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IMMIGRANT VOICES

Angel Island Profile: Eliseo Felipe

by Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Eliseo Felipe, a 100 year-old retired serviceman, shares his journey to the United States and his pride in becoming an American.

At the age of seven, Eliseo learned to work on the fields to support his family in the Philippines. He immigrated to the United States in 1933 where he met his brother and uncles who worked on the farms in Salinas, California.

Over the years Eliseo held many jobs across California, working as a farmer, bellman, and eventually a serviceman for the United States Army.

Currently, Eliseo is retired and tends to his garden at his house in Salinas, CA. He recently celebrated his 100th Birthday with his wife, four children, and grandchildren.

This film was Produced by Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

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AIISF received the sad news that former Angel Island detainee, Eliseo Felipe passed away on October 8, 2014 at the age of 102.

Place of Origin
Philippines

Place of Settlement
Salinas, California

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