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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Battle of Manila
Going through the garage, I came across a group of seven tiny photographs. They appear to have been taken after the Battle of Manila in World War II. I wish I knew where they came from or why they were in my garage.
They are in your garage because the fates know your are a history buff. Or perhaps you stumbled upon a Christmas present that someone 'tried' to hide from you. All I can really say is, I understand your pain. At one time I started a blog feature of "things that get stuck in the Garage" That could keep me busy for a long time.
of the 7 pictures, three of them seemed to be government edifices. one, a commercial building and the other three are spanish colonial roman catholic churches.
I didn't know so much heavy fighting has taken place in Manila in 1945. It looks terrible and devastating. A quick search reveals some of the buildings:
1: Bureau of Commerce Building.
4: Legislative Building.
5: Aduana building.
Well, you have said that you were born on Guam. It may be that your father was deployed to the Philippines in the fighting there in 1945, as Rob identifies.
I lived on Guam as a child in the late fifties, and its dominant feature was the navy base.
Hafa Adai, Mary! My father was not in the military. He taught at the University of Guam, so we lived on the southern side of the island. My grandfather was in the Navy during WWII, but all his things were destroyed in a garage fire, so I know the pictures didn't come from him either. My other grandfather was not in the military, so it's a mystery to me how the photos appeared. If someone wants them, e-mail me and I'll send them to you.
Today the same venue where the buildings once stood are converted to commercial properties.
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