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    Binalonan Pangasinan Province | Luzon Philippines
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Justin Taylan
2005
Location
Lat 16° 2' 56N  Long 120° 35' 43E  Binalonan is an inland town located on the highway in Pangasinan Province on Luzon in the Philippines. Located midway between Pozorubio and Urdaneta and 12.4 miles east of Mangaldan.

Wartime History
During January 1945, the Japanese Army had a garrison of 350 men at Binalonan supported by nine tanks and two 75mm artillery guns of the 7th Tank Regiment defend the western approaches of the Villa Verde Trail. After the January 9, 1945 U. S. Army landing at Lingayen Gulf, the 7th Tank Regiment advanced from Binalonan northward to San Manuel.

Battle of Binalonan
On January 17, 1945 Binalonan was attacked by the U. S. Army 25th Infantry Division, 161st Infantry Regiment in what became known as the Battle of Binalonan. At 5:30pm, a single Japanese tank attacked the American line and was destroyed. Next, a disoriented fight broke out in the town, with five Japanese tanks firing wildly in every direction and racing around. By nightfall, all five tanks were destroyed but only part of the town was captured.

On January 18, 1945 three M4 Sherman tanks from the 716th Tank Battalion allowing the 161st Infantry Regiment to capture the town by 1:00pm. In total, the Japanese lost nine tanks, two guns, five trucks, one artillery tractor and 250 men. With the capture of Binalonan, the U. S. had secured the road junction with Route 3 and the approach to the Villa Verde Trail.

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January 4, 2020

 

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