On Pearl Harbor Day last week, the Stars and Stripes fluttered down a flagpole, and the Philippine flag rose proudly in its place over the Philippine harbor city of Olongapo. The U.S. finally was handing the sprawling city of 60,000 back to the Filipinos, after half a century of American rule. Even after the Philippines got independence in 1946, the Navy held onto Olongapo by treaty and ran it with a stern hand as an adjunct of its big Subic Bay base, now a $250 million complex of cranes, drydocks and warehouses that service the Pacific Fleet.

The Navy's presence...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!