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    Cabanatuan (Cabanatuan City) Nueva Ecija Province | Luzon Philippines
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USAFF Jan 14, 1945

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Justin Taylan 2003

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Lat 15° 28' 60N Long 120° 58' 0E  Cabanatuan in Tagalog means "Sack of Happiness" in reference to the fertile rice fields and plentiful harvests.

Wartime History
On December 8, 1941 Japanese bombers attacked Maniquis Airfield (Cabanatuan Airfield). On December 29, 1941 occupied by the Japanese Army from the north. During the Japanese occupation, the Cabanatuan POW Camp was detained thousands of American prisoners of war (POW). The area was occupied by the Japanese until early 1945.

Japanese and American missions against Cabanatuan
December 8, 1941 - April 27, 1945

On January 30, 1945 a secret raid by US Army 6th Ranger Battalion "Alamo Scouts" commanded by Henry Mucci liberated the surviving prisoners. During early February 1945 the Cabanatuan area was liberated.

Cabanatuan POW Camp
Located four miles to the southwest of Cabanatuan City, used as a POW Camp during 1942 until liberated by US Army Rangers during the Great Raid on January 30, 1945.

Cabu Bridge (Cabu River Bridge)
Located over the Cabu River, northeast of the Cabanatuan POW Camp. Pronounced 'Ca-boo'. During the war, a wooden bridge spanned the river at this location. On January 30, 1945 Filipino guerrillas commanded by Juan Pajota and Eduardo Joson set up a roadblock next to the bridge to prevent any Japanese reinforcements from crossing the Cabu River, in support of the U. S. Army ranger raid to liberate prisoners from Cabanatuan POW camp. The modern bridge over the Gabu River was built in 1950, at the same location as the wartime span.

Maniquis Airfield (Cabanatuan Airfield)
Prewar airfield

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October 23, 2019



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