During World War II in the year 1942, the Japanese were attacking the Philippines and it was apparent that the war in the Pacific had reached a stage where the Allies must organize on a vast scale by moving the defense lines farther down into the Southwest Pacific.
There a base for grand strategy could be erected to plan such an action. General Douglas MacArthur then left the Philippines on a secret mission to Australia in order to perfect his plan, but he promised the Philippines that he would return. He left General Wainwright in full command of what troops were left there. It was impossible to reinforce General Wainwrights troop's quickly enough and eventually the Philippine Islands were captured by the Japanese.
On the morning of October 20, 1944, one of the greatest scenes in our history was enacted. The American Flag was planted on the shores of Leyte. After 948 days, MacArthur was back on the soil of the Philippines. From Australia he had fought his way back island by island, in one of the world's greatest military achievements. He had fulfilled his promise to return. All of those who took part in this greatest achievement should not be forgotten.
Please keep all of our military personnel and their families in your prayers.
Charles R. Pearson
Chaplain, Malvern Legion Post 375