Hartle and the Philippines, 1930-1932
In 1910, Russell P. Hartle graduated from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, with the Honor graduate commission of Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Infantry. His first assignment was in the Philippines in 1910. Hartle later returned to Baguio City in the Philippines in 1930. Hartle next was assigned to Shanghai in 1932 as senior commander of the 31st Infantry Division with the mission of protecting American lives and property during the Japanese invasion of China.
On October 25, 1903, Theodore Roosevelt established Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines, as the rest & recreational facility for the US Military and Department of Defense in the Far East. This U.S. base was named after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of State. Initially, Camp John Hay covered an area of 535 acres, expanding to 690 acres. This base is historic in that World War II in the Philippines began and ended at Camp John Hay. The first Japanese bomb was dropped on Camp John Hay in December 1942. Later it was captured by the Japanese. The base was the site where General Yamashita signed the Japanese surrender of the Philippines on September 3, 1945. In 1991, Camp John Hay was handed over to the Philippines government.
The photograph, taken November 24, 1932, shows Hartle, as Director of the Army and Navy Club (A and N Club), Baguio Branch, Philippines. Also pictured are Major General J. A. Hull, U.S.A. Retired and President of the A and N Club; Major General E. E. Booth, Commanding General Philippines Department; Brigadier General H. J. Brees; Captain H. Adamson, Secretary of A and N Club, Manila, PI; and Captain J. R. Boatwright, Secretary, Baguio Branch A and N Club.
Camp John Hay
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