The Philippine Diary Project
5:00 AM Lv Hollandia.
Arr Leyte, Philippine Islands. LST grounded too far away from beach for landing. Lost stern anchor. Spent day getting afloat and recovering anchor. Bombed by
Constant air bombing by Japs. Just before beaching the ship was hit forward. 41 men killed, many hurt. Ship was set afire and some vehicles
Moved to Tacloban. Quarters in “Eureka” sawmill.
P-38 fighters arrived.
Thanksgiving Day. Went to hospital for rest & physical checkup.
Rec’d news Father died on Nov. 1. Released from hospital.
Christmas — guest of Villasin & Diaz families.
Assigned command PCAU #1.
Lv. Eureka Sawmill, Tacloban, 9:00 AM, by truck convoy, arr. Catman Hill Beach, San Roque, 12:00 noon, loaded on L.S.T. #1018.
Lv. beach 6:00 P.M., anchored in San Pedro Bay (Tacloban).
Lv. San Pedro Bay 6:00 A.M.
“A-Day”. Entered Lingayen Gulf last night. Heavy bombardment began at dawn. Zero hour — 0930.
Beached east of Lingayen, 11:00 A.M. (Yellow Beach) Debarked 2:00 P.M. Reported C.P. 37th Div. Proceeded to Malasiqui (Province of Pangasinan), bivouaced Public Market 5:30
Lv Malasiqui 8:30 A.M., Arr. Bayombang 9:00 A.M. Bivouac Elem School.
Lv Bayombang 9:00 A.M. Arr. Gerona 10:30 A.M.
Lv. Gerona 8:00 AM, arr. Concepcion 9:30 A.M. Presentation Bronze Star & Purple Heart to two EM.
Rec’d S.O. No. 21, Hq. 6th Army rc’d asgmt. and dy POAU #1 & asgd PCAU #3 eff. 29 Jan.
Lv Concepcion 9:00 AM, rep’t to G.O. PCAU #3 at Santa Maria, Pang. 5:30 PM.
Lv Santa Maria 3:40 PM, arr. Umingan 5:00.
Ret. to Santo Maria.
Ret. to Umingan.
Proceeded to Manila.
Return to Umingan.
Proceeded to Rosales.
Proceeded to San Jose, Nueva Ecija.
Lupao, N.E. Capt. Kusaki killed by guerrillas. [entry includes impression of chop in purple ink]
Lv San Jose, proceeded to Bayambang, Nueva Vizcaya.