One of the most unusual guerrilla operations in the Philippines during World War II was the guerrilla raid on Talisayan, Misamis Oriental, which was conducted with the assistance of the US Navy to eliminate and wipe out the Japanese garrisoned at this key objective.
Amphibious in nature, the operation involved guerrilla units of the 110th Infantry Regiment, 110th Division, 10th Military District (Mindanao), United States Forces in the Philippines (USFIP) with an original strength of 200 men but which rose to 350 when a call for volunteers was issued.… Continue reading... “Guerrilla Raid on Talisayan”
The Philippine government had moved from Manila on General Douglas MacArthur’s recommendation, with President Manuel L. Quezon himself continuing to lead the government from Corregidor in cooperation with the U.S. commander of the Far East.
Lt. Burns was a fighter pilot with the 21st pursuit squadron based in Del Monte, Bukidnon. The events of his life in Mindanao were recorded by Lt. Burns in a leather bound diary. How the diary ended up in the hands of the Burns family turned out to be a story in itself.
Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon officially conferred the title of Field Marshal on General Douglas MacArthur in a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 24, 1936. He was presented at that time with a gold baton and a unique uniform.
It’s ironic how some 75 years later, many Kagay-anons are still unaware that it was their own compatriots who liberated Cagayan, Misamis on 12 May 1945 and not the Americans.
So while we still enjoy a modicum of attention following the recent 75thAnniversary of Cagayan’s Liberation (albeit a muted one at that) let’s take a look back at how things were unfolding at that time and how come guerrillas, rather than American soldiers, liberated the town from the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA).… Continue reading... “The Macajalar Bay Landing and the Liberation of Mindanao”
Actually, we’re paraphrasing US President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s remarks in a 1964 interview with author Stephen E. Ambrose when he said, “Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us.”
But first, to recall the serendipity which brought us to Andrew Higgins. As a group of friends dedicated to putting Cagayan de Oro City on the world map of World War II history for the small but significant role it played in General Douglas MacArthur’s Breakout from Corregidor to Australia on March 11-17, 1942, we were all fascinated by the PT Boats that brought the general, his family and general staff safely through the Imperial Japanese Navy blockade.… Continue reading... “How Philippine Mahogany helped win the War for the Allies”