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Chapter 06: Manila, Philippine Islands

The USS Houston docked in Manila on July 20, 1941. At that time, Dad was still attached to the Asiatic Fleet commander. As such, Dad was stationed in the Signal Tower above the Army and Navy Officer's Club.


Manila Bay Map
Photo Courtesy US National Archives

Located 8 miles southwest of Manila was Cavite Naval Yard, a major supply and repair facility for the United States Navy Asiatic Fleet.

The Japanese attacked Cavite Naval Yard on December 10, 1941 (local time) and destroyed most of its supply and repair capabilities. The majority of ships and submarines stationed at Cavite survived the air raid, but 1000 people were killed during the attack and another 400 died later from wounds.


Cavite Naval Yard
Photo Courtesy US National Archives

General Douglas MacArthur declared Manila an "Open City" on December 10, 1941 in hopes of saving the city from invasion by the Japanese.

Manila - Open City
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