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Justin Taylan 2005

Location
Borders La Union Province to the north, and the 3rd District of Pangasinan to the west, 6th District to the east and Tarlac Province to the south.

Calasiao
Lat 16° 5' 40N Long 120° 21' 48E  Town south of Dagupan.
American staging area after the January 9, 1945 liberation.

Sison
Lat 16° 10' 0N Long 120° 28' 60E  Town on the eastern border of Pangasinan.

After the Japanese landing at Lingayen Gulf, the US Army 71st Division (less 71st Infantry) in position astride Route 3 south of Sison.

Pozorrubio
Lat 16° 6' 48N Long 120° 32' 34E  Inland town in Pangasinan. Battle for Pozorrubio January 12, 1945.

Potpot
Lat 16° 3' 0N  Long 120° 34' 60E  Inland town in Pangisanan.

Two reinforced companies of the 3d Battalion, 103d Infantry, had reached barrio Potpot, a mile or so west of Binalonan on the Binalonan-Manaoag road by January 16. The companies scarcely had time to set up defenses by dusk when they were attacked by Japanese Tanks of the 7th Tank Regiment attacked from Pozorrubio to Potpot around midnight, catching American by surprise there. After a 2 hour firefight, the Japanese finally withdrew. Two tanks were able to drive through the perimeter spraying machine gun fire in all directions before disappearing down the road toward Manaoag. A third Japanese tank was knocked out east of the perimeter, but others, accompanied by infantry, continued to attack. The Japanese infantry withdrew after a two-hour fire fight. At dawn on the 17th the two tanks that had broken through earlier came roaring back down the road from Manaoag. This time they were destroyed. In total, the Japanese lost 11 tanks and at least 50 men killed. US Army lost 2 men killed and 10 wounded; a 37-mm. antitank gun, a jeep, and an M8 scout car destroyed; and a tank, another jeep, and a second M8 damaged.

Urdaneta (Urdeneta)
Lat 15° 58' 34N Long 120° 34' 16E  Inland town 13.3 miles southeast of Mangaldan sitting astride of a major north-south (MacArthur Highway) and east-west road junction. Battle between Japanese Army and US Army liberation forces occurred here January 16-17, 1945.

Linmanzangan
Lat 16° 3' 0N  Long 120° 34' 60E  Located 12.4 miles east of Mangaldan inland from Lingayen Gulf, a half-mile north of Binalonan.

Villasis
Lat 15° 54' 6N  Long 120° 35' 18E  Located to the south of Urdaneta, Rosales is to the south-west acros the Agno River to the south.

Binalonan
Lat 16° 2' 56N  Long 120° 35' 43E  Located 12.4 miles east of Mangaldan inland from Lingayen Gulf. Small town on the highway, midway between Pozorubio and Urdaneta. Site of battle between Japanese and American tanks.

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February 4, 2018

 

 

 

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