FDR SIGNS BILL PLEDGING ISLES FULL FREEDOM

Measure Gives U.S. Right To Philippines Bases; Saipan Yanks Gain

From the July 1, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

President Roosevelt yesterday signed legislation pledging the U.S. to drive the Japanese out of the Philippines and so grant the islands full independence as soon as normal government functions can be restored.

The legislation will permit the U.S. to acquire air, land and naval bases in the Philippines.

In the U.S., business firms are so confident that the Japanese will have been ejected from the islands before the year is out that they are laying plans for resumption of operations there. They are advertising for men to take positions in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, further advances north by U.S. land forces on Saipan, in the Marianas, was reported yesterday by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. Reuter said the Americans were fast approaching the point from which a final smash to invest the island completely would begin.

Tokyo radio admitted that American pressure on the island had increased. The Japanese spoke of a new U.S. attack on the west coast, with armored forces joining the infantry.

American bombers struck again at Yap, in the southern Marianas, dropping 28 tons of explosives. Another formation hit Jap headquarters at Palau.



corregidor philippines liberation

American soldiers raise the American flag over newly liberated Corregidor.



For Further Reading Check Out:

Luzon 1945: The final liberation of the Philippines (Campaign)




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