By USMCR (Ret.), Captain John C. Chapin
It used to be it sounds as if a trifling occasion whilst a couple of Marine planes flew right into a muddy airfield at Tacloban at the island of Leyte within the Philippines on three December 1944. throughout them have been the weather of the big U.S. military invasion which had all started on 20 October. Seven infantry divisions and 6 military Air strength (AAF) air teams ruled the island scene. It was once the beginning of a huge crusade within which Marine aviation might play a big function. that's the crusade to disencumber the Philippines.
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With this kind of help, it is not dropped on a target. In sever- or so severely shocked from surprising that Major General al instances, entire enemy the concussions they were Clarence A. Martin, commander of platoons were burned in their positions and in other cases, unable to defend the town. the 31st, made an official report about the "invaluable assistance" On 8 May, VMSBs-241 and -133 of MAGs -12, -24, and -32. " The Japanese Infantry, had identical feelings lines were only 200 yards from the about its Marine air support.
A previously sketchy doc- with a few planes six weeks after eran squadron flyers were going the original landing in the home, and new commanding offi- Philippines. However, the Marine cers were taking over units that aerial effort grew and grew until remained on active duty. there were 18 squadrons in con- Philippine campaign. Thus, it -32 would live on to see duty in came to constitute a major element ing six weeks). The total operaanese would be killed in the ensu- the X Corps, with 4,800 tons of bombs dropped, accompanied by nearly 1,300 5-inch rockets.
George W. Garand and Truman R. S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II year. He served as a rifle platoon leader in the 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, and was wounded in action during assault landings on Roi-Namur and (Washington: Historical Division, Head- Saipan. quarters, USMC, 1971). 2. Maj Charles W. , USMC, Marine Aviation in the Transferred to duty at the Historical Division, Headquarters Marine Corps, he wrote the first official histories of the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions. Moving to Reserve status at the end of World War II, Philippines (Washington: Historical Division, Headquarters, USMC, 1951).