Event: Neil P. Iovino, A Hero Not Forgotten



Neil P. Iovino’s daughters will relate his early life and what led their father to enlist in the U.S. Marines. The daughters will reveal how he became a prisoner of war for three years in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines culminating in his rescue by the 6th Army Rangers. Sharing Iovino’s experiences upon his heroes welcome to the United States, they will Reveal Iovino’s life after his prisoner-of-war experience and how it impacted his family.

In 1995, the Vocational Assistance Commission for Retired Servicemen, Republic of China awarded Iovino the Medal of Honor “In recognition of his outstanding contribution as a veteran of World War II, in upholding international justice, safeguarding freedom and peace, promoting veterans’s welfare and strengthening mutual relations and cooperation between our two countries.”

Back to Bataan (film) 1945
American screen icon and Oscar-winner John Wayne leads Philippino guerrillas to victory against the Japanese during WWII.

The Great Raid (film) 2005
n the epic tradition of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE GREAT RAID is an inspirational true story of the most triumphant rescue mission in U.S. military history! As World War II rages, the elite 6th Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.

Recorded live at the Highland Park Library on October 5, 2014.