Col. Dioscoro P. Alesna was a dedicated war soldier and an inspiring veteran who valiantly served the nation since he was a young man. Born on the 30th of September 1920 in the province of Carcar, Cebu, he completed his thirty (30) years of military service from September 1941 to November 1974 till his retirement as a Jail Superintendent of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in 1994.
Col. Dioscoro P. Alesna was inducted in the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) following the encounters and battle in the jungles of Mindanao. He later on joined the guerillas of the 86th Infantry Bohol Area Command under the “Bolo Battalion” on 13th of November 1944. Col. Alesna was only twenty-four years old at that time.
After the war, Col. Alesna joined the six-month Officers Candidate School training in Fort Riley, Kansas, USA after his remarkable stint of graduating at the top 10 of his advanced ROTC Course in 1950. Later on, he was enlisted as a 2nd lieutenant in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and volunteered and served two tours of duty as a member of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) during the Korean War in 1950-1953.
Back in the country, he joined the Philippine Constabulary where he was famously known for his distinct character as a tough, and vigorous man of honor. He was designated as Acting Chief of Police of Cebu City upon the request of then Mayor Sergio Osmeña Jr. During his term, he eradicated the city of swindlers, thieves and big-time gambling syndicates. Col. Alesna spent his remaining years of government service as a Jail Superintendent of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in 1976 till his retirement in 1994.
At the mighty age of ninety-years (90), he was able to write and published a book memoir titled, “This Soldier’s Life.” Col. Alesna is survived by his eight children and grandchildren. He joined our Creator on 14 May 2022 at the age of 101 years old.
Photos Courtesy of Dioscoro Jr. Alesna and Lordnerraw Parayansela (FB)