16° 37' 7N Long 120° 19'
10E Costal city along the eastern shore of Lingayen Gulf and capital city
of the province.
Occupied by the Japanese
in early December 1941. Its harbor became an important
shipping point for the Japanese. Liberated in late March, 1945.
American missions against San Fernando
December 15, 1944 - 1945
Base M (San Fernando)
US Army letter Base designation. After liberation, the area was developed into a major American staging base and camp area.
Monument to the Unknown Soldier
A WWII Monument in the center of
town, dedicated to the unknown soldier and funded by the city's
San Fernando Airfield
Used by Japanese as a seaplane base and Americans as airfield after liberation
At the end of the war at least five American M10A1E tanks were dumped in deep water on Fagg Reef, off San Fernando. M10A1E (No. 1) and M10A1E (No. 2) both at
41m (140'). A third, M10A1E (No. 3) is upside
M10A1E (No. 4) is located to
the east of the main dump area. A fifth tank M10A1E (No. 5) is in deep water (200'),
along with other dumped wartime debris.
Two WWII Shipwrecks
Intact (Japanese?) wrecks off Barangay Sinaite (La Union) discovered
Bauang River Wreck
WWII cargo ship 90' in mouth of Bauang River. This ship was largely
salvaged or demolished post-war, only small peices remain.
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January 11, 2018