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    Zamboanga (Zamboanga Town) Zamboanga City Province | Mindanao Philippines
Location
Lat 6° 54' 37N Long 122° 4' 18E  Zamboanga is located on the Zamboanga peninsula at the southwest tip of Mindanao in the Philippines. Borders the Basilan Strait to the south and to the east is Mariqui Point. Offshore are Great Santa Cruz Island and Little Santa Cruz Island. During the war, known to Americans as "Zamboanga Town". Today known as "Zamboanga City" in Zamboanga City Province.

Wartime History
During early 1942 occupied by the Japanese during their occupation of the Philippines. Opposing the occupation, Filipino guerrillas area commanded by Col. Wendell Fertig, a U. S. Army reservist who did not surrendered to the Japanese and helped organize guerrilla activities in the Zamboanga.

American missions against Zamboanga
October 7, 1944–March 15, 1945


On March 10, 1945 the U. S. Army, 41st Infantry Division, 162nd Infantry Regiment and 163rd Infantry Regiment made an amphibious landing four miles northwest of the Zamboanga and overcame light opposition. On March 11, 1945 Zamboanga was liberated by the 163rd Infantry Regiment.

Zamboanga Airfield (Wolfe Field)
Wartime airfield, liberated by the US Army on March 10, 1945

San Roque

Located inland to the northwest of Zamboanga.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese 1942-1945. On March 11, 1945 liberated by the US Army, 41st Infantry Division troops.

San Roque Airfield (Moret Field)
Occupied by the Japanese, liberated March 11, 1945

Calarian Airfield
Occupied by the Japanese, liberated March 11, 1945

Mount Caspisan & Pulungbata
Located roughly two miles north of San Roque was Mount Caspisan, and Pulungbata was five miles inland. After the liberation of Zamboanga on Mach 11, 1945, Mount Caspisan and Pulungbata became the Japanese Army's main defensive position. Defended by approximately 9,000 troops organized into an independent mixed brigade, commanded by Lt. General Tokichi Hojo. By late March, American forces overcame the positions and organized Japanese resistance in the area ended, with surviving forces retreating inland.

Recodo
Located to the west of Zamboanga bordering Caldera Bay and Caldera Point

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Last Updated
April 21, 2020

 

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