Subic Bay pre WWII

Zc697. This is the Spanish Gate or West Gate of the Naval Station Olongapo. We are looking west; going thru that gate takes you to the Naval Reservation Town of Olongapo. We don’t have a date for this picture but it must be pre war. That looks like garden and landscaping in front of residential units, which I saw on another picture at the location. This picture was provided by Bert Caloud in 2015.

—————————-
These are Subic Bay historical pictures I have received from my USMC friend Bert Caloud, thank you Bert and the USMC! Some pictures were received from others!
—————————-

Zc698. A Marine is guarding a prisoner work detail in the Naval Reservation Town of Olongapo, we have no date but it must be pre war. This picture was provided by Bert Caloud in 2015.

Zc699. USS Jason in the Dewey Dry-dock AFD-1 on the 9th of March 1932 at Naval Station Olongapo, in the Naval Reservation, Philippine Islands (P.I.).

Zc700. USS Pennsylvania BB-38 in the Dewey Dry Dock AFD-1 at Naval Station Olongapo, in the Naval Reservation, Philippine Islands (P.I.).

Zf316. No. 13.1942 4 10 OLONGAPO wirephoto view 1

This is a pre WWII image of the Naval Station Olongapo in Subic Bay. The original, a marked-up copy, 3 zoomed/cropped pieces and the back of the picture source description are also posted here in high resolution, in this Flickr album, scroll down, click here:

This picture was bought in the www by the Army Lt. Chester K. Britt Research Team. They completed their book, called: Relentless Hope: A True Story of War and Survival, by David L. Britt

Lt Britt was an Army Officer assigned to Fort Wint on Grande Island in Subic Bay. When the Philippine and American Forces abandoned the Subic Bay area Lt. Britt took his Philippine Scouts and Philippine Army Soldiers to Bataan with their 155mm GPF artillery guns and fought there to the end.

This Army Officer survived as a POW of the Japanese, rides on 3 Hell Ships and continued his active duty in the Army. That is what the above book is about.

This picture, numbered No.13 in that Flickr album, apparently was obtained from the Acme News Photos news agency. It has the date April 10, 1042 on the back of it, see picture No 14. That date cannot be the date the picture was shot because the Dewey dry dock had been towed to Mariveles and was scuttled and so was USS Rochester; it was scuttled in Subic Bay before that date.

The reason the Army Lt. Chester K. Britt Research Team and I are so interested to get a clearer copy of this picture is because of picture No 01 in that Flickr album. That is probably a very unique and probably the only picture of the Fleet Waiting Shack in the Naval Station Olongapo. And we wanted to find out where it was. We believe that is the location as indicated in picture No. 15 in that album.

Zf317. No. 14. 1942 4 10 OLONGAPO wirephoto view 5. This is on the back of picture No. 13 in this album. It has the date April 10, 1042. That date cannot be the date the picture was shot because the Dewey dry dock had been towed to Mariveles and was scuttled and so was USS Rochester; it was scuttled in Subic Bay before that date.

Zf318. No. 15. 1942 4 10 OLONGAPO wirephoto view 1 – Copy. This is marked up copy of the picture No 13 in this album to give you landmarks and some history.

————————————————————–

Olongapo prewar Naval Yard

Presented here are two aerial views of the former Olongapo Naval Yard, pre war, and about the same area which had become the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) post war, and is now an industrial maritime facility in the present Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ).

Zf530. This older pre WWII picture of the Olongapo Naval Yard I received earlier (but I don’t remember from who or where from) and it was mirror type reversed and I had to learn how to flip it. Thank you friend, whoever sent this image to me!

Zf531. This SBFZ Rivera & Alava Wharf area picture is a screen shot from Google Earth, covering about the same area and a view with the same angle. A very interesting view of the area, pre war and post war, notice all the Olongapo residential homes which are gone now, off- Base or now off SBFZ.

Late note from Karl: David Lessard said this re possible landfill with all that watery land around:  Look at the bottom left corner at the small mountain there. Some of my WWII era old Filipino friends told me they removed that for fill and what remains is a lagoon.

I, Karl, added this: David Lessard Thanks David, I missed that hill. That is the first picture ever I saw with that hill in it. Thanks a lot! I heard that story many times also.

That lagoon still exists and in 1976 it was beautified by the Navy and was called the Bicentennial Lagoon and Park.

Then after the turnover of the Subic Base Naval Base to the Philippine Authorities, the people of Olongapo, under the leadership of Richard Gordon, built a beautiful Memorial to honor all the thousands of volunteers (all the names are inscribed) that helped preserve the turned over Subic Bay facilities and made it what it is today, the successful Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ)


Olongapo 4th July 1919 Victory Parade

Eight images about Olongapo on the Subic Bay Naval Reservation in 1919 of a victory Parade on the 4th of July 1919. Olongapo, then, was located just west of the Spanish Gate of the Navy Yard, Olongapo Naval Station. These pictures were provided by the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia.

This collection is from a former Santo Tomas internee, Jane Frederickson; nee Doner.  Her collection is now Record Group-173.  In the collection were photocopies of those photos.  No photographs, just the photocopies, the MacArthur Memorial doesn’t know where she got the originals, she copied them from.  Hopefully somewhere in the collection there will be an explanation. 

These 8 images have been uploaded in high resolution into this Flickr album:

Uploaded to Flickr Subic Bay Historic Collection, to the album Subic Bay Historic Images in high resolution:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/44567569@N00/sets/72157647790469238/

For this notice, I chose only 2 images:

Zf682. This is one of 8 Eight images about Olongapo on the Subic Bay Naval Reservation in 1919 of a victory Parade on the 4th of July 1919. Olongapo, then, was located just west of the Spanish Gate of the Navy Yard, Olongapo Naval Station. These pictures were provided by the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia.

Zf683. This is one of 8 Eight images about Olongapo on the Subic Bay Naval Reservation in 1919 of a victory Parade on the 4th of July 1919. Olongapo, then, was located just west of the Spanish Gate of the Navy Yard, Olongapo Naval Station. These pictures were provided by the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.