Sindangan commemorates sinking of Japanese ship Print
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:43

By  allen abastillas

The Municipal Government of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte held a commemorative rite last September 7, 2017 on the sinking of a World War II Japanese warship Shinyo Maru.

Sindangan Mayor Florentino Sy spearheaded the commemoration program where Department of Tourism-9 Regional Director Butch Blanco was the guest of honor.

Blanco disclosed that the historical Shinyo Mar Japanese warship carrying some 750 US soldiers held as captives by the Japanese Imperial Army was sunk by the US naval forces. The warship was en-route to Manila and while passing thru the seawater of Sindangan, it was hit by a torpedo fired by an American Submarine on that fateful day of September 7, 1944.

The Skipper and the crew of the US Submarine did not know that the Japanese warship is boarded with US soldiers held as prisoners. The Japanese warship was totally wrecked and eventually sunk.  It was considered as a failure of intelligence on the part of the US military since they were not aware of the presence of American prisoners aboard the warship. However, 80 US soldiers survived  since they were rescued by the Macias, Lira families and Subanen tribe.

After 72 years has passed, the local government of Sindangan erected just last year a land mark to honor the bravery and heroism of the US soldiers with the Filipino soldiers fighting for freedom against Japanese Imperialism.

The Tourism official said that it is just but fitting to honor the bravery and compassion shown by the Filipino tribes in saving the American soldiers on that fateful incident.

“It took all these years to give a fitting honor to the 750 prisoners of war, but it can be done. While we pay tribute to their bravery and heroism at the same time let’s not forget the generosity of the Sindanganons. God Bless you all, We salute you”, Blanco said.

Director Butch Blanco was the guest of honor during the 73rd commeration rite of the sinking of the Japanese warship Shinyo Maru with 750 US soldiers on board in the seawater of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. (Allen Abastillas)