USS Cleveland CL-55 Reunion Association


Mindano and Panay Islands, Philippines
March-April 1945

"The Cleveland covered unopposed landings at Ioilo City on Panay Island and Cotobato on Mindano Island."

"An interesting incident occurred during the Panay invasion. The landing was several miles from Ioilo City and I flew up to the city on reconnaissance. After circling the city a few times I noticed a group of people had come down to the beach, waving at us. They had printed in large letters in the sand, "Japs are gone." I radioed that good news back to the Cleveland. I imagine the troops walking up the road toward Ioilo City still took precautions."

--- Lt. Charles Stewart

Photo courtesy of Lt. Charles Stewart

Panay Island - LSTs at landing beach southwest of Ioilo City, March 1945



Photo courtesy of Lt. Charles Stewart

Cotobato, Mindano - Philippine Islands - April 1945



Photo courtesy of Lt. Charles Stewart

Cotobato, Mindano - Philippine Islands - April 1945



Photo courtesy of Lt. Charles Stewart

Cotobato, Mindano - Philippine Islands - April 1945



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