1 January 1945

5th Air Force strafing Clark Air Field, 1945

 

Ringing in the new year 1945 with fireworks had a far different meaning in the Pacific and CBI Theaters than we’re used to.  It began with ______

In the Philippines – bombings of Clark Field on Luzon and Sasa on the island of Mindanao.  Wasile Bay enemy bivouac areas felt the bombardments from overhead B-24’s and B-25’s.  Manila saw the fighter-bombers as shipyards and other airfields and ammunition dumps were blown.  US Air Force planes sank the Japanese ship No. 7, Taiko Maru and No. 3, Taiwan Maru, off Masinloc, P.I.

Philippine Islands

Also in the Philippines – the USS Stingray delivered 35 tons of supplies to Filipino forces on the north coast of Tawi Tawi.   HMS Staesman sank four small Japanese vessels with gunfire northeast of Sumatra.

In the Netherland East Indies – the IJN Kyyokku Maru was sunk by a mine that was previously laif by HMN Tradewind off Mergui.

From Saipan – The 7th Air Force had 19 B-24’s bomb Iwo Jima.  This was followed by additional bombers during the evening hours in waves.

In China – railroads, warehouses, industry and gun positions were bombed.  Suchow Airfield lost 25 aircraft.  Armed ground reconnaissance units hit between Xiaolan and Hsuchang.

India-Burma – had the tenth Air Force bombing furl dumps, villages, supply areas, tanks and enemy troops at several locations.  Four other targets of opportunity were found along the Irrawaddy River while large-scale transport operations proceeded as planned.

When we last spoke in the war posts, the 11th Airborne Division was on Leyte and still battling a well dug-in enemy in the uncharted mountains of the island.   As the fighting for the 11th Airborne on Leyte came to a close, the battalions worked their way back to Bito Beach.  The 674th and 675th Glider Field Artillery and the 457th Parachute Field Artillery remained in strategic positions to cover them.

Despite MacArthur declaring Leyte secure on Christmas Day 1944, even Gen. Robert Eichelberger said in relation to the “mopping-up” his men were left with, “The Japanese Army was still intact.  I was told there were only 6,000 Japanese left on the island…  Soon Japanese began streaming across the Ormoc Valley… well equipped and apparently well-fed.  Between Christmas Day and the end of the campaign we killed more than 27,000 Japanese…”

Col. Austin “Shifty” Shofner, USMC, [ the only man to lead a successful escape from a Japanese POW camp (1943)], was assigned to the Army’s 37th Division as an observer and boarded the USS Mount McKinley at New Guinea and sailing for Luzon.  Within a week, he would witness the onset of the Kamikaze Special Attack Force aiming their aircraft at the US Navy in Lingayen Gulf.  The future Brigadier General would assist in the planning of the rescue plans of the Cabanatuan POW camp where over 500 Allied survivors of the Bataan Death March were being held.

Col. Shafer being tended to.

References used: “Pacific War” by John Davison; Pacific Wrecks; “The Pacific” by Hugh Ambrose; WW2 Timelines, World War 2 Photos and “Our Jungle Road To Tokyo” by Gen. Robert Eichelberger.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Frederick W. Anderson (100) – Southington, CT; US Navy, WWII, PTO, PT Base # 2

Lee Anthony – Petrolia, PA; US Army, WWII, PTO

Rome E. Barr – Martins Ferry, OH; US Navy, WWII, USS Loy (Destroyer Escort)

Nando A. Cavalieri – Eveleth, MN; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, Captain, 324/91/8th Air Force, B-17G pilot, KIA (Döberitz, GER)

Edward Conway – Canon City, CO; US Navy, WWII, PTO, Electrician’s Mate 1st Class # 3718589, USS Oklahoma, KIA (Pearl Harbor, HI)

Don D. Dowler Jr. – Clarinda, IA; US Army, Korea, Pfc., Co D/1/32/7th Infantry Division, KIA (Chosin Reservoir, NK)

Edwyna Green (100) – Summerset, NZ; NZ Women’s Air Corps, WWII, LCPL # 812146

Richard “Demo Dick” Marcinko – Langsford, PA; US Navy, Vietnam, Iran, SEAL Team # 6 Commander, 4 Bronze Stars, Silver Star (Ret. 25 y.)

Wilbur F. Newton – Mound City, MO; US Navy, WWII, PTO, Seaman 1st Class # 3760544, USS Oklahoma, KIA (Pearl Harbor, HI)

Henry Steele – Corbett, OR; US Army

Jack Tison – Bifay, FL; US Army, WWII, PTO, Medic

Betty White – Oak Park, IL; Civilian, WWII, American Women’s Volunteer Service, PX truck driver  /  Beloved Actress

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on January 3, 2022, in First-hand Accounts, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 148 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on battleoftheatlantic19391945 and commented:
    “TREASON THURSDAY IN COWARDICE CANADA/1993 TO 2022, February 24, 2022-IN REGARDS TO FAREWELL SALUTES; Still stands thine ancient sacrifice, a humble and a contrite heart; Lord God of Hosts be with us yet, LEST WE FORGET, LEST WE FORGET!!! Poem by Rudyard Kipling. At the going down of the SUN, and in the MORNING; WE WILL REMEMBER THEM, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM!!! WELL, NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW, I, I, I, I, I,…It, more than precisely WOULD NOT BE PROPER, ETHICAL, NON-FICTION, and ALL ETC., IF WE DID NOT GIVE U.S.A., as I TRY and WRITE ABOUT HER SOMETIMES; THE LIMELIGHT, NOW WOULD IT? No, of COURSE NOT…Mr. Military Published Author Murza; IT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT…SO BRAVO ZULU…AND more than precisely BECAUSE of the LAND of the FREE and the HOME of the BRAVE, KEEP AT HER!!! Yours Aye-Brian CANUCK-THE BREEZE Murza, W.W.II Naval Researcher-Published Author, Present Day Military Analyst/Amateur, High Treason Q.E.II Analyst, Niagara Falls, Ontario, COWARDICE CANADA/1993-2022!!!” Blog credit-PACIFIC PARATROOPER…OUR GREATEST GENERATION…1941-1945, IN U.S.A., 1939-1945 IN BRITAIN, and Canada.

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  2. Terug thuis en mijn achterstand nu bijwerken. Telkens weer zeer interessante blogposts

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  3. How clearly you mention each and every word 👍🏻👌

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  4. I was there. Granted it was forty years later. But I was actually in the Subic bay area and didn’t know how close I was to WWII history.

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  5. Catching up. These late-in-the-war posts in the Pacific Theater are fascinating. So much of what happened in the Philippines in 1945 is not well known (compared to Iwo Jima and Okinawa). Thanks GP!

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    • The media found early on that the Marines brought a bigger audience, so for subscription $ sake, most stories were covered for them. Most of the available color film as well. I’ve had more info on the P.I. battles in earlier posts, I’m afraid.

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  6. Thank you for continuing to post these stories, GP! I hope 2022 is kind and brings all good things to you.

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