26 June 2009

San Fabian Parish Church circa January 1945

24 June 2009 - San Fabian. A photograph taken almost 64 years ago showing the San Fabian Church's belfry in ruins was given to the parish priest by the grandson of the soldier who took the photo. The photo was taken in January 1945, just after the Americans landed in San Fabian, Pangasinan. The photographer was Carl R. Thien.

Carl R. Thien was born in New York. During the war, he served as a combat photographer with the 201st CIC Corps which served in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. His grandson, Justin R. Taylan, is the creator of the website Pacific Wrecks.

The Parish Church of San Fabian, c. January 1945. (Photograph courtesy of Sgt Carl R. Thien, 201st CIC; given by Mr. Justin Taylan (grandson of Carl R. Thien).

The present church of the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, June 2009; taken from same spot as it was taken 64 years ago.
Please click HERE to see the two photos together.