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30 color snapshots that capture street scenes of Olongapo,…

30 color snapshots that capture street scenes of Olongapo, Philippines in the mid-1970s.

In 1901 Colombia minted special coins for use …

In 1901 Colombia minted special coins for use in leper colonies. Following the first leprosy congress in Berlin in 1897, the nation minted coins in five values for use in three colonies. The point was to keep leprosy from being spread, by preventing money touched by lepers from getting circulated throughout the population.

The Philippines followed suit in 1913, followed by Japan and Malaysia. The United States produced special coins for a colony in the Panama Canal Zone. The coins were produced to protect healthy people, but in 1938 Gordon Alexander Ryrie, director of Malaysia’s Sungei Buloh Settlement, proved that the disease can’t spread by such casual contact. His colony burned the notes it had printed.

Burial at sea for the officers and men of the …

Burial at sea for the officers and men of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Intrepid who lost their lives when the carrier was hit by Japanese kamikaze aircraft during operations in the Philippines, 1944.

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Eric Miller, officer in the U.S. Army and the …

Eric Miller, officer in the U.S. Army and the colonial governor of Palawan, Philippines, with the son of Datu Batarosa, a powerful Moro chief. 1905 hand colored photograph

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Marlon Brando fascinated by a dragonfly on the set of…

Marlon Brando fascinated by a dragonfly on the set of “Apocalypse Now”, Pagsanjan, Philippines, 1976

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Corregidor Island, a small island at the entrance to Manila Bay….

Corregidor Island, a small island at the entrance to Manila Bay. It is an important strategic point – whoever controls the island, controls Manila. And with it the Philippines. Since the Spanish first built a base on the island in 1570, Corregidor has been captured, and held, by the Dutch, the British, the Americans, the Japanese, and the Americans again.

It was taken in May 1942 by Japanese forces after months of near-constant bombardment. Corregidor marked the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese Empire. When American forces retook Corregidor in February 1945, it was another marker of the long, slow, and inexorable island-hopping campaign to push the Japanese back into Japan. That 1945 battle was the last action that Corregidor saw.

Today, it is an open-air museum. All across Corregidor are the ruins of the World War II military base, with bomb-ravaged buildings left as they were and many large guns still in place.

“Knocking Out the Moros” from the “US Army in Action” Series….

“Knocking Out the Moros” from the “US Army in Action” Series. The Battle of Bagsak Mountain in the Philippines, 11 to 15 June 1913. The 8th ID and Philippine Scouts defeated the Moros, unconquered during several centuries of Spanish rule.

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“Follow Me” US Army in Action Series: Red Beach, Leyte,…

“Follow Me” US Army in Action Series: Red Beach, Leyte, Philippines. With the 3/34th Infantry pinned down, Colonel Aubrey Newman shouts: “Get up and get moving! Follow me!” 20 October 1944

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Madame J. C. De Veyra, wife of the Philippino Commissioner to…

Madame J. C. De Veyra, wife of the Philippino Commissioner to the United States and president of the Woman’s Club of Manila which has led in the suffrage movement for women of the Philippines.

Japanese soldier holding Japanese flag following invasion and…

Japanese soldier holding Japanese flag following invasion and take over of Mindoro, Philippines, 1942.

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