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December 26, 1944

The battle of Leyte is reduced to mopping up campaigns. The 77th landed at Pomopolan to close the last part in Nip hands. Figures indicate that Jap defeat was extremely serious. Since 20 Oct. AF shot down 1015 planes while carrier planes accounted for 1233 – total of 2348. Japs lost 164,000 tons of shipping plus 27 warships in attempts to re-enforce Leyte. Casualties were 113,421 Japs of whom 54,349 were counted dead. Our losses 2,623 killed, 8,240 wounded and missing.