World Battlefronts: Lepers' Liberation

Lieut. General Robert L. Eichelberger's Eighth Army, busy winning back the Philippine Islands south of Luzon, found time for an errand of mercy. Troops of Major General Jens A. Doe's 41st Division landed on tiny Culion island, just north of Palawan, to bring freedom, food and medical supplies to the ulcerated, miserable inmates of the world's largest leper colony.

The Japanese had confiscated stocks belonging to the colony, then left the lepers to their fate. During the occupation more than 2,000 of the prewar total of 5,000 patients died of starvation or in attempts...

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