Dalton Pass

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Dalton Pass Marker at Nueva Vizcaya-Nueva Ecija boundary

Dalton Pass is a national shrine that commemorates United States Army general and commander James Dalton, who died after he was shot by a Japanese sniper on May 16, 1945 on the pass, then known as Balete Pass. The pass joins Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya and is about 3,000 feet above sea level, where Caraballo Sur meets the Sierra Madre.

Being the only access between Pampanga and Cagayan Valley, the pass became the scene of much bloody fighting during the final stages of World War II and bore witness to the death of almost 17,000 Japanese, American, and Filipino soldiers. Commemorative markers stand by the road’s highest point, which also offers a good view into the headlands. Dalton Pass is likewise the gateway to the Cagayan Valley Region and the Ifugao Rice Terraces.




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