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    San Fernando La Union Province | Luzon Philippines
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1945

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Justin Taylan 2003
Location
Lat 16° 37' 7N Long 120° 19' 10E  San Fernando is the provincial capital of La Union Province on Luzon in the Philippines. Borders San Fernando Harbor and beyond Lingayen Gulf.

Wartime History
In early December 1941 occupied by the Japanese Army. During the Pacific War, San Fernando was an important shipping point for the Japanese. During late March 1945 liberated by the U. S. Army.

American missions against San Fernando
December 15, 1944 - 1945

Base M (San Fernando)
US Army letter Base designation. After liberation, the area was developed into a major American staging base and camp area.

Monument to the Unknown Soldier
A WWII Monument in the center of town, dedicated to the unknown soldier and funded by the city's Lion's Club.

San Fernando Airfield
Used by Japanese as a seaplane base and Americans as airfield after liberation

American M10A1E Tank Dump
At the end of the war at least five U. S. Army M10A1E tanks were dumped in deep water on Fagg Reef, off San Fernando. M10A1E (No. 1) and M10A1E (No. 2) both at 41m (140'). A third, M10A1E (No. 3) is upside down, and a fourth M10A1E (No. 4) is located to the east of the main dump area. A fifth tank M10A1E (No. 5) is in deep water (200'), along with other dumped wartime debris.

Two WWII Shipwrecks
Intact (Japanese?) shipwrecks were discovered in 1984 off Barangay Sinaite (La Union).

Bauang River Wreck
WWII cargo ship 90' in mouth of Bauang River. This ship was largely salvaged or demolished postwar, only small pieces remain.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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