Leyte Island is locateded in the eastern Visayas Islands in the Philippines. Borders Samar Island to the northeast and Mindanao Island to the south, and San Pedro Bay and Leyte Gulf to the east and the Surigao Strait to the southeast.
Leyte was the first
island in the Philippine archipelago to be liberated by American
forces. Filipino guerrilla leader, Ruperto Kawgleon's organized
forces were part of the reason that MacArthur planned to
invade Leyte as the first foothold in the Philippines. On
October 20, 1944 by the US Army 7th Division, and the 96th,
Infantry Division "The
Intense land, sea and air battles took place over the island.
seven airfields. Six built by the Japanese, one by American
|| Battle of Leyte Gulf
|| Capital of Leyte, objective of the liberation
|| Coastal village to the south of Tacloban
|| Red Beach, site of initial American landing
|| Town outside Tacloban, American airfield
|| Japanese built airstrip north of Bayug
|| Site of initial American landings October 20, 44
|| City and bay on the west coast of Leyte
|| Located inland from the western coast Bayug
|| Japanese airfield used until the American landing
Battle of Baluarte Marker
Located at Baluarte, Bgy. Minuhang Barugo. Site of the historic
battle between Filipino guerrillas and Japanese Imperial Forces at
of August 24, 1944. Significant because there was no Filipino casualty
while all the Japanese except one were killed in the encounter;
beautiful and symbolic monument made up of three stairs: at the
topmost stand 3 rifles each crowned by a helmet: measuring 3.5
x 3.5 meters. This concrete structure is fenced by big silver-colored
chains; on one side area 3 flagpoles which look like bayonets.
Japanese War Memorial Cemetery
Located at Bgy. San Diego (Buraueun) Site of one of the fiercest
battles fought in Leyte for the liberation; Japanese cemetery frequently
visited by memorial tour groups.
Located in Villaba - Mountain stronghold of General Suzuki where
thousands of Japanese soldiers died defending the area and hundreds
of American lives were sacrificed in the assault to capture this
hill during World War II; frequently by big Japanese memorial tour
groups and bone hunting expedition and object of pilgrimage by domestic
and foreign tourists.
Ridge (Hill 1525)
Located to the north of Leyte near Carigara Bay. Defended by the
Japanese 1st Division and assaulted by 32nd Infantry Division. An eight
day battle that resulted in 2,800 KIA and 9,500 WIA.
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December 3, 2018