In all of the visceral, raw images of war, few are as intimate as this portrait. This image of a young Filipino Resistance fighter, Gerilino Bening, has an arresting intensity. Bening was attached to Company “B”, 96th Infantry Regiment, during the Battle of Leyte (codename: King Two). Although his age is not known, he looks jarringly young to be in uniform and carrying a gun — let alone walking into battle. This battle was an amphibious invasion of the Gulf of Leyte in the Philippines, taken on by U.S. forces and Filipino resistance and guerrilla fighters. It served as the beginning of the Philippines Campaign, which would end almost three years of Imperial Japanese occupation.
Leyte, Eastern Visayas, Philippines.