Tampa, Florida, U.S.
|Allegiance|| Philippines |
|Service/||United States Army (until November 1899)|
Philippine Revolutionary Army (November 1899-1901)
|Rank|| Corporal (United States Army)|
Captain (Philippine Republican Army)
|Unit||US Army 24th Regiment (until November 1899)|
David Fagen or David Fagin (born 1875, date of death unknown) was an African-American soldier who defected during the Philippine–American War. He acquired the rank of captain in the Philippine Revolutionary Army.
His defection was likely a reaction to racist treatment of African-American soldiers within the United States armed forces at the time, as well as racist sentiments expressed towards the Filipino resistance, who were frequently referred to by American soldiers as "niggers" and "gugus".
As the war ended, the US gave amnesties to most of their opponents. A substantial reward was offered for Fagen, who was considered a traitor. There are two conflicting versions of his fate: one is that his was the partially decomposed head for which the reward was claimed, and the other is that he married a local woman and lived peacefully in the mountains.
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