On January 10, 1945, the second day of shelling Lingayen, the famous guerrilla leader, Major Antonio Garcia had to do something to save the people of Lingayen who were dying in the American shelling. Intelligence was unaware the Japanese had withdrawn and all that remained were the Filipinos who were hiding in the churches that were being shelled. Major Garcia asked two of his sergeants to accompany his to Lingayen, and in uniform, the three found a banka (like a low shallow canoe with one outrigger) and took it. They rowed from shore, with their American flag atop a pole held at the center of the banka by Major Garcia. They rowed out to the ships that were shelling the shore and approached the USS Currituck, a seaplane tender that had its guns pointing at them. Amid great tension, they approached and climbed aboard. Major Garcia immediately communicated to Rear Admiral Frank Wagner, Commander Aircraft Seventh Fleet whose flag was flown from the seaplane tender Currituck, to order the cessation of shelling Lingayen. Admiral Wagner gave the order and the shelling came to an immediate halt. There is a famous photo in the National archives (one of two similar photos of different guerrillas at different beaches) of Antonio Garcia and his sergeants rowing to the Currituck, photo taken from the Currituck.