. Puring stayed with him in Cambridge. He served as GM, PNR for five years, finally retiring from employment in September 1997 at age 65 yrs, 8 mos.

Joe and Puring retired in Balili, Mankayan, Benguet, near Lepanto Mines. They spent their retirement years travelling, visiting their children in Baguio, Manila and abroad, and getting their house ready for visits from their children and their families. Joe died on _________ in ___________ at age ___ survived by Puring and their progeny. Joe's thoughts in his final years were always of God, his family, PMA, West Point and her ideals of Duty, Honor and Country.

Written and edited by his classmate from notes left by Joe (24 April 2011).


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