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    Camotes Island Group (Camotes Islands) Cebu Province Philippines
Location
The Camotes Island Group (Camotes Islands) are located in Cebu Province in the Central Visayas (Region VII) of the Philippines. Includes four islands: Pacijan Island, Poro Island, Ponson Island and Tulang Island (Tulang Diot). The four islands have a combined area of 146.87 miles / 236.36km. The islands are located between Cebu to the west and Leyte to the east. To the northeast is Ormoc Bay. Borders the Camotes Sea to the south.

Wartime History
During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the local population of the Camotes Islands were terrorized with roughly 300 killed or tortured. On December 3, 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay, the Camotes Islands were nearby the battle area and some survivors swam to the Camotes Islands where they were rescued. On January 15, 1945 began the Battle of Camotes Islands when the U. S. Army landed a battalion from the 7th Infantry on Ponso Island with four PT Boats supporting the amphibious landing. Ashore, they found the Japanese had withdrawn from the island.

Ponson Island
Ponson Island is located at the northeast of the Camotes Islands includes Pilar village at the northeast tip.

Poro Island
Poro Island is located at the center of the Camotes Islands. On January 18, 1945 during the Battle of Camotes Islands the same force from the U. S. Army landed on Poro Island and the next day encountered enemy fire. On January 23, 1945 engaged positions on Hill 854. On January 31, 1945 the defenders were defeated and the American force returned to Leyte and transfered control of the island to the Philippine Army 94th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

Pacijan Island
Pacijan Island is located at the west of the Camotes Islands. At the north center is Lake Danao and San Francisco on the eastern shore. To the east is Poro Island and to the north is Tulang Island (Tulang Diot).

Tulang Island (Tulang Diot)
Tulang Island (Tulang Diot) is a small island located in the Camotes Islands. To the south is Pacijan Island.

References
U. S. Army in World War II - Chronology 1941-1945 pages 375, 378

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