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Battle for Luzon, Philippines

Discussion in 'Land Warfare in the Pacific' started by Philscout, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Another well written story, David. Thanks for your efforts to make these WWII veteran's stories available to others.
     
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    That's almost the entire US Army in the Pacific. There were a total of 21 Army divisions in the theater, of which 20 saw combat (the 98th was still in Hawaii at war's end but was planned to participate in the invasion of Japan). The only one missing was the 27th which had fought on Saipan and was preparing for Okinawa.

    XXIV Corps comprising the 7th, 77th, and 96th Divisions fought on Leyte, the first battle of the Philippine campaign, then was held out of further operations to prepare for Okinawa.
     
  3. dcordero

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    Thanks Tommy. I have a couple others I'd like to share if you are interested.
     
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    "Knowledge not shared is lost"
     
  5. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Absolutely. Feel free to post your veteran interviews in the section What Granddad did in the War.
     
  6. CAW1

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    Yes, Mac thought highly of all his troops, including his "pet" 1st Cavalry Divison that escorted him into Tokyo and was involved in most his post-war ceremonial activities. It's why much of the occupational infrastructure in post war Japan carried the honorary names of 1st Cavalry troopers. He supposedly enjoyed the flamboyant bravery of the 1st Cav, which continued to carry that brave mystique, through the Vietnam War with units like 1st Cav-Air Mobile. He thought highly enough of the 1st Cav to allow them to carry his battle streamers. But not highly enough to defer their deaths to the application of a sterile, non-glorious A-Bomb. My uncle was killed in action 6 months before Japan surrendered after serving straight through from Dec/42' until his death in Mar/45'. But hey, they named a major Japanese Occupational Camp after him, which would contribute to the US forces in the Korean War. That was Mac's next "thoughtful" action with American lives. My personal opinion is that my uncle died, most likely, because Mac insisted on settling his scores of honor personally. Truman may have been complicit in delaying the A-Bomb to allow him to do so, personally, with no fallout.
    http://ww2f.com/threads/pfc-jeston-...y-1st-cavalry-division-82nd-fab-batt-a.68776/
     
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  7. Scott Rogerson

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    While I agree that less is said and written about the Army's role in the Pacific during WWII, I believe that the entire theater in general is overshadowed by Europe. However, I do not want to take away from all who served. There is a lot of information out there on the Armies role in the Pacific. The Center For Military History is a good place to start. The reading is tough, and be prepared to research, but it took the Army, Marines, and Navy (Army Air Corp) to defeat Japan. Lets not disparage other's service.

    For example, in Guadalcanal, there wasn't any real day to day reports and communication due to the lack of support for the first six months. There was tons of valuable information that Marines lost by not having those records.
     

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