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US Army March 26, 1945

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Justin Taylan 2004

Lat 10° 18' 40N Long 123° 53' 30E  Located on the eastern side of Cebu Island. Offshore is Mactan Island.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese during 1942 until 1945. Although the Japanese constructed many defenses in Cebu City, they choose to abandoned them and destroyed much of the city when they retreated to the hills prior to the US Army landing.  The hills were targeted by naval gunfire and coordinated tank-infantry attackers and neutralized them. The city was liberated on March 27, 1945 by the US Army Americal Division, but the Japanese took up new positions and continued their resistance and sea-sawing attacks thru early April, before the Japanese finally withdrew to the north.

Base S
After liberation, American forces repaired the Cebu Harbor area, and planned to stage three infantry divisions from Cebu City for the proposed invasion of Japan. US Army Letter Base designation located at Cebu City after American occupation. Sub-base controlled by Base M (San Fernando).

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral (Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral)
Cathedral at Cebu damaged during the war. US air raids on Cebu damage the recently-renovated cathedral and the Episcopal Palace across, with its contents of centuries-old archives and records of the archdiocese lost forever. In 1945 after liberation, Archbishop Reyes begins the reconstruction of the bombed cathedral, with only its façade, walls and belfry still intact.

Lahug Airfield
Located in the center of Cebu city, used by Japanese and later US Army.

Cebu is a large city and commercial center located on Cebu Island.  Popular tourist destination.

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June 15, 2019


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