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Seven medals at only 29: Lt. Signabon, most decorated soldier of the ‘fightingest’ battalion

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Twenty-nine year old Rapp Signabon is built like a runner.

Tall, wiry, with a narrow frame and a swarthy complexion, the commanding officer of the Charlie Company of the 94th Infantry Battalion could not be taken for a soldier with their stereotypically wide shoulders, and broad chest.

But looks could be deceiving.

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Because Signabon is the recipient of not just one nor two but SEVEN, yes, SEVEN Military Merit Medal Spearhead Device.

The latest of this — the 7th Military Merit Medal — was conferred during the recognition rites of the 94th IB as it celebrates its 5th Founding Anniversary at barangay (village) Tambo in Ayungon, Negros Oriental.

Executive Officer of the Charlie Company of the 94th Infantry Battalion Rapp Signabon. | DNX file photo.
Executive Officer of the Charlie Company of the 94th Infantry Battalion Rapp Signabon. | DNX file photo.

Not bad for somebody who had been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant for a little less than a year.

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“I’ve been in service for five years,” he tells DNX. He was, he says, batch 2018 of the Philippine Military Academy.

He was 19 when he entered military training, and 23 when he finished it.

Now married and proud father to a baby boy, Signabon says he has always had an appreciation for what the military has done, something that he had hoped to emulate thus the reason for joining the Army.

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Signabon is also gracious enough to credit the success of the operations on other officers.

“It’s not just me,” he says, smiling, “it’s everybody’s efforts and I’m sure there are other officers who are as deserving of the citation.”

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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