Men of 121st Infantry (Guerrilla) Regiment of the Philippine Army awarded medals at Luna in North Luzon Philippines, a month after World War 2. Filipino women seated in spectator stands fanning themselves as they watch a military award ceremony for their relatives and friends, who served with the Philippine 121st Infantry (Guerrilla) Regiment during World War II. A Filipino soldier, on crutches (missing his left leg) with Purple Heart medal pinned to his uniform blouse. Colonel Russell W. Volckmann, commander of United States Armed Forced in the Philippines, North Luzon (USAFIP-NL), is seen shaking hands with and presenting Purple Heart medals to other Filipino soldiers as they stand in a line, most of them on crutches. Filipino soldiers parade in honor of the medal recipients.
Men of 121st Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Army awarded at Luna in North Luzon Philippines, after World War II. Soldiers watch the 'Purple Heart' medals kept on a table. Men of 121st Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Army parade across the grounds. Spectators gathered watch the ceremony from the stands. Officer pins Purple Heart medals onto the blouses of officer enlisted men. The regiments stand in formation during the ceremony. Purple Hearts pinned on the shirts.
Men of 121st Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Army awarded at Luna in North Luzon Philippines, after World War II. A plane in flight very close to the ground over the parade ground. Troops of soldiers march. Women in spectators stand with hand fans watch the ceremony. The regiment in formation during the ceremony. Regiment marches on the ground to receive the honors. Purple Heart's medal attached to the shirts of soldiers.
Aerial views from airplane flying very low over portions of Luzon, Philippines, after liberation by the U.S. in World War II. Smoke from farmers burning parts of their fields. View of Clark Field and environs. Barracks and other installations, including a hospital with red cross on the roof. Aerial view of the Holy Rosary Church in Angeles City, Pampangga, Philippines whose roof was damaged by an American Mitchell B-25 bomber on January 7, 1945. The bomber, dubbed the "SAG Harbor Express" of the 499th Bomb Squadron, had been hit by Japanese anti-aircraft artillery. 2nd Lt. Arthur Browngardt was manning the bomber, and perished with all crew as the plane crashed near Holy Angel Academy. Destroyed and damaged Japanese warplanes on Clark Field. Two Americans (one with a rifle) and a local mechanic examining an undamaged Japanese Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" bomber (tail number: 763-12). They open the fuselage door and go inside.
Enrile Elementary School in Cagayan Province, Philippines, being used as a headquarters for Filipino Luzon Guerilla Forces (LGAF). A sign on blackboard read: "Silence, Guardhouse." A guard at the entrance gate. A Filipino guerilla, with a package in hand, walks in through the gate and reports to an LGAF officer at a desk on the porch . He points out intelligence information on a map spread on the desk. The officer seated at the desk places the intelligence information in an envelope and gives it to another LGAF guerrilla, who leaves on horseback to deliver the information to friendly forces. A field in view. A wooded region. Smoke rises from areas in the wooded region. A water buffalo in the field.
On January 30, 1945, 121 members of the 6th Ranger Battalion and 286 Filipino guerrillas are seen setting out on a 30 mile trek behind Japanese lines, to free Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilians from a Japanese camp near Cabanatuan City, in the Philippines, during World War 2. They stretch out in a long, informal column as they traverse low flat lands and ford a wide shallow river. The men carry weapons and supplies (some on their heads) as they move along, almost like a Safari. Scene shifts to rescued prisoner, Major Emil P. Reed, U.s. Army Medical Corps,26th Cavalry. He was the senior officer among prisoners at the Cabanatuan prison camp number 1. He recounts being told by the Japanese Commandant that commencing January 7th, they were free at their own risk, but also assured them they would not be molested by the Japanese if they stayed within their regular camp area. Sergeant Samuel E. Goldy, Signal Corps, also speaks a few words about that period when Japanese were departing. Next the camera records the Rangers and Filipino guerillas returning with the approximately 500 freed POWs. Some Filipino women and children watch them return. At one point, the cadre climb aboard army trucks and continue their journey in a convoy. The POWs climb down from their trucks at the 92nd Evacuation Hospital, in Guimba, Luzon. Some take pleasure is simply lying down on the grass at the site. Many gather around hospital staff handing out packages of treats, including cigarettes, candy and the like. A couple of them express pleasure as they smoke cigarettes. Two frail and injured are seen hobbling with canes. Some appear seriously malnourished. A group are seen trying on new clothes. A British prisoner, Sergeant Robert Bell, Manchester Regiment, British Army, speaks of his experience. He was taken prisoner in Singapore and sent to Thailand where he worked to build a railway for the Japanese. Many prisoners died there from disease and malnutrition. He was one of a small number who survived after being on a Japanese ship with other prisoners when it was sunk by American dive bombers. Sergeant Walter Ring, of San Roque, Luzon, is seated, relaxed on a chair, as he recounts his experiences. Two young Filipino boys sit on the grass at his feet. He reaches to one, whom he says is his son Louis and to the other, his son Sam. His captivity began on Bataan in 1942. Finally, after rest and rehabilitation, the former POWs are seen heading away from the battle fronts to be transported back to the U.S.A.