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the highlights in the essay
From: AURELIA BALLITOC <xxxx>
Subject: Re: military
records of Mr. Ballitoc
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 2:39 AM
HERE IS ONE
OF THE MANY BATTLES HE HAD FOUGHT:
OF THE MAYOYAO RIDGE
BATTLE FOR MAYOYAO RIDGE, MAYOYAO IFUGAO WAS THE MOST FURIOUS BATTLE FOUGHT IN THE EASTERN BONTOC/EASTERN
IFUGAO CAMPAIGN. THE 1ST BATTALION, COMPOSED OF "HQ" Co; "A" "B" OF WHICH PRIVATE 1st CLASS VICENTE BINAY_UG BALLITOC IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER,"C" and "D" COMPANIES SPEARHEADING TROOPS OF THE 1st BATTALION,
11th INFANTRY,USAFIP-NL to which they were attached,
closed in on the enemy at 1100 hours after 20 P-38 planes delivered an air strike on the enemy positions at the ridge on 31 July 1945.
1500 hours, a Japanese force with one MG positioned on the southern end of the ridge at (12.7-53) east of Mayoyao Central,
attacked "B" Company advancing towards the end of the ridge, while another enemy unit in the eastern slope of the same ridge
snipped at the men of "B" company who were in the center of the ridge.PVT 1st Class Vicente Ballitoc was second man
from left.Undaunted by the enemy's determination to hold their line, the attacking forces pressed forward until the Japanese
were forced to withdraw from their well-prepared positions.
At 2200 hours, 2 August 1945, an enemy force
of undetermined strength armed with three MGs launched another determined counterattack in a vain attempt to hit the elements
of the 11th Infantry from the rear, but it was repulsed, the Japanese leaving several dead.
was defended by a force at 400 to 500 in positions along the main trail to Mayoyao and by another force of about 200 in Central Mayoyao itself.
At exactly 1020 hours,on 7 August 1945 the
apex of Mayoyao Ridge which was the key to Mayoyao fell. This led to to the withdrawal of the Japanese force defending
Mayoyao leaving only a small force to defend Mayoyao Central.
On the eve of August 9, 1945, Mayoyao
fell to the 11th Infantry Regiments ending the Eastern Bontoc/Ifugao campaign.
NOTE: The diary is just a partial record,
apparently written before the battle at the Mayoyao Ridge.
II. WAR DIARY
January 4,1945- Volkman set this day for USAFIP-NL Demolition Day. Demolition missions were given to concentrate on roads, bridges,airfields
and communication facilities linking Japanese garrisons or strong points so as to effectively isolate them from each other.
19,1945-1st Bn of the 11th Infantry USAFIP-NL where I belong
captured Babuyan in northern Cagayan.I feared Malaria so I
did not drink water taken from the swamp or river. I drank
rain water instead.
January 23,1945-Battle of San Mateo
Bridge, between Laoag and Sarrat,
Ilocos Norte. My companions of the 1st Bn,"B" Company
burned the San Mateo Bridge then laid an ambush position
for hundreds of Japanese troops moving eastward along the
Road in an effort to reach Solsona town and
move farther eastward
in the northern Cordilleras for a
possible link-up with Japanese
units in Cagayan Province.
The engagement was almost fought for
12 hours and thank God Almighty, no one among was killed,only wounded. Around 30 Japanese were killed but it could be
more. We don't have the time to count accurately.
February 26,1945- Enemy rushing to Cervantes from Bessang Pass garrison
counter attacked but repulsed.
- "L" Co.,121st Infantry, "D" Co., 66th Infantry and my
company "B" 11th Infantry consolidated to form the GHQ
Provisional Battalion under Capt. Serafin V. Elizondo.
February 27,1945- The Philippine Commonwealth Government was formally returned
to Manila. General McArthur installed Sergio Osmena Sr as president without a vice president...
February 28, 1945-
Japanese recaptured Cervantes town
APRIL 12, 1945- My companions in 1st Bn,"b" Co., 11th Infantry seized and
occupied the town of Iguig,
North of Tuguegarao, Cagayan
Province. Thank God, I was about
to be shot in the leg but
by miracle, the bullet whizzed past
me and hit a tree
instead.Thank you God for saving me once again...Please
with us as we moved on....
June 16 ,1945-Lt. Col Daniel Donald D. Blackburn, Regimantal
11th Infantry, USAFIP-NL alerted us for an
capture Tuguegarao, capital town of Cagayan Province.We
deployed west of the Cagayan River up to Kalinga and
Blackburn set June
20 as the day of attack.
June 17, 1945- 66th Infantry Regimental Headquarters established at Comillas.My battalion
moved towards Mankayan town with the 3rd Bn, providing left security while 2nd Bn was in reserve.3rd Bn started aggressively
patrolling from Mt. Malaya.
Veterans recall Japanese occupation in Ifugao
September 9, 2009
By Vency D. Bulayungan
KIANGAN, IFUGAO -- Hundreds of veterans
and their sons and daughters converged in this historic town recently to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the surrender of
Japanese forces here.
Alejandro Puguon, 85, the District
Commander of the Veterans Association in the province recalled the treatment of the Japanese occupation back in 1943-46.
“The Japanese were friendly
to us here in Kiangan and I do not remember of any maltreatment they have shown when we were under them,” he said.
Puguon, a medical aide then, said
he usually went with the Japanese company to the battle ground to treat the wounded or give them first aide. He attributed
the good treatment to the leadership of then Mayor Jose Dulinayan.
He said Dulinayan knew how to deal
with the Japanese forces in order to save the guerillas.
Puguon calls Dulinayan a “manyana
for the manyanas” since he was excellent in delaying the plans of the Japanese forces in going after the Filipino guerillas
who were hiding in the mountains by giving wrong information to the Japanese.
However, Puguon admitted that there
was cruelty inflicted by the Japanese in the neighboring town of Lagawe where the Japanese let people drink plenty of water
then stepped on them.
"It was a gruesome scenario that
one cannot tolerate to watch," he said.
Puguon recalled that the Japanese
were very strict in implementing rules and regulations such as curfew hours. You cannot see any person walking during the
curfew hours with the fear of being hurt by the said forces, he said.
He also said the Japanese forces
burned schools thus the first missionaries have to construct makeshift tents just to educate the people.
All of these ended when General Tomoyuki Yamashita surrendered
to the American and Filipino forces in Hungduan here and was brought down to Kiangan where he signed his formal surrender.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 10, 2009.
They came to appease the dead and living
By Ben Moses Ebreo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
KIANGAN, Ifugao –a group of
Japanese officials on 1/30/2009 paid respects to their dead in a Buddhist ceremony called the okyo, which is similar to Ifugao’s
bogwa (bone washing)…the skeletal remains of 509 Japanese soldiers who died during WWII were burned. The bones were
retrieved & collected from different provinces and burned on the grounds of the Kiangan Central School in Barangay Poblacion. …Enryo Sugiwaka, the Buddhist high priest who led
the okyo, said the ritual was meant to free the soul of the dead soldiers so these would return to their country. It was also
aimed to bring peace of mind to their families and loved ones, he said…. “The bogwa culture of the Cordillera
helped us a lot since we can easily identify that the bones we dug up belong to Japanese soldiers because Cordillerans gather
the remains of their dead and place them inside their houses. Definitely, the bones that we retrieved were 80 percent Japanese,”
Santos Bayucca said….war artifacts dug up with the bones – metal helmets, bullets, dog tags, a machinegun, a samurai
sword, medicine bottles, belt buckles, hand grenades and water bags – revealed more information….Among the important
finds was a power generator believed to belong to Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita, a top commander of the Japanese Imperial Army in
Asia during World War II. Yamashita surrendered to American forces in Kiangan in 1945. With
a report from EV Espiritu
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