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AdvertisementFor four days in late October 1944, the United States and Japan fought one of the largest battles in naval history.

This is the first in a series of posts examining how the battle is remembered by the nations it affected, primarily the United States, Japan, and the Philippines.

The people of the Philippines are often consigned a minor role in treatments of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Filipinos mounted a bitter insurgency in response to the Japanese invasion, encouraged both by Japanese depredations and the promise of independence from the United States.

Military and diplomatic officials from the United States and Australia are expected to participate in the inauguration.

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