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LIEUTENANT. This word has now a narrower meaning than it formerly had; its true meaning is a deputy, a substitute, from the French lieu, (place or post) and tenant (holder). Among civil officers we have lieutenant governors, who in certain cases perform the duties of governors; (vide, the names of the several states,) lieutenants of police, &c. Among military men, lieutenant general was formerly the title of a commanding general, but now it signifies the degree above major general. Lieutenant colonel, is the officer between the colonel and the major. Lieutenant simply signifies the officer next below a captain. In the navy, a lieutenant is the second officer next in command to the captain of a ship.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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He was a third lieutenant assigned to the Philippine Navy's Offshore Patrol before the war broke out and was awarded a silver star during the war for his heroism.
Javier served as a third lieutenant with the Philippine Army and was part of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East.
The award was given to Javier for for showing true heroism when called to the colors as a third lieutenant of the Philippine Army and serving in the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), fighting in the Battle of Bataan and enduring the Bataan Death March and imprisonment in Tarlac alongside thousands of Filipino and American soldiers.