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Friday, 24 October 2014 11:54

By SANTIAGO A. DE LEON

 

* I was with the underground movement, Colonel Wendel W. Fertig was in command of the 10th Military District in Western Mindanao.

* Nicholas D. Pocyluycko, an electronic engineer, was my companion. Our movement was under the Code of Silence.

* After the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 20, 1944, Gen. Douglas McArthur was prevailed from landing in Leyte because fighting was still ongoing. The guerrilla leader in Leyte was Leon Kangleon who was moved from Cebu to Leyte.

Note: Before landing at Palo Beach, Leyte, Gen. McArthur wrote ihis famous message and that message was dropped at our camp. “I returned with the grace of God, with me at the left side is President Osmeña” and the rest is history.

Liberation of Zamboanga

* Zamboanga was liberated by Gen. Doe on March 1945.

* Gen. Doe of the 41st Division sometimes called the “Sunset Division” landed at Yellow Beach, Calarian coming all the way from Guadal Canal, Solomon Island and picking up some soldiers from Sulu.

Note: worthy to mention Kong Lam Teo, a USAFFE guerrilla soldier of Sulu was the first to reach McArthur in Australia and informed him about the existence of the guerrilla movement in Sulu.

* La Guardia is the first American soldier to fall in the liberation of Zamboanga City. He died at the junction of the road leading to Tetuan Elementary School and Don Alfaro Street.

* Imelda Romualdez unbeknown to many, the pride of Leyte and known for her famous song “God Bless the Philippines’’.