About Heracleo J. Alano
Comm. Heracleo J. Alano, PN was born on 23 October in Laoay, Bohol. After graduation, Mike joined the Off-Shore Patrol (OSP) nucleus of the Navy and was the ExO of Q-111, lst Q-Boat Sqn when WW II started. He won a silver star for gallantry against enemy dive bombers near Corregidor on 17 January 1942. When Bataan fell his Q-Boat was sunk by the Japanese planes and a destroyer. He managed to swim ashore at Batangas where he made good his escape to Bohol and joined the Inginiero guerilla forces. Among his guerilla subordinates was one Carlos P. Garcia who later became Philippine President after Magsaysay died in a plane crash. Pres. Garcia appointed him to be FOIC, PN. He had this post during the Marcos regime. After the war, Mike rejoined the OSP and helped pioneer a new and bigger Navy. He was one of the last members of the class to get married in 1955 to Dolly, a lady from Dipolog. He assumed various positions of responsibility in the AFP that culminated in his being FOIC, PN. He died on 22 March 1983 after a second heart attack at age 68. A Naval coastal patrol boat and the Naval Base Cavite have been named in his honor.