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    Rosales Pangasinan ProvinceLuzon¬†Philippines

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Justin Taylan 2005

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Carl R. Thien 1945

Lat 15° 53' 40N Long 120° 37' 58E Located in the south of Pangasinan, along the MacArthur Highway. To the west is Carmen and to the north is Villasis.

Japanese Occupation
Occupied by the Japanese on December 26, 1941. They operated a rice mill and occupied the town hall and other civilian buildings and residences in town.

American Liberation
Liberated by the US Army on January 19, 1945 without resistance. After liberation, it became an American camp area as well. Although there is no historical record of any Japanese gold, or treasures in the town, a number of buildings were demolished, central park dug up and large trees in the market cut down in an attempt to locate 'Japanese gold' stashed into the trunks. All of these searches yielded nothing of course. The mayor at the time was criticized for working with treasure hunters, and destroying the town's history.

American Units based in Rosales:
201st CIC (Counter Intelligence Corps)

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Unknown Soldier's Shrine
Located in the center of town, this monument had fallen into disrepair. In June 2005, the monument was rehabilitated and rededicated by Mayor Revita and funds from Rosales Association of Southern California. The plaque reads: "In Memory of the valiant and noble heroes who courageously fought and offered their lives for us to be free"

CIC House
Civilian house occupied by the 201st CIC (Counter Intelligence Corps) after the town was liberated. This building still remains today, but was damaged during a typhoon in 2008. Then & Now Photographs.

Mount Balungao
Mountain to the south of Rosales, visible from town

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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