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The recapture of the Santa Fe-Balete Pass from the Japanese was one of the vital objectives of the Allied Forces. The Allies dispatched the US 25° and 32″ Divisions in the last week of February to neutralize enemy troops defending the Villa Verde trail and Santa Fe. The US 32″ Division, with the Bulacan Military Area’s Buenavista Regiment, engaged Japan’s 2′ Tank Division in the Villa Verde trail from March to May where the historic battles in the Salacsac Pass took place. The US 25° Division proceeded to attack Balete Pass defended by Japan’s 10″ Division. Like the 32″ Division, the 25″ Division begun their offensive in the last weeks of February. The Allied Forces experienced stiff resistance in the area and suffered huge losses during the battle, amounting to 2,200 casualties with 545 dead and 1,650 wounded. After the collapse of the Baguio front, the US 37″ Division committed Its 148″ Infantry to reinforce the troops in Balete and to support the final drive on 4 May, by which around 3,000 Japanese troops, from the original committed 12,000 men, were left to defend their position in Balete Pass. Pockets of resistance in the area eventually fell on 13 May, thus ending the push to Balete Pass.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1945 VICTORY DAY IN NEGROS ISLAND

SEPTEMBER 3, 1945 END OF WORLD WAR II IN BAGUIO

SEPTEMBER 2, 1945 SURRENDER OF GENERAL YAMASHITA AT KIANGAN, IFUGAO

AUGUST 15, 1945   LIBERATION OF BENGUET

AUGUST 4, 1945   LIBERATION OF ATOK, BENGUET

JULY 26, 1945 LIBERATION OF NATONIN, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE

JULY 20, 1945 LIBERATION OF MANKAYAN, BENGUET

JULY 19, 1945 LIBERATION OF KABAYAN, BENGUET

JULY 17, 1945   LIBERATION OF BOKOD, BENGUET

JUNE 27, 1945   LIBERATION OF APARRI, CAGAYAN

JUNE 25, 1945   LIBERATION OF TUGUEGARAO CAGAYAN

JUNE 19, 1945   LIBERATION OF ILAGAN, ISABELA

JUNE 14, 1945  BATTLE OF BESSANG PASS  

MAY 20, 1945 LIBERATION OF MALAYBALAY, BUKIDNON

MAY 17, 1945 LIBERATION OF KIBUNGAN & TUBLAY, BENGUET

MAY 17, 1945 BATTLE OF IPO DAM

MAY 14, 1945 BATTLE OF MALEPUNYO

MAY 13, 1945 BATTLE OF BALETE PASS  

MAY 3, 1945 BATTLE OF ISING

MAY 3, 1945 LIBERATION OF DAVAO CITY

APRIL 28, 1945 LIBERATION OF DIGOS, DAVAO CITY

APRIL 27, 1945 LIBERATION OF BAGUIO CITY

APRIL 26, 1945 LIBERATION OF  TUBA, BENGUET

APRIL 26, 1945 LIBERATION OF  DUMAGUETE CITY

APRIL 22, 1945 A SALUTE TO VALOR – PALAWAN LIBERATION

APRIL 20, 1945 LIBERATION OF DUMAGUETE CITY

APRIL 20, 1945 LIBERATION OF PIKIT

APRIL 18, 1945 LANDING IN COTABATO

APRIL 17, 1945 LIBERATION OF PARANG,  MAGUINDANAO

APRIL 10, 1945 LIBERATION OF SABLAN, BENGUET

APRIL 9, 1945 LANDING IN JOLO ISLAND

APRIL 1, 1945 LIBERATION OF BURGOS, LA UNION

APRIL 1, 1945 LANDING IN LEGASPI

MARCH 29, 1945 LIBERATION OF LIPA CITY

MARCH 29, 1945 LANDING IN NEGROS ISLAND

MARCH 26, 1945 LANDING IN TALISAY, CEBU

MARCH 19, 1945 BATTLE OF BACSIL RIDGE

MARCH 19, 1945 LIBERATION OF BAUANG, LA UNION

MARCH 18, 1945 LIBERATION OF PANAY, ROMBLON, AND GUIMARAS 

MARCH 17, 2004  ILOILO VETERANS MEMORIAL DAY 

MARCH 10, 1945   LIBERATION OF ZAMBOANGA