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    Zamboanga Zamboanga City Province | Mindanao Philippines

Location
Lat 6° 54' 37N Long 122° 4' 18E  Located at the southwestern tip of Mindanao on the Zamboanga peninsula along Basilan Strait. To the east is Mariqui Point. Offshore are Great Santa Cruz Island and Little Santa Cruz Island. During the war, known to American forces as "Zamboanga Town". Today, part of Zamboanga City Province and known as "Zamboanga City".

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese during 1942-1945. During the Japanese occupation, Filipino guerrillas had operated in the Zamboanga area, commanded by Col. Wendell Fertig, a US Army reservist who did not surrendered to the Japanese and helped organize guerrilla activities.

American missions against Zamboanga
October 7, 1944 - March 15, 1945

On March 10, 1945 the US Army, 41st Infantry Division, 162nd and 163rd Infantry Regiments made an amphibious landing four miles northwest of the city, overcoming light opposition. On March 11, 1945 Zamboanga was liberated by the 163rd Infantry Regiment.

Zamboanga Airfield (Wolfe Field)
Wartime airfield, liberated by the US Army on March 10, 1945

San Roque
Located inland to the northwest of Zamboanga.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese 1942-1945. On March 11, 1945 liberated by the US Army, 41st Infantry Division troops.

San Roque Airfield (Moret Field)
Occupied by the Japanese, liberated March 11, 1945

Calarian Airfield
Occupied by the Japanese, liberated March 11, 1945

Mount Caspisan & Pulungbata
Located roughly two miles north of San Roque was Mount Caspisan, and Pulungbata was five miles inland. After the liberation of Zamboanga on Mach 11, 1945, Mount Caspisan and Pulungbata became the Japanese Army's main defensive position. Defended by approximately 9,000 troops organized into an independent mixed brigade, commanded by Lt. General Tokichi Hojo. By late March, American forces overcame the positions and organized Japanese resistance in the area ended, with surviving forces retreating inland.

Recodo
Located to the west of Zamboanga bordering Caldera Bay and Caldera Point

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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