The 3rd Bomb Group’s Combat Debut: Prelude to the Royce Raid

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The Pacific War raged on as the men endured the Bataan Death March.

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By April 1942, the 3rd Bomb Group was about two weeks into training on the B-25. This training was suddenly put to the test when an order came through for any operational 3rd Bomb Group B-25s to fly to Port Moresby for a raid on the Japanese airfield at Gasmata on April 6th. These planes and crews came from the 13th Squadron, since they already had their new bombers. Six B-25s took off from Charters Towers, Australia on April 5th for a night’s stay in Port Moresby, prepared to hit Gasmata on the 6th. The 13th Squadron C.O., Capt. Herman Lowery, would lead the strike.

The next day, five of the B-25s took off (the sixth was unable to) without a fighter escort due to the distance to the target. This was the official combat debut of the B-25. The 350-mile flight from Port Moresby to Gasmata was pushing the…

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From those that were there… (4)

Just prior to starting the Bataan Death March

Just prior to starting the Bataan Death March

Lester Tenney was out of Chicago, Illinois and into the US Army 192nd Tank Battalion when the Bataan Death March made it’s infamous mark in history.  It has been 69 years since since his released ______

Lester Tenney

Lester Tenney

“The march became known as the Bataan Death March, not just because of how many died, but because of they way they died.  If you stopped, you were killed.  If you had a malaria attack and had to stop for help, you were killed.  If you had dysentery and had to stop to relieve yourself, you were killed. Without food or water and with constant beatings, the march became unbearable.  Seeking a drink  of water from a caribou wallow resulted in dysentery and drinking water from a free-flowing artesian well resulted in being killed.

“And how did they kill you?  By shooting or bayoneting you or by decapitation.  And in one instance, burying the soldier alive.  The March was the beginning of 3½ years of hell.  If you survived the Bataan Death March, you were then sent to Japan on old Japanese freighters [Hell Ships] whose military officers refused to place Red Cross or POW markings on the ships — thereby making them targets for American submarines and air force fighter planes.

Lester Tenney

Lester Tenney

If you survived the Bataan Death March, the POW camp in the Philippines and the ship to Japan, you were then placed into forced labor with some of Japan’s leading industrial giants and required to work their mines, on their docks or in their factories.

Hospital building at POW camp # 17

Hospital building at POW camp # 17

“The companies failed to feed us adequately, failed to take care of our medical needs and failed to stop the physical abuse that was orchestrated and carried out by the civilian workers of those same Japanese companies.  The everyday beatings with shovels, hammers and pick-axes caused severe lifetime injuries to those of us who survived.”

A more recent photo of Mr. Tenney

A more recent photo of Mr. Tenney

Mr. Tenney’s WWII profile lists: Camp O’Donnell, Camp Cabanatuan, and the Fukuoka camp # 17, Matsui coal mine.  He has written his autobiography in “My Hitch in Hell.”  The story and information in this post is from: CNN.com and www. CVCRA. org.

Book cover of "My Hitch in Hell" released in Japan.

Book cover of “My Hitch in Hell” released in Japan.

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Military Humor –  Rivalries___

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Albert Adler – Brooklyn, NY; US Navy, Quartermaster, USS Ault

James Brickel – DC & FL; US Air Force, LtGeneral, pilot, Silver Star, Air Force Cross

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John Farley – Saskatoon, CAN; RC Navy, WWII

Lewis Johns – Middlemore, NZ; RNZ Air Force # 442756

Glen Noel – Portland, OR; US Army, WWII

Judith Stinson – Sydney, AUS; Australian Army Nursing Corps

George Storch – Chicago, IL; US Army, WWII

Paul Tidwell Jr. – Delray, FL; US Air Force, Korea

Raimond Winslow – Falmouth, ME; USMC, WWII, PTO, 1st Marine Division

Bernard Zimmerman – Palos Park, IL; US Army, WWII, Signal Corps

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From those that were there… (3)

 

Richard Gordon, MP, 1942

Richard Gordon, MP, 1942

Richard M. Gordon was born and raised in NYC’s neighborhood called “Hell’s Kitchen” and when asked where he preferred to serve, the Philippines or Panama, he chose the point on the map farthest away from the ‘old neighborhood.’  Gordon was originally with F Company/31st US Infantry Regiment, but was transferred to help form a new unit, the 12th MPs, the only Philippine Scout Unit with both American and Filipino enlisted men.  He made a point to start his interview off with ___

“I was captured – I did not surrender.  Most of my fellow soldiers felt as I did – that we could not lose.  We believed it was just a question of when the promised reinforcements would arrive.  We were lied to – but by Washington, not by General Douglas MacArthur.

12th MP Brass

12th MP Brass

“We never knew defeat was imminent until our commanding general told us he had surrendered.  At the time, no one believed him, and when they found out it was true, many were in tears.  We felt we indeed had been ‘expendable.’  During a later prison camp session held by our Bataan garrison CO, MGen. Edward P. King, Jr., before he was shipped out to Mukden, Manchuria, he told us we had been asked to lay down a bunt to gain time.  The baseball metaphor was probably the best way to explain why we were there in the first place.

 

“Gen. Lough gave us the word of our unit’s surrender.  After hearing this, we camped in combat positions on Mount Bataan, known at the time as Signal Hill.  A small group of us went farther up the mountain, in an effort to avoid surrender.  Several days passed with no sign of the enemy.  Hungry and in need of provisions, Cpl. Elmer Parks [of Oklahoma] and I volunteered to drive down the hill to our last position in search of supplies.  Elmer was driving and I was riding shotgun in a Dodge pickup truck.  We gathered up a number of Garand M1 rifles and decided to go a little farther down the road.

The Mariveles, today

The Mariveles, today

“…we came upon a huge banyan tree, so large it served as a road divider.  As we approached, a lone Japanese soldier holding a rifle stepped out from behind it.  Elmer stopped the truck and we stared at one another.  The thought of attempting to run occurred to both of us, as did the thought of picking up one of the M1s.  But neither of us did a thing other than stare at the Japanese soldier.  Finally, he motioned to us to get out of the truck.

“At that moment, 10 -15 more Japanese came out of the brush.  They surely had us in their sights all the time.  These were front-line troops, scouring the area for enemy resistance.  They took turns hitting us with the butts of their rifles.  We were searched and any valuables we had – were taken.  On our way down the mountain I saw our battalion commander, Major James Ivy, bare from the waist up and dead with countless bayonet holes in his back.

Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon

“Walking down that mountain…where the road leveled off into the West Road of Bataan…That night was so dark and confused that I immediately lost contact with Elmer.  I assumed he had died.  I never saw him again – until a reunion 47 years later at Fort Sill, OK.”

Richard Gordon remained a POW until the end of the war, but continued his military career and retired a Major in the U.S. Army.  He is the founder of the Battling Bastards of Bataan Group.  Major Gordon passed away 26 July 2003 and is buried at Arlington Cemetery.  The information here was compiled from both the Philippine Scout Heritage Society and historynet.com

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Farewell Salutes – 

Richard Bissette – Essey Junction, VT; (’42) US Coast Guard, WWII; (’46) USMC; US Army, Korea, Sgt. Major, (Ret. 34 combined years)

Walter Figg Jr. – Louisville, KY; US Army, WWIImilitary

Walter Geisinger – Springfield, VA; US Air Force, LtColonel, (Ret.)

Earl Knight – Yuma, AZ; US Army, WWII

James MacRae – Mount Prospect, IL; US Army, WWII, 14th Armored Div.

Irvine Mitchell – Hamilton, NZ; RNZ Air Force # 421748, WWII, pilot

James Schwantes – Mayville, WI, US Army, WWII

Kenneth Tobin – Kingia AUS; 5th Australian Army

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A rough background …

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THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN MY FATHER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY – FOR THOSE OF YOU NEW TO THIS SITE – SMITTY AND HIS 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION ARE THE REASON THIS WEBSITE EXISTS – PLEASE MEET OR RE-ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH MY FATHER.

Originally posted on pacificparatrooper:

Pvt. Everett "Smitty" Smith, Camp MacKall, NC

Pvt. Everett “Smitty” Smith, Camp MacKall, NC

RE-POSTED IN HONOR OF SMITTY’S 100TH BIRTHDAY

Everett Smith was born Dec. 12, 1914 and grew up across from the gentle waves of Jamaica Bay on an island one mile long and barely four blocks wide.  This was the tight-knit community of Broad Channel, New York.  He resided with his mother

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Anna on peaceful East 9th Road and spent his days between school, working and helping to care for his grandmother.  Everett’s nickname had always been “Smitty” and so, the name of his fishing station came to be.  In 1939, at 24 years of age, he married a woman named Catherine and she joined the Smith household.

boats on Jamaica Bay from Smitty's Boat Station

boats on Jamaica Bay from Smitty’s Boat Station

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From those that were there… (2)

Photos in Mr. Coloma's collection

Photos in Mr. Coloma’s collection

Elias Coloma was a Filipino scout when the war started.   The following is part of Mr. Coloma’s story.

“You’d hear boom-boom-boom,” the forward observer said in his interview.  “And wherever those shells dropped, they killed someone because we were too many people all in one place.”  Four months it lasted.  When C-rations ran out, Coloma’s 86th Field Artillery Battalion ate horses.  Then monkeys.  Then Grass.  Then weeds.  “The shelling was continuous.  Night and day.”

“At first it [the march] didn’t seem so bad.  The Japanese told me I could walk home, so I followed the endless line of men in the road.  We began to realize it was really different when the weak people were pulled off the side of the road and short or bayoneted.

Luzon, P.I., Bataan Death March

Luzon, P.I., Bataan Death March

“Sometimes the guard would open their mouth with a weapon and shoot them.  We marched without sleeping.  In the hot sun we marched and at night we marched.  No food and no water, okay?  No rest.  If there was mud on the side of the road, we’d try to drink from it.  If there was wild rice, we’d pick the grain and put it in our pocket.  Sometimes the guard would allow it.  Sometimes they’d tie the prisoner to a tree and shoot him – Boom – as an example.

“I told myself, ‘I will survive.’  I wanted to go home.  On the 5th day we were crammed into boxcars in San Fernando.  No one could sit down.  When the doors finally opened in Capas, the survivors marched 9 more miles to Camp O’Donnell.  I was lucky,” said Coloma [whose weight dropped from 130 to 70 pounds], “I kept an old meat can, not washed, clipped to my pants.  With that, I ate a bowl of rice and a cup of water a day.

Sgt. Coloma

Sgt. Coloma

“In July, the Japanese transferred prisoners to another camp.  A crowd of Filipino civilians waited outside the gate to watch the prisoners pass.  One civilian pulled me out of line and threw a shirt over me.  They took me village to village until I was home [in Guimba, in central Luzon].  Then I said, I’m free.

“I can’t describe it.  All I had was a determination to survive, that’s all.  I can’t say anymore.”

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Elias Coloma went on to fight as a guerrilla with Major Robert Lapham and his Raiders throughout the war.  He then re-joined the US Army which promoted him and brought him to America.  He retired from active duty in 1962 as a Master Sergeant and rose to Captain in the reserves.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Victor Begovic – Browns Bay, NZ; British Merchant Navy # R339598

Frederick Drew – Glen Head, NY; US Army, 123rd Signal Batt,/3rd Infantry Div.

Gertrude Grace – Toronto, CAN; WAF, WWII

Earl Laube – Waukegan, IL; US Army, WWII, ETOJkhv6.AuSt.74

Alfred Martz – Jensen Beach, FL; US Navy, WWII & Korea

Robert McDow – Shawnee, OK; US Army Air Corps (2 yrs.) & US Air Force, Korea

Jess Wilson – McKee, KY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, aircraft sheet-metal mechanic

Richard Synder – Tucson, AZ; US Army Air Corps, WWII, (Ret. 20 yrs)

Ross Trower – Springfield, VA; US Navy, RAdm. Chaplin (Ret 38 yrs), Korea & Vietnam

 

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From those that were there…(1)

Bataan Death March

Bataan Death March

Captain William Dyess was a fighter pilot stationed on Luzon when the Japanese invaded.  He offered a shockingly graphic account of the ordeal in the “Chicago Tribune” newspaper in 1943.  Initially his story was censored, but cleared for publication when the war effort turned to retaking the Philippines.  The captain was one of a handful that escaped captivity. The following is only a portion of Capt. Dyess’ story, due to the length of the series and the truly atrocious episodes related, I have chosen what I feel is best.  The entire length can be located in “Combat, WWII Pacific” edited by Don Congdon.

Willian Edwin Dyess

Willian Edwin Dyess

About a mile east of the hospital [at Little Baguio] we encountered a major traffic jam.  On either side of the congested road hundreds of Jap soldiers were unloading ammunition and equipment.  Our contingent of more than 600 American and Filipino prisoners filtered through, giving the Japs as wide a berth as the limited space permitted.  This was to avoid being searched, slugged, or pressed into duty as cargadores [burden carriers]. Through the swirling dust we could see a long line of trucks, standing bumper to bumper.  There were hundreds of them.  And every last one was an American make.  I saw Fords – which predominated – Chevrolets, GMCs and others.  These were not captured trucks.  They bore Jap army insignia and had been landed from the ships of the invasion fleet.  It is hard to describe what we felt at seeing these familiar American machines, filled with jeering, snarling Japs.  It was sort of super-sinking feeling.  We had become accustomed to having American iron thrown at us, but this was a little too much.

LtColonel Willian Dyess

LtColonel Willian Dyess

It was dark when we marched across Bataan field, which with Cabcaben field I had commanded two days before.  It was difficult walking in the darkness.  Now and again we passed the huddled forms of men who had collapsed from fatigue or had been bayoneted.  I didn’t kid myself that I was safe simply because I was keeping up with the pace.  The bloodthirsty devils now were killing us for diversion. Skulking along, a hundred yards behind our contingent, came a “clean-up squad.”  Their helpless victims, sprawled darkly against the white of the road, were easy targets.  As members of the murder squad stooped over each huddled form, there would be an orange flash in the darkness and a sharp report.  The bodies were left where they lay, that other prisoners coming behind us might see them.

William Dyess' ribbons

William Dyess’ ribbons

 

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Target Practice

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USS Kailua (Dickenson)

USS Kailua (Dickenson)

USS Kailau historical site

USS Kailau historical site

The cable ship, Dickenson, was chartered by the US Navy after Pearl Harbor and renamed the USS Kailau.  Her remains have recently been located lying intact 20 miles from Oahu in 2,000 feet of water by the Hawaii Research Laboratory & the NOAA.  Her initial use was to keep global telecommunications open and later she became the target for submarine periscope practice, but her resting place was never marked.   ################################################################################# Farewell Salutes –  Justus Belfield – Utica, NY; US Army, MSgt., WWII, ETO Albert Bueler – Farmington, NH; US Coast Guard, Vietnamrose-flag Theophile Chusty, Jr – Baton Rouge, LA; US MC, Cpl., WWII Albert Debreceny – Taranaki, NZ; NZ Ammunition Corps, Sgt., WWII Robert Glod, Sr – Schaumburg, IL; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Kitkun Bay Florence Hutchison – Edmonton, CAN; RC Navy, WWII Joseph Lapka – Woodland, PA; US Army, WWII, PTO Philip Mack Jr – Seattle, WA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, *th Air Force, B-17 co-pilot Leon Reed – Jupiter, FL; US Air Force, Col. (Ret.), Vietnam, fighter pilot (189 missions) , 559 Tactical Fighter Sq/ 12th Wing Elias Saavedra – San Rafael, NM; New Mexico National Guard, Bataan survivor ##############################################################################

A World War II Blimp Hangar, a Guppy, and a Cow Escape Route… The Oregon Coast

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HERE IS A VIEW, FROM CURT, OF HOME FRONT SUPPORT AS THIS CONSTRUCTION WENT INTO EFFECT IN THE SUMMER OF 1942. ‘WANDERING THROUGH TIME’ WILL HELP US TO REMEMBER.

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Eight blimps called this hangar in Tillamook, Oregon home during World War II. (Photo at Tillamook Air Museum.)

Eight blimps called this Tillamook, Oregon hangar home during World War II. (Photo at Tillamook Air Museum.)

I’d been through Tillamook, Oregon several times and never spotted the huge blimp hangar that was built there during World War II. It is plainly visible from the Highway 101. Who knows what I was thinking about when I made my way up and down the road? It must have been a heck of a daydream. I saw the hangar this time, however, and it was like, “Wow!” I immediately changed plans and decided to stay in the area for another day. The hangar was something I had to visit.

How I missed seeing this building is a mystery to me.

How I missed seeing this building is a mystery to me.

Today it serves as a partially abandoned air museum. (Most of its airplanes have been shipped off to Madras in eastern Oregon, where it’s hoped the vintage aircraft will survive better in…

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April 1942 (1)

As the Japanes invaded, they took over the newspapers and portrayed themselves as peaceful liberators.

As the Japanes invaded, they took over the newspapers and portrayed themselves as peaceful liberators.

1 April – Japanese forces made two more landings on New Guinea, one at Hollandia in the north and Sorong on the west.  / Buka Island, in the Solomons, went into enemy hands.  /  In the Indian Ocean, the Japanese carrier Ryuji led a naval raiding party against Allied shipping along the Orissa coast for 10 days and sank 24 merchant vessels as the Japanese Blitz continued to rage on.

Andaman Island area

Andaman Island area

2 April, the entire territory of Western Burma went under Japanese control as their 15th Army pushed the Allied Burma Army backwards.  The US Army Air Force B-17 “Flying Fortress” bombers attacked the enemy around the Andaman Islands.

As Army Chaplains held communion services on Good Friday, the enemy bombed the center of the American lines on Bataan so heavily that the jungle went ablaze.  The G.I.s were forced to escape the black smoke as the Japanese went through the 3-mile gap of the defenses.  The next day, the enemy planted their flag on top of Mount Samat, the highest point of the Mariveles Mountains.  The Japanese 4th Division bombed for 5 hours before the onset of 2 days of heavy combat.

Mount Samat, (on left), 1942

Mount Samat, (on left), 1942

MacArthur radioed in his orders for a counteroffensive and Wainwright relayed this order to MGeneral Edward King on the peninsula, but King knew it was an impossible task.  A Navy doctor on-board a boat headed for Corregidor described the scene: “The air was filled with smoke and flying debris, the din was terrific and horrifying.  A gasoline dump was dynamited which intensified the blast which hurled rock, boulders and human fragments all over the area and into the sea, sinking smaller boats in the harbor and injuring the occupants…”

Mitsubushi - Ki 30s over Bataan front line

Mitsubushi – Ki 30s over Bataan front line

8 April – the troops on Bataan were ordered to destroy their equipment and prepare to surrender.  King signaled Corregidor, “We have no further means of organized resistance.”  Wainwright refused the idea of surrender.

9 April – King ordered the flags of truce to be raised at 0600 hours, he saw no other alternative to save the lives of the men that remained.  The news arrived at the ‘Rock’ too late to be refused.  When Gen. King laid his pistol on the table at the Japanese headquarters, he compared it to Gen. Lee’s shame at Appomatox on the same day of 1865.  MacArthur said at a press conference, “No army has done so much with so little and nothing became of it more than its last hours of trial and agony.”

POWs

POWs

Gen. Homma’s HQ had estimated about 25,000 POWs would need to be transported, but now they were faced with 78,000 American and Filipino troops.  The enemy logistics broke down and 9 April would begin the trek, for men already ill and malnourished, of 65 miles (104 km) long.  One in three would die along the way.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Anthony Bonvetti Sr. – Wilmington, DE; US Army, WWII

William Dubois – New Castle, CO; US Air Force, Capt., Operation Inherent Resolve, 77th Fighter Squadron, F-16 pilot

Louis Forni – Geneva, IL; US Army, WWII, ETO,  3rd Division21 guns

Oval Goad – Alexandria, KY; US Army, WWII & Korea

Sol Hofkins (100) – Golden Lakes Village, FL; USA, WWII, PTO

Brian Mall – Auckland, NZ; RA Army # 2400794, K Force, Lance Cpl.

James McGrath Jr. – US & CAN; US Navy & CAN. Reserves, WWII

Robert Pratt – Lake Worth, FL; US Army, Korea

Angelo Zampieri – Dover, NH; US Navy, WWII / US Air Force, Korea

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March 1942 (2)

Pacific map after March 1942

Pacific map after March 1942

In Australia, the civilians learned that two of their ships went down in the Java Sea.

Trove archives

Trove archives

Crewmen of the HMAS Yarra, 1942

Crewmen of the HMAS Yarra, 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 March – before being flown out of the Philippine Islands, General Douglas MacArthur said his famous parting words, “I shall return,” and Lt.Gen. Jonathan Wainwright assumed command.  Pres. Roosevelt’s empty promises of, “mile-long” convoys of relief on their way – were never sent.

13 March – The submarine, USS Gar sank the Japanese cargo ship, Chichiubu Maru, off the coast of Honshu Province, Japan.

14 March – The first convoy of 30,000 American troops began to arrive in Australia.  (Since 2 March, all physically fit Australian men were considered eligible for war service.

16-18 March – in New Guinea, US and Australian air units attacked the Japanese shipping and shore installations around Lae and Salamura.  Two enemy heavy cruisers were sunk and 10 other vessels were either sunk or damaged.

Gen. Wainwright (L) & Gen. MacArthur (R), March, 1942

Gen. Wainwright (L) & Gen. MacArthur (R), March, 1942

On Corregidor, Gen. Wainwright told his men, “If the Japanese can take the’Rock’, they’ll find me here no matter what orders I receive.”  On Bataan, the front line along the Mariveles Mountains, the half-starved American and Filipino [who had been forced to kill and eat their mules and horses weeks before] suffered from malaria, which had reached epidemic proportions.  Simply lifting a rifle was a painful ordeal due to beriberi and dysentery, as well.

US trained Filipino soldiers prepare to blow a bridge before the enemy reaches them.

US trained Filipino soldiers prepare to blow a bridge before the enemy reaches them.

 

21-22 March – the forces trapped on the Bataan Peninsula began to move over to the fortified island, 2 miles off the coast of Luzon.  The strategic position of the Rock in Manila Bay was quite vital to the Japanese as even more US and Filipinos amassed on its levels. But as this was being done, Japanese General Homma was planning a new offensive for the start of April for his 15,000 troops, 140 artillery pieces and 80 bombers.

British & Chinese forces in Burma

British & Chinese forces in Burma

23 March – the Japanese captured the Andaman Islands, an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.  They were put under the authority of Subhas Chandia Bose, a Japanese sympathizer.

Chinese troops digging anti-tank ditches in Burma.

Chinese troops digging anti-tank ditches in Burma.

In Burma, the airfield at Magwe went into enemy hand.  After violent fighting, the Chinese 5th Army in the central area were defeated and the Japanese took over the airfield at Toungou.

During this month, Churchill succumbed to pressure and announced that post-war India would achieve semi-independent status as a dominion.  But, the Nationalist Indian Congress Party made demands for immediate independence.  In Ceylon, Admiral Sir James Somerville became commander of the Far East Fleet.  Admiral E.J. King was made US Chief of Naval Operations in addition to being the Commander-in-Chief of the US Fleet.

Adm. King, 1942

Adm. King, 1942

Meetings were held between the US and Britain to divide the operational responsibilities of WWII: The US took the Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand.  This was then split between 2 commands: Adm. Nimitz with the Pacific Ocean areas, North Central and South; Gen. MacArthur as commander of the Southwest Pacific.  The British took from Singapore westwards to the Mediterranean.

[Personal observation – I found it difficult to believe that these guidelines were decided upon when Churchill refused to send a fleet to Singapore for the CBI and the U.S. maintained a “Europe First” strategy.  Your opinion?]

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Farewell Salutes – 

John Allen – Ola, TX; USMC, Vietnam (2 tours), E3 LCPL

George Barefoot – Charlotte, NC; US Army, WWII, 1102 Engineerswwii-memorial-011me

Grandon Carmack – Chambersburg, PA; US Army, WWII, PTO

Terry Elworthy -Saanich, CAN; C. Merchant Marine, RC Navy (Ret.), WWII

Robert Fulenwider – Ft. Lauderdale, FL; US Army, WWII

Jack Karford – BowMar, CO; US Navy, WWII, PTO

Stanley Lines – Glen Innes, NZ; RA Army # VX80596

Virginia Melvin – WPalm Bch, FL; US Army (Ret. 20 years), nurse

Chuck Randazzo – Jamestown, NY; US Army, Korea

Warren Sander – SoWindsor, CT & Palm City, FL; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Engstrom

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Thanksgiving – Yesteryear

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TO SHOW MY THANKS TO ONE AND ALL…

To view my past Thanksgiving posts CLICK HERE and HERE!

What was seen on the home front  1941-42…

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Thanksgiving during WWII…

They’re celebrating Thanksgiving on this very day,
My thoughts are at home, though I’m far away;
I can see everyone, eating dinner deluxe,
Whether it be chicken, turkey or even duck;
The fellows over here won’t whimper or moan,
They’ll look to the next one and hope to be home.
 
Truly and honestly, from way down deep,
They want you to be happy and enjoy your feast.
These holidays are remembered by one and all,
Those happy days we can always recall.
The ones in the future, will be happier, I know
When we all come back from defeating the foe.

_______Poem by an Anonymous WWII Veteran

Thanksgiving for the troops 1941-42…..

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For those of you who live where there is no official Thanksgiving day – look around – family, friends and life itself is enough to be thankful for this evening and…

TO ALL!

TO ALL!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Paul Baio – Chicago, IL; US Navy, WWIIwpid-de136c4ae41dadc135fe54fad3a65e9c

Warren Dowling – Arcata, CA; US Army, WWII, Purple Heart

Mary Porter Gens – DE & NJ – US WAVE, WWII

James Hatcher – Lynchburg, VA; US Army, WWII, 157th Reg./45th Div., Bronze Star & Purple Heart

Donald Miller – NPalm Bch., FL; US Army, WWII, Captain

Matt Spagnola – Waupaca, WI; US Army, WWII

George Taylor – Lufkin, TX; US Army, WWII

Lloyd Yingling – Hendersonville, NC; US Army, WWII, PTO, Medical Corps

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