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    Vigan Ilocos Sur Province | Luzon Philippines
3rd BG January 20, 1945

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Justin Taylan 2003
Lat 17° 34' 29N Long 120° 23' 13E  Vigan is located at an elevation of 16' above sea level in Ilocos Sur Province on Luzon in Region I (Ilocos Region) of the Philippines.

Wartime History
On December 10, 1941 at dawn the Japanese Army "Kanno Detachment" that departed Mako (Pescadores) lands at Vigan but due to bad weather the entire force was unable to land. On December 11, 1941 the remainder of the force lands four miles south. The force begin marching and using trucks to move northward to occupy Laoag.

Starting in January 1942 attacked by American aircraft during the defense of the Philippines. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, used by the Japanese as a port and base area. During January 1945 again targeted by American aircraft until early March 1945. Luckily, Vigan escaped heavy bombing and the historic Spanish buildings were not destroyed.

American missions against Vigan
January 2, 1942 - March 8, 1945

Vigan Airfield
Occupied by the Japanese at the start of the war.

Hokurei Maru
Beached off Vigan October 6, 1944 after being damaged by submarine attacks and attacked by US aircraft.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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