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Justin Taylan 2003
U. S. Army Sept 3, 1945
Lat 6° 23' 50N Long 120° 36' 59E Camp John Hay is located at an elevation of 4,593' / 1,399m in Benguet Province on Luzon in the Philippines. To the west is Baguio (Baguio City). The Camp John Hay area is covered with pine trees.
In 1903, the U. S. Army established Camp John Hay encompassing over a thousand acre area for use as a rest and recuperation (R&R) area for Americans serving in the Philippines including both military and civilian personnel.
On December 8, 1941 Japanese aircraft bombed Camp John Hay one of the first locations targeted on Luzon.
In 1991, the American lease on Camp John Hay expired (with the exception of the U. S. Ambassador's Residence). Under Philippine ownership, the camp has been developed into a tourist and recreation area with a a cultural center, golf course and other amenities.
Baguio Country Club
The Baguio Country Club is located off Park Road, to the northeast of Camp John Hay and southwest of Wright Park, to the north of Loakan Airfield.
U. S. Ambassador's Residence (The American Residence in Baguio)
Located on a hilltop at the eastern edge of Camp John Hay with spectacular views of the area. On September 3, 1945 at inside the residence, Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) 14th Area Army commander General Tomoyuki Yamashita officially surrendered all remaining Japanese forces in the Philippines. In attendance was Lt. General Arthur Percival and Lt. General Jonathan M. Wainwright who both survived captivity as Prisoners Of War (POWs) plus Lt. General Wilhelm D. Styer. Today, known as The American Residence in Baguio and is off limits to the general public.
Loakan Airfield (Baguio Airport)
Built prewar, still in use today two days a week
Philippine Military Academy (Fort General Gregorio H. De Pilar)
Located to the south of Loakan Airfield on Quezon Avenue off Loakan Road. The "West Point" of the Philippines.
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