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Destroyed Catholic Church at Dulag, Leyte

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Statue of the Sacred Heart at the Catholic church stands after complete destruction of the 18th-Century building. Dulag was shelled by battleships and bombed by carrier planes from October 17-20, 1944, prior to Sixth Army‘s XXIV Corps landings on A-Day, October 20. The town‘s mayor, Marcial Lagunzad, was killed along with many other civilians. Almost every structure was completely obliterated. The United States Army‘s 96th Infantry Division, 18Fourth Infantry, commanded by Colonel Curtis D. O‘Sullivan, was to land on Yellow Beach 1 and Yellow Beach 2 near Dulag and then drive inland, directing its main effort toward an early seizure of the airfield west of Dulag. It was also to seize and secure the crossings of the Daguitan River. The 18Fourth Infantry landed at 1000 Hours, two battalions abreast – the First on the southern half of Yellow Beach and the 3d on the northern half. They encountered surprisingly little resistance on either beach and were able to push inland at a much greater speed than had been anticipated. The 3d Battalion drove through the town of Dulag, which lay directly in its path, to the Dulag-Burauen Highway. The First Battalion pushed inland and reached the highway at 1210, just fifteen minutes after the 3d Battalion. At 1530 the two battalions established physical contact and maintained it throughout the day as they continued their advance along the highway. Eleven Japanese had been killed in the 18Fourth Infantry‘s zone. After the front line moved on, the ruins were used as a hospital. The church was not rebuilt as a war memorial to those who sought refuge during the war.
Image Filename wwii1062.jpg
Image Size 1.90 MB
Image Dimensions 2369 x 2932
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed October 20, 1944
Location Church of the Sacred Heart
City Dulag
State or Province Leyte
Country Philippines
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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