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The Philippine Islands during WWII played a major part in many campaigns and operations by both the Americans and Japanese. Invaded in December of 1941 by a Japanese amphibious force, the islands were captured and American General MacArthur made his famous vow "I shall return" to Filipinos. American forces liberated the island after the Naval and island fighting at Leyte at the end of 1944 that preceded the American recapture of Luzon which started on January 9, 1945.

The many parts of the enormous island archipelago were effected by the war both directly and indirectly. Japanese soldiers fought on the island until the end of the war, and some beyond then! See Japanese Holdout site for more information. Cataloging wrecks in such a large area is much harder than for the smaller island groups and chains in other parts of the Pacific. The Philippines gained full independence from the United States on July 4, 1946.

Region I, Region II, Region III, Region IV
Luzon  largest and most populous island in the Philippines includes the capital city of Manila.
Leyte  located in the Visayas Islands in the central Philippines.

  First Philippine island to be liberated in 1944.
 Island adjacent to Leyte, airfield
  Island group located between Luzon and Formosa
  Island between Leyte and Negros Islands
  Western Visayas, Ilo Ilo port city
  Located to the south-east of Luzon
    MIMAROPA Region (Southwestern Tagalog Region, Region IV-B)
  Island south of Luzon
 includes Palawan Island and the Calamian Islands (Calamianes)
  located in the Lubang Group of Islands, to the southwest of Manila
    Region V (Bicol Region)
    Region VI (Western Visayas)
  Panay Island southern portion and port city
  Panay Island eastern portion
  Island province southeast of Panay
    Region VII (Central Visayas)
  (Oriental and Occidental) Central Philippines Island
 Province including the island of Bohol
    Region IX, Region X, Region XI, Region XII
  Southernmost Philippines Island, second largest
  Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanan

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Last Updated
September 11, 2018

 

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