Diary entries on the Leyte Landing: October, 1944

[caption id="attachment_5176" align="alignleft" width="300"] Philippine President Sergio Osmeña (center) and General Douglas MacArthur (right) on board a landing craft en route to the Leyte landing beaches, October 20, 1944.At left are Lieutenant General George C. Kenney and Lieutenant General Richard K. Sutherland. At the extreme right, with his head turned toward MacArthur, is Brigadier General..

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25-Sept.-45

At 10:30 this a.m. the patients that we had aboard were unloaded. I believe that there was a 150 of them. At 1630 we took aboard ship around 80 passengers of some hosp. unit and at 1730 we pulled anchor and started on our way to Manila.

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24-Sept-45

We are still in the harbor off the coast of Leyte. We were supposed to unload the patients here that we have aboard but the orders have been delayed. Some Filipinos came out to our ship trying to sell a few handmade articles, but I don’t think that they have very much business selling their..

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23-Sept. -45

We sighted the Philippines at 11:00 today and remained in sight of the islands the rest of the day. At around 1730 this evening we dropped anchor right off the coast of Leyte in the Philippine Islands. Tacloban is the city in this harbor and it is the capitol of Leyte. This is the place..

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Nov. 27, 1944

First attack of cruise. About 15 suicide planes came in with simulated IFF while we were fueling. Cast off all lines and formed a huge circle at flank speed with big and small boys alternating. Eleven were exploded or disabled before completing their dives. COLORADO and ST. LOUIS were hit. Before the explosion, the fantail..

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November 27, 1944

First attack of cruise. About 15 suicide planes came in with simulated IFF while we were fueling. Cast off all lines and formed a huge circle at flank speed with big and small boys alternating. Eleven were exploded or disabled before completing their dives. COLORADO and ST. LOUIS were hit. Before the explosion, the fantail..

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Nov. 25, 1944

Arrived Philippine Islands. Guarding Leyte Gulf in company with: NEW MEXICO (BB 40) COLORADO (BB 45) MARYLAND (BB 464) WEST VIRGINIA (BB 48) CTG 77.2 MINNEAPOLIS (CA 36) SToeEOUIS (EL ay) COLUMBIA (CL 56) MONTPELIER (CL 57) DENVER (CL 58) CONY (DD 508) WALLER (DD 4646) EATON (DD 510) PRINGLE (DD 477) MUSTIN (DD 413)..

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November 24, 1944

Arrived Philippine Islands. Guarding Leyte Gulf in company with: NEW MEXICO (BB 40) COLORADO (BB 45) MARYLAND (BB 464) WEST VIRGINIA (BB 48) CTG 77.2 MINNEAPOLIS (CA 36) ST. LOUIS (CL 49) COLUMBIA (CL 56) MONTPELIER (CL 57) DENVER (CL 58) CONY (DD 508) WALLER (DD 4646) EATON (DD 510) PRINGLE (DD 477) MUSTIN (DD..

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