YANKS TAKE BAGUIO HILLS; DRIVE ON DAVAO CONTINUES – FIGHTING ON LUZON AND SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES

From the April 26, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes

MANILA, April 25 (ANS).—Baguio, Philippines summer capital which the Japanese have been defending bitterly, is “all but in American hands,” Gen. MacArthur reported today.

Maj. Gen. Percy W. Clarkson’s 33rd Div. held commanding positions in the pine-covered hills to the northwest, west and southwest of the ruined city. One column moving down Highway Nine from the northwest was little more than a mile from the center of the city.

Far to the south on Mindanao Island, other Yanks pressed on toward the Japanese stronghold of Davao. Maj, Gen. R.B. Woodruff’s 24th Div. was fanning out north and east from the road junction of Kabacan.
Philippine-based planes hit Japanese shipping and shore installations in Formosa, French Indo-China, China and the Dutch East Indies.

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American soldiers entering Baguio City.



For Further Reading Check Out:

Pacific Hurtgen: The American Army in Northern Luzon, 1945




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