February 1, 2018

17-Year Old Lone Survivor of a Japanese Attack on Civilians, 1945

17-year old lone survivor of a Japanese attack on unarmed civilians in Taal, 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives.
17-year old lone survivor of a Japanese attack on unarmed civilians in Taal, 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives.
Date Taken: 19 October 1945

Original Caption: Milagros Barrion, 17, was the sole survivor of a group of 13 unarmed civilians whom the Japanese cornered in a cane field, under a mango tree at Barrio Maabud, Taal, Batangas Province, Luzon, P.I. (for Philippine Islands) during the Jap “(unreadable) up” process. After they had killed all those in the town that they could find, first grenading them, and then going among the bodies, bayoneting them as they lay dying on the ground. This girl lay until dark in the field which the Japs had set afire, until the guerrillas came during the night to investigate the fire.

The reader will please noted that Barrio Maabud is presently part of the Municipality of San Nicolas, which separated from Taal in 1955 to become a town of its own.

Source: United States National Archives. The photo was colorized courtesy of Algorithmia.



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