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The combined forces of the 14th Infantry, United States Army Forces in the Philippines – Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL), under the command of Lt Col. Romulo A. Manriquez, and the 37th Division of the U.S. Sixth Army liberated the town of Ilagan, Isabela on June 19, 1945 as part of the Isabela-Nueva Vizcaya liberation campaign which lasted from December 1944 to June 1945. The liberation was not an easy feat for the troops as the 103rd Division of the Japanese Army was scattered along Highway 5. In order to weaken the enemy presence in the area, the 14th Infantry, USAFIP-NL resorted to using various warfare tactics such as ambushing and destroying enemy patrols along Highway 5 and cutting off the Japanese’s communication and supply lines. This proved to be effective in the liberation campaign as the attacks on enemy strongholds led to the diminished capacity of the Japanese to control the area, making it easier for the 37th Division to enter the area and eventually seize the towns of Isabela one after another.

The liberation of Ilagan, and the whole province of Isabela, was crucial in the Northern Luzon liberation campaign. After retaking the town, the 37th Division established a bridgehead across the Pinacauan de Ilagan (now referred to as the Ilagan River). The establishment of the bridgehead proved that enemy control in Isabela immensely diminished. The retaking of Ilagan and its nearby towns also affected the Japanese Army’s ability to execute a coordinated enemy defense in Northern Luzon.

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