SUBIC BAY TIME LINE
- 1940's -
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President Roosevelt orders integration of military forces in the Philippines known as the U.S. Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE)
July , the Dewey Drydock, which was at Subic for 35 years, was towed to Mariveles Harbor and scuttled on 8 Apr 1942 to keep the Japanese from getting hold and use of it.
November 1st, the forward echelon of the 4th Marine Regiment arrives from China.
December 1st, the remainder of the 4th Marine Regiment arrives at Subic. The 4th Marines mission was to provide landward defense of Subic Bay.
December 14th, Japanese bombers conduct attack on Olongapo/Subic Bay area.
December 24th, The order is given to burn Subic Bay Naval Station and withdraw. Olongapo is set aflame by the local filipinos in anticipation of Japanese troop arrival. The USS New York is scuttled in Subic Bay. The Marines withdraw into Bataan.
December 25th, Fort Wint (Grande Island) is evacuated.
January 10th, 14th Infantry Division, Japanese Imperial Army arrives in Olongapo.
January PT boats from Cavite attack and sink a Japanese ship at Subic Bay.
February 1st, A PT boat attacks a Japanese ship at Subic.
February 17th, PT boats make a final attack prior to being ordered out of the Philippines.
October 20th, 4 U.S. Army Divisions land at Palo, Leyte commencing the end of the Japanese occupation.
January 29th, 40,000 U.S. Army troops land at San Antonio Zambales.
September 26th, Marines land in Manila for occupation duty.
December 13th, In Manila, the Japanese transport Oryoku Maru was loaded with 1619 POWs from the Cabanatuan Prison Camp. On the 15th the ship was sunk about 200 yards off the southern end of the main base of Subic Bay (then a Japanese Naval Base). Approximately 1300 of the POW survivors were kept within the confines of a tennis court with little to no food, water from a single spigot, and no shade, for 5 days, before being transported out again. The tennis courts which served as a temporary prison were located immediately behind the Old Spanish Gate.
July 4th, Philippine's become independent.
Olongapo is reestablished across the drainage canal to it's present site.
March 14th, The Military Bases Agreement (MBA) is signed with U.S. for 99 year term.
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