February: The U.S. Army returns to Cabanatuan, recovering diaries, photographs and camp records. MacArthur visits the POWs.
February 3: U.S. forces enter Manila. For a month, the Japanese fight back. Manila is destroyed. One hundred thousand civilians, roughly 14 percent of the city's population, perish.
February 10: Claire Phillips, the night club owner and spy, is liberated from prison.
March 3: General Krueger presents awards to the Army Rangers, Alamo Scouts and Filipino guerrillas.
March 8: 272 survivors of Cabanatuan arrive in San Francisco aboard the S.S. General Anderson.
May 8: President Harry Truman announces the end of the war in Europe via radio (V-E Day).
August 6: Truman announces the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan by a U.S. Army Air Force B-29 bomber named Enola Gay.
August 14: Truman announces the end of war with Japan at a press conference (V-J Day).
September 2: Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita surrenders the Philippines, the same day as Japan's formal surrender.