Since the turn of the 20th Century, the US had one of it largest Air Force Bases (Clark) and Navy Bases (Subic Bay), in the Philippines. These bases were well-positioned with regard to the vital Southeast Asia, and the US has always had an excellent relationship with the Filipino People. In 1991, however, nearby Mt. Pinatubo erupted and the Base had to be evacuated as it became engulfed in volcanic ash. Eventually, Clark and Subic Bay were both closed and the land was turned over to the Philippines.
The strategic location of both Clark and Subic Bay were invaluable for many years, especially during the two World Wars, Korea and the Vietnam War. Given the renewed Emphasis of the US in patrolling the waters of the Pacific Rim, as well as the intimidation that a Rising China is showing toward its Southeast Asian Neighbors, the loss of those bases is sorely felt at this time
There have been reports in the media about the sorry condition of the US Military Cemetery at Clark. Jim Gomez, Associated Press, wrote the linked article, Vets Seek Repair of Abandoned Philippine Cemetery, http://www.kansascity.com/2012/07/04/3689989/vets-seek-repair-of-abandoned.html. Keep in mid that, after their Military Service, many US Servicemen retired to the Philippines to enjoy the slower pace–and beautiful women. I had to say that: my wife is a Filipina. GLADLY, HOWEVER!
I am not much of a flag-waver; but, I do ask you to Email or call your Senators and Congressperson and ask them to support the proper maintenance of the Cemetery and the honor that every veteran should be entitled to. Contact information can be found on: www.us.gov.