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    Santa Maria Pangasinan ProvinceLuzon Philippines
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Justin Taylan 2005

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Location
Lat 16° 4' 57N Long 120° 47' 8E  Santa Maria is a Barangay of San Nicolas located at an elevation of 118' / 35m above sea level in the 6th District of Pangasinan Province in the Ilocos Region of Luzon in the Philippines. To the east is the start of the Villa Verde Trail. To the west is San Nicolas. To the south is the road to Manila.

Wartime History
During late January 1945 liberated by the U. S. Army 32nd Infantry Division (32nd ID). On January 30, 1945 they advanced eastward onto Villa Verde Trail.

32nd Infantry Division Villa Verde Monument (1945)
Arrow shaped monument on a concrete pillar. This monument was built by the 32nd Infantry Division, Company A, 114th Engineers and dedicated on September 20, 1945 prior to their move to Japan, the monument pays tribute to the 916 division men who were KIA during the liberation of Luzon. In 1987, the monument was in a state of neglect due to periodic flooding.

32nd Infantry Division Villa Verde Monument (New)
In 1987 with the help of the veterans of the 32nd Infantry Division and cooperation of the Santa Maria East the monument was restored between March 1989 to September 1989. The memorial's brass plaque reads: "Erected by the officers and men of the 32d Infantry Division United States Army in memory of their gallant comrades who were killed along the Villa Verde Trail January 30, 1945–May 28, 1945"

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April 21, 2020

 

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