TREASURE HUNTING IN JAPANESE CAVES ON ZAMBOANGA, MINDANAO

From YANK Magazine

ZAMBOANGA, MINDANAO—Digging Japanese out of caves and tunnels is a grim business, but there is one compensation. You never know what else you’ll find. Sometimes there are dividends.

The biggest surprise found by GIs mopping up here was a cache of 160 cases of prime sake, which tasted like a fine old sherry. In another cave was a 35-mm motion picture camera in a case stamped “Nippon Newsreels.”

In still another cave stacked high with signal equipment were two portable 35-mm projectors with complete sound equipment and 40 reels of film. But the find of the campaign was a pile of five American flags which some Japanese had been using as bedding. The flags had been taken from Zamboanga’s Petit Barracks, and they will fly there again.



Men of the 41st Division's 186th Regiment's King Company, wade across a creek on Mindanao near Sibuko Bay on May 7, 1945.

Men of the 41st Division’s 186th Regiment’s King Company, wade across a creek on Mindanao near Sibuko Bay on May 7, 1945.

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Men of the 41st Division’s 163rd Regiment on Zamboanga.



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