For many Filipinos, among the enduring memories of World War 2 is how American General Douglas MacArthur made good on his promise to return to the Philippines and defend it against Japanese invaders, landing on the shores of Leyte in 1944.
One of the US soldiers who was with him when he fulfilled his “I shall return” promise to Filipinos was US Navy Lt. Commander Daniel Chandler.
Chandler was deployed during the Asia-Pacific campaign, notably during MacArthur’s 1944 Leyte landing and the Lingayen Gulf landing in 1945, which led to the Philippines’ liberation from the Japanese.
He survived the Lingayen Gulf Landing after a Kamikaze plane hit his unit’s ship.