Justino P. Samson

justino samson
Justino P. Samson, M.D., age 91, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 1, 2008, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Elizabeth, devoted father of seven, cherished grandfather of 13, & adored great-grandfather of three. Viewing will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna, Virginia on Thursday, March 6, 2008 from 2-4 pm & 6-9 pm. The funeral service will be Friday, March 7 at 10:30am. Burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Justino P. Samson, 91, a retired physician withe the Veterans Administration, passed away on March 1, 2008 of respiratory failure, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

Justino was born in Tarlac, Tarlac Philippines & graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1941. He joined the Commonwealth Army of the Philippines as a Medical Officer in May 1941 & was inducted into USAFFE in December 1941. He became commanding officer of the 101st Medical Company 101st Medical Battalion, 101st Infantry Division.

While he was in Mindnao in May 1942, he became a Malaybalay Prisoner of War of the Japanese, & was transferred to POW Camp O'Donell in Capas, Tarlac until his release in January 1943.

He joined a USAFFE Guerilla Unit in October 1944 & became the Squadron Surgeon, 403rd Squadron, until the liberation of the Philippines in 1945. Justino returned to USAFFE in March 1945 until he was honorably discharged on April 3, 1946.

He continued his military service in the Philippine Army & was assigned to V. Luna Medical Center AFP. He became Chief Of Surgery, Chief of Thoracic Surgery & finally Commander of V. Luna Medical Center until retirement from the Philippine Army in October 1971.

Military medals, while in the service of USAFFE & Philippine Army include: American Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star (USA), Asiatic-Pacific War Theater Campaign Medal (USA), World War II Victory Medal (USA), Distinguished Unit Badge (USA), Philippine Defense Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation Medal, Philippine Independence Ribbon, Anti-Dissident Campaign Ribbon, Military Merit Medal, Distinguished Service Star AFP as Commanding Officer V. Luna Medical Center, AFP, Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge, & POW Medal.

Justino migrated to the United States & worked at the Eastern State Hospital, Williamsburg, Virginia for two years. He transferred as a Medical Staff Officer at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Hampton, Virginia. He retired from the Civil Service USA on Novemeber 20, 1992 & moved to Vienna, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; seven children, Antonio Samson, Eduardo Samson, Alberto Samson, Mary Elizabeth Acierto, Katherine Jean Smith, Justin Samson, & Roberto Samson; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters; & a loving extended family.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. Betty and family members, I send you my deepest sympathy and prayers. I know what a close family you all are, and Justino will be greatly missed. You have your memories, so just let those be a comfort to you, as well as the knowledge that he is safe in his heaveny home. For the 16 years that Jenelle has been a part of your family, all of you have been most gracious to our family. Adolf always enjoyed talking with Justino, and I think it was mutual. May the Lord bless you and keep you in His loving care. Love, Jennie

  2. Dear Pareng Butch, All our thoughts are with you and the whole Samson family, especially Mommy Elizabeth, at the loss of your father (our Daddy). We had the privilege of knowing Daddy and he was kind and generous man who will not soon be forgotten by those who knew and admired him. Mellie, Tim, Chrissy, Leah and I are sending our deepest sympathy to you and our warm personal regards to your family. Please let me know if there is anything at all we can do. With love and prayers, Vads, Mellie, Tim, Chrissy & Leah

  3. Albert (and family), I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. God bless you all.

  4. Dear Samson Family, I work with Albert Samson at the Office of Thrift Supervision in Washington, D.C. I am sorry for your loss, and I share your belief that your beloved is with the Lord. May God comfort you and bless your family abundantly with his mercy and grace. Sincerely, Daniel Page

  5. God of all comfort, reach down to those who are brought low with sorrow and grief. Let Jesus’ victory over sin and death comfort them in the knowledge that those who die in the Lord are with Him in heaven. Heal lonely and broken hearts, and be their refuge and strength. Assure them that all who trust in Jesus as their Savior will be together forever in heaven’s glory: in Jesus’ name. Amen

  6. Dear Tito Butch and Family, We’re sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all during these difficult times.

  7. Dear Samson Family, I am privileged to work with Albert Samson here at OTS. I served in the US Navy from 1966-1973 and was stationed out of Subic Bay in the PI from 1968-69 and met many fine people while there. I also drove past Williamsburg Eastern hospital many times when I lived in VA. The story of Justino Samson is fasinating and couragous and reminds me of how many times we pass close to people without realizing how great their impact is on others and what common areas we may have shared. I realize now why Albert is such a nice caring person to know as he must have inherited and learned much from his father. I also lost my father, who was a veteran, some years ago and wish to extend my deepest condolences.

  8. Samson Family, You have my deepest sympathy for you and your family. May GOD, in HIS infinite wisdom, continue to bless and keep you and your family during this sad time. Deborah Claiborne

  9. Samson family members, you have our deepest sympathy and prayers. God truly blessed Justino with a wonderful family and you can keep his presence with you. May the Lord bless you and keep you in His loving care. Mark, Anne, Beck and Meg Otersen

  10. Wow, what a career and life your father has had. My thoughts and prayers go with you and all of your family. Despite preparation, it is never easy to see a loved one especially your father pass. May God Strengthen and keep you.

  11. On Tony’s and our children’s behalf, loving thoughts and prayers for all of you as you surrender him from your loving arms to God’s holy arms.

  12. I will always have you in my heart Lolo Titong. Thank you for all your love which you have never failed to give us and made us feel even at a distance. Rest easy Lolo. You’re HOME now. I will see you when I get HOME too! I love you Lolo Titong….please send my love to my mom. She’ll be up there waiting for you at heaven’s gates! muwahhh! hugggsss!

  13. I will always have you in my heart Lolo Titong. Thank you for your great love which you have never failed to give us and made us feel even at a distance. We are really sad now, but rest easy Lolo. You’re HOME now! I will see you when I get HOME too….please send my love to my mom…she’ll be waiting for you at the heaven’s gates. I love you Lolo Titong!

  14. Dear Albert, I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s death. Even though it was expected, death is still hard. He is finally at peace and pain free. Remember the good memories! Susan and Norm

  15. Dear Albert, Lily, Justin, and Julienne, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we are available to help in any way possible.

  16. dear butch, I’m sending you, your family, your brothers and sisters and most especially your mom my deepest sympathies. I only have good and lasting memories of your loving father. He shall always be in our family prayers. take good care butch. yours, eddie

  17. Albert and Family: May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

  18. Dear Juny, I am so sorry about the loss of your father. I truly believe he rests in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ, and the many loved ones that have gone before him. My heart aches for your loss; please give my sympathies to your mother, brothers and sisters. Sincerely, Jim Flynn

  19. Dear Grandma and to the Samson Family, We are saddened to hear that Grandpa passed away but rejoicing that now he is singing with the Angels Choir in Heaven. Grandma, we want you to know how much we are thinking about you and we’re keeping you all in our prayers for strength, peace and courage to bear the loss of our beloved Grandpa. What a legacy he left for your family and we loved reading about it on here. Our memories of Grandpa will always be wonderful ones. May the Lord bless you and comfort you and your family during this time of great loss. Love and Prayers, Melo,Christie, Christian and Carlo Escoto

  20. Albert, and the rest of the Samson family, you all have my heartfelt sympathy and prayers during this time of mourning.

  21. I hope that family and friends are comforted knowing that he is in heaven and the the angels are singing with joy, for his return home. Many prayers to all.

  22. Dear Butch and family, Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you, your family especially your mom. Your dad will live on in the hearts of everyone who loved him. May God bless you and comfort you during these difficult times.

  23. While I did not know Justino, I have had the privilege of knowing his son Roberto (“Bob”) for close to 20 years. One piece of a parent’s legacy is the family and children they leave behind – I am sure that a big part of who Bob is, is because of the positive and loving influence his father Justino had on him. Heartfelt condolences and prayers from me and my colleagues to the entire Samson family.

  24. Hi Boots, Verna, I share your grief as my brother also died recently last Feb 11, 2008. May their souls rest in peace in heaven. Pablito and Tessie Alarcon Manila

  25. My dearest Samson Family, I am so priveledged to have sat with Dr. Samson for some time last Christmas, during my visit at Butch’s lovely home. Dr. Samson smiled, remembered me,called me by my name, Viching. Dr Samson started recalling some stories when he was our family doctor. Dr. Samson was so selfless in coming to the house even in the wee hours of the night when Mama, Caridad De La Rosa, would need him. Papa, Dr. Jose De La Rosa, and Mama had a very high regard for his skill, love for his family and dedication to his medical practice. I remember so fondy when we did not have a television at home. It was always a Friday evening treat to go to the Samson residence with my brothers, Ben & Eddie, to watch TV there. Tita Betty, my heart especially goes out to you for you. You have been blessed with a good man & marraige for more that 60 years. It is and will hard. Your comfort is in the wonderful children you have. It is with your memories that the Healing Hand of the Lord touches. Take your time to adjust. Baby steps is fine… sometime even backwards if need be. Have faith and know that the Lord in His strangest ways, MUST love you very much. Your very special Angel does and will always look after you. You and your intentions are always in my prayers. Warmest and sympathic hugs, Viching, Noel & Tanya

  26. My prayers are with you and your Family Albert. It sounds like you had a nice father who was blessed with a long life. Think of all the good and his smiles when it gets rough. I praying that God will bless you and your family.

  27. To our dearest Auntie Bay, cousins, and the rest of the family, We are saddened by the passing away of Uncle Titong who has always been a loving and caring person. We will miss him, but we know he has completed his earthly mission with flying colors. After a long, winding, painful but joyful journey, he has reached his destination, his real home with his Father. This is Not A Goodbye, because now even though physically you are no longer around, you will always be watching over us as you always have been. Please tell the Father to reserve a place for us, your loved ones here. Love you, Nora, Nang, Tristan, Abigail, Paum and Elaine, Nenz and our grandchildren

  28. Tong, once you told me you are twenty years older than I. Yes, I share memories of you as a 1) young intern 2) young physician 3) young guerilla 4) young lieutenant the only rank that i admire up to now is 5) the lover 6) the groom 7) the good, dedicated family man, loving and caring, and to us all, a very concerned loving uncle. Your nieces, nephews, and apos will be missing you. But much harder for boy, flor and me. We love you. -Jessie

  29. Albert and all of the Samson Family, I wish you strength and courage during this time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  30. Dear Tony, I worked with Tony for over 15 years at the FDIC. My wife Becky & I are sorry for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless everyone in the Samson family.

  31. Our belated condolences from the Ho family. From my mom, Yemay Ho my wife, Sun-Cha Ho my daughter, Tina Ho my brother, Taison ho my sister in law, Elsa Ho my nephew, Joseph Ho my niece, Jessica Ho You are always in our thoughts.

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