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    Laoag (Loag, Laoang, Laog, Laoag City) Ilocos Norte Province | Luzon Philippines
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US Army July 25, 1946
Lat 18° 11' 56N Long 120° 35' 37E  Laoag is located at an elevation of 59' / 17m above sea level in Ilocos Norte Province on Luzon in the Philippines. Also known as Loag, Laoang, Laog or Laoag City and is the the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte Province. To the south is the Laoag River and to the southwest on the coast is Gabu (Gabo, Pias) and Laoag Airfield further to the south is Gaang (Gan, Gaan-Victoria, Currimao). Borders the South China Sea to the west.

Wartime History
On December 10, 1941 and December 11, 1941 the Japanese Army "Kanno Detachment" lands at Vigan and a column of troops and trucks began moving northward towards Laoag. On December 12, 1941 Japanese forces occupied Laoag. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Laoag was occupied by the Japanese Army with the town hall used by the Kempeitai (Kempi-Tai) Military Police.

Before the Japanese occupation, Filipino Governor-elect, Roque Ablan fled to Solsona, and organizes the resistance with provincial prison guards, civic minded citizens and Army reservists, collaborating with the USAFIP-NL (U.S. Armed Forces in the Philippines - North Luzon). By January 1942 Filipino guerrillas initiated their first guerrilla action against the Japanese. In retaliation, the they bombed towns and kill civilians suspected or harboring guerrillas or supporting the resistance.

In early February 1945 the Japanese withdrew demolishing part of the Gilbert Bridge over the Laoag River. On February 13, 1945 Filipino guerrillas from the 1st Battalion of the 15th Infantry of liberate Laoag.

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October 23, 2019


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