Dec. 2, 1943 - Oct. 29, 2013
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Nahum Plandor Reduta succumbed to lung cancer at age 69, on Oct. 29, at his home in Vallejo.
On Dec. 2, 1943, Nahum was born to parents Amando Reduta and Cristeta Plandor Reduta, in Oas, Albay province, Philippines. He studied Technical Building Construction at Albay (Bicol Regional) School of Arts and Trades, and Electrical Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology.
Nahum enlisted with the U.S. Navy in 1967, serving during the Vietnam War aboard the hospital ship USS Repose (AH-16). He also served aboard the submarine tenders USS Proteus (AS-19) and USS Hunley (AS-31), and the minesweeper USS Engage (MSO-433). He completed training as an Electrician's Mate at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois and Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Puerto Rico. He sailed aboard the frigate USS Richard L. Page (DEG-5/FFG-5). At Naval Training Center San Diego, he completed training as a Recruit Division Commander and served there as a Master Training Specialist. While aboard the USS John A. Moore (FFG-19), he participated in Operation Desert Storm with son Allan who served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. Stationed at Mare Island, Nahum retired from the Navy with the rank of Master Chief Electrician's Mate (Surface Warfare), completing 27 years of service in 1994.
In 1971, he married Maria Daisy Dureza and raised five children, eventually settling in the United States. In civilian life, Nahum gave much of his time as a band booster at Solano Middle School, Vallejo Jr. High School, and Vallejo Sr. High School. He was of great help to his neighbors and friends as a handyman. He was fond of fishing, barbecue, carpentry, gardening, bowling, casino trips, and observing wildlife.
Nahum is survived by his wife, Maria Daisy; brother, Peter; sisters, Bella, Sister Remedios, RVM, Ligaya, and Carmen; his five children, son, Allan Mitchell; daughter, Dinah (Silvestre), and sons, Nahum Jr., Jerome, and Edmund; and grandsons, Noah and Alonso. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Amando Jr. and Arnaldo
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Nov. 8, 2013