Happy 80th Birthday!: Emilio Aoay Estoque

Saturday , June 09, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Reader Submitted

I, Emilio Aoay Estoque, was born in Agoo, La Union, Philippines, on June 8, 1938, to Francisco and Crispina Estoque. My dad and I boarded the General Edwin D. Patrick, a military boat to the United States in February of 1959.

My dad was U.S. Army retired, so my cost was only $20 for my meals. To supplement our fares we worked on the ship. We reached the United States in March 1959.

My dad and I lived together in the International Hotel in San Francisco, California, until I volunteered for the U.S. Air Force on May 26, 1961.

The Air Force flew me over to Lackland Air Base where I spent eight weeks in Basic Training. I was also given additional medical training because the Air Force had a plan for me.

My first permanent assignment was Mather AFB in Sacramento, California. After four years in the military, I received my U.S. citizenship on May 3, 1965. It was while I was in Sacramento, California, that I met my gorgeous Chinese wife, Sandra Louise Dong, we were married on June 26, 1965.

Two months after our marriage the Air Force informed me to pack my things and head to Clark AFB in the Philippines. My wife joined me and we would be stationed there for two years living in Balibago, Angeles City, Philippines. At Clark AFB I was able to apply my medical training to the casualties of the Vietnam War, where I saw what a war can inflict to human beings. I worked six days a week and 12 hours a day for two years. Two of our five children were born in the Philippines. Homestead AFB in Florida would be my last base I would serve at. I retired honorably on May 23, 1969.

My wife and I decided to reside in Utah, where some of our relatives lived. Sandra and I worked at Hill AFB. until retiring in 2003. Emilio for 38 years and Sandra 25 years. We are blessed with five beautiful children, 10 grandchildren and two and -a-half great-grandchildren.

My hobbies include RV-ing, golfing (a little) going to the movies, bowling, fishing, reading, gardening and playing the organ. We love to travel: Hawaii (three times), Bahamas (two times), Mexico, Caribbean (East and West) and China, for 21 days.

Presently, we are living comfortably in our new home HOA in the Crofster Cove Subdivision in Syracuse, Utah. We really love it and are enjoying our life fully now. With God's blessings and guidance we hope to live much longer.

For my 80th birthday surprise, our children with their spouses, will be sending us on a grand SURPRISE vacation!

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