Luzon Guerrilla Army Forces (LGAF), Plaque, C.O. Major Robert Lapham

Zc950. Major Robert Lapham, 3rd fm. left, Wikipedia. The joint and combined military force of the American and Filipino soldiers under the United States Army, Philippine Commonwealth Army and Philippine Constabulary under the restoration of the Commonwealth Government was aided to fought with the recognized guerrillas on the Allied Liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese Occupation from 1944 to 1945 and including left to right: Army Lieutenant Hombre Bueno (Philippine Commonwealth Army), Army Lieutenant William Farrell (United States Army), Guerrilla Leader Major Robert Lapham (Recognized Guerrilla Unit, Luzon Guerrilla Armed Force (LGAF)), Army Lieutenant James O. Johnson (United States Army), Army Lieutenant Henry Baker (United States Army), and Guerrilla Leader Lieutenant Gofronio Copcion (Recognized Guerrilla Unit, Luzon Guerrilla Armed Force (LGAF) Johnson and Farrell were graduates of the third Alamo Scouts Training Class. Baker graduated from the seventh training class and was retained as an instructor.).

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LGAF HQ Area-Plaque in Umingan Album Description

I read that the Umingan Veterans established a monument with a plaque in Commemoration of the Luzon Guerrilla Army Forces (LGAF) liberating Umingan from the Japanese Aggressors. The Commander of the LGAF, Major Robert Lapham had established his Head Quarter in the Umingan area. I also asked whether the Umingan Town had any WWII Memorials or markers; the Umingan Tourist Office did not know. They showed me the 2018 Fiesta Book and I noticed it did not say anything about WWII in it.

I traveled to Umingan Town to find it and since the Tourist Office in the Umingan Town Hall did not know about it and I looked for it myself. I found it in the Umingan Plaza but it looks very much neglected. I took pictures of the neglected LGAF Monument and of some other historical monuments in the town plaza.

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Zc951.The WWII Luzon Guerrilla Army Forces (LGAF) Memorial and Plaque in the Umingan Town Plaza; put up by the Umingan Veterans Association, honoring the Luzon Guerrillas who liberated this town from the Imperial Japanese Aggressor. Unfortunately it looks very much neglected.

Zc952.The WWII Luzon Guerrilla Army Forces (LGAF) Plaque in the Umingan Town Plaza; put up by the Umingan Veterans Association, honoring the Luzon Guerrillas who liberated this town from the Imperial Japanese Aggressor. Unfortunately it looks very much neglected and it is very hard to read.

Zc953.The WWII Luzon Guerrilla Army Forces (LGAF) Plaque in the Umingan Town Plaza; put up by the Umingan Veterans Association, honoring the Luzon Guerrillas who liberated this town from the Imperial Japanese Aggressor. Unfortunately it looks very much neglected and it is damaged.

Zc954.The WWII Luzon Guerrilla Army Forces (LGAF) Plaque in the Umingan Town Plaza; put up by the Umingan Veterans Association, honoring the Luzon Guerrillas who liberated this town from the Imperial Japanese Aggressor. The Plaque has the signature of the people who erected it, it was the people of Umingan Town, the Umingan Veterans Association. Unfortunately it looks very much neglected and it is damaged.

Zc955.The WWII Luzon Guerrilla Army Forces (LGAF) Plaque in the Umingan Town Plaza; put up by the Umingan Veterans Association, honoring the Luzon Guerrillas who liberated this town from the Imperial Japanese Aggressor. The lower part of the Memorial lists the names of the veterans; I’m sure many of these veterans were citizen of Umingan. Unfortunately it looks very much neglected and it is damaged.
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The LGAF Plaque in Umingan says this, I deciphered it:

During WWII, so that democracy shall not perish in this particular part of the globe, on May 9, 1942 in the mountains within the vicinity of Barrio Calitlitan Col. Robert B. Lapham, then 1st Lt. 803rd M.P. U. S, Army organized the Luzon Guerrilla Army Forces (LGAF) which finally composed of 164 Guerilla Squadrons and units with a total strength of an Army Division and with area of operations covering Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Pampanga under his overall command.

On Feb. 3 1945 this Municipality was liberated by the joint forces of Squadron 269 LGAF under the command of Squadron Commander Major Antonio M. Hernandez and the 27th Infantry Regt., America’s Liberating Forces under the command of Lt. Col. Philip T. Lindeman from a very stiff resistance of the Japanese Imperial Army.

-UVA- Umingan Veterans Association

The pictures above have been uploaded in high resolution into this Flickr album in case you want to try to decipher it yourself, click here:

In the internet this chapter XI of a well known publication (Triumph in the Philippines) tells the story of the liberation of this area, click here:

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Zc956. Although the Tourist Office of the Umingan Town did not know whether the town had a WWII memorial or not, I found this Memorial. It did not have any plaque or description. The two gun barrels are interesting. Could they be from Japanese tanks or artillery? The Imperial Japanese Army had a tank division defending this area.

Zc957. Although the Tourist Office of the Umingan Town did not know whether the town had a WWII memorial or not, I found this Memorial. It did not have any plaque or description. The two gun barrels are interesting. Could they be from Japanese tanks or artillery? The Imperial Japanese Army had a tank division defending this area.

Zc958. The Umingan Town did have the customary Memorial and Statures for the heroes Andres Bonifacio and Dr. Rizal.

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I shot a total of 27 images and they are all in this Photobucket album, click here:

For a Facebook presentation I only uploaded 20 images into this album, click here:

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