Liberation of Bamban
Liberation of Bamban / Bamban, Tarlac
After arriving in Bamban, the Japanese Imperial Army occupied the sugar central as their garrison or detention camp where innocent civilians were tortured on mere suspicion of being members of the guerrilla movement. During this regime, the Kapisanan ng Paglilingkod sa bagong Pilipinas (Society for Service to the New Philippines), popularly known as KALIBAPI, was utilized by the Japanese invaders to gain the cooperation and goodwill of the civilians. Despite this Japanese propaganda, many cabalens joined the USAFFE or Hukbalahap (Hukbong Bayan Laban sa Hapon). Several resistance units were organized and one of them was the USAFFE guerilla under Captain Bruce, an American soldier.
Under the command of Lt. Pedro Margarito, the Squadron 30, LGF together with the other elements of the USAFFE and the 40th Division of the US Army, led the liberation of Bamban, Tarlac. With information going around regarding the supposed landing of Gen. McArthur in Lingayen, the Japanese were forced to flee to the mountains. Being more familiar with the mountain trails, the members of the Squadron 30 served as guides to the mountains and guarded the Filipino and American officers armed with every artillery and weapons available. This paved the way to the bypassing of the Japanese who went into hiding as they retreated to the forest. Bamban was liberated from the Japanese Forces on January 23, 1945.