Luzon | February 1945 (2)

Japanese in Manila

The final attack on the outer Japanese defenses came from the 11th Airborne Division.  The division had been halted at Nichols Field on the 4th and since then had been battling firmly entrenched Japanese naval troops, backed up by heavy fire from concealed artillery. Only on 11 February did the airfield finally fall to the paratroopers, and the acquisition allowed the 11th Airborne Division to complete the American encirclement of Manila on the night of the twelfth.

As February opened, the 7th Allied Air Force continually bombed Iwo Jima, Marcus Island and Corregidor, while the 5th Allied Air Force not only targeted Corregidor, but Cavite, Cebu City, and enemy positions on Mindanao and Borneo.

Col. Robert Soule

The 11th A/B continued on to Tagaytay Ridge where they would come upon more of the enemy. Colonel Soule directed the artillery of the 674th and the 675th while the final assault was made by the infantry. The troopers went uphill through the Mount Cariliao-Mount Batulao defile. This was Shorty Ridge; the eastern area that needed to be free of Japanese before the 511th made their jump. (The regiment had to be capable of meeting up with the rest of the division within twenty-four hours of their landing.) The forward Command Group of the Headquarters Company went through a mile of enemy territory to destroy the resistance on the ridge and make that first contact.

A mere two hours later, the Command Group followed along the fire-swept road and set up the division command post on the ridge. The Reconnaissance Group, right behind them, did not rest, but continued on toward Manila. The Command Group then folded in behind and set up another command post while under heavy fire.

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Author’s Note – 

I am having trouble with my wordpress notifications.  They do not always give me a link to return to your site anymore.  I’m doing the best I can to not only get this glitch repaired, but find a way back to each site.

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25 April   |   ANZAC Day

MAY WE ALL REMEMBER ON ANZAC DAY

Let’s all wish our Australian neighbors and friends a memorable ANZAC Day.

For those unaware of its meaning…

“Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.

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Current News –

Crocodile in Key West

In South Florida, surprise visitors can crawl on their bellies.  And wear out their welcome.

Naval Air Station Key West had to remove a stubborn crocodile from its airfield on Boca Chica Key so planes could take off and land. The croc was photographed basking in the spring sunshine with a Super Hornet fighter jet in the background.

Navy officials knew what to do. The air station, at mile marker 8, off the Overseas Highway, is located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  She had been tagged about  years ago, but now has a new tag.

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Military Humor – 

Quite a tee off position!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Hemming Anderson (104) – Tauranga, NZ; 2nd Expeditionary Force, WWII # 32089

Ian Cosgrove (100) – Winton, NZ; RNZ Army Medical Corps, WWII

Bob R. Hayes (100) – Mt. Vernon, NY; US Army, WWII

Aubie Kreusel – Gansville, LA; Civilian, WWII, Consolidated Vultee Aircraft (B-24 production)

Bernard Lampinen – Ashby, MA; US Navy, WWII

Harold Mann – Columbus, GA; US Army, WWII, ETO, 1255th Engineer Battalion

Jack E. Matson – Rock Island County, IL; US Army, WWII, PTO, SSgt. # 36431461, 382/96th Infantry Division, KIA

George Nelson – Wheatland, WY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, Sgt., radioman, 8th Air Force

Hans Petersen – Shelby, DEN; Danish Resistance, WWII

William Ragsdale – TN; USMC, WWII, PTO, Cpl. # 433627, HQ Co/1/24/ 4th Marine Division, KIA (Saipan)

Hillary Soileau – Bunkle, LA; US Army, WWII, PTO, Pvt. # 34233291, Co F/2/27/25th Infantry Division, Bronze Star, KIA (“Galloping Horse Hills”, GUAD)

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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 April 25, 2022, in Current News, SMITTY, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 93 Comments.

  1. Sorry dat ik een paar berichten niet heb kunnen antwoorden.
    Ben in ziekenhuis geweest.
    Weer een heel duidelijke uiteenzetting.Bedankt

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  2. I am also having trouble with the WordPress changes to features I used to keep in contact with other authors. Did you find a workaround, GP?

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  3. Thanks for another great post. I, too, am having problems with WordPress not giving me a link to return a comment. I have even sent them before and now screen shots to explain the problem.

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    • It is distressing, because I do not want newcomers to think I’ve just ignored their visit. Thank you for letting me know I’m not alone in this problem.

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  4. It was nice going through the blog with a brief description of ANJAC Day. 👍🏻

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  5. Thanks so much for including my uncle today, GP. I wish some of his siblings still were around to share the mention with, but unfortunately they’re all gone. But I’m still here, and I appreciate it.

    Your humor today reminded me of the best ever Don’t Mess With Texas anti-littering commercial.

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  6. RE: WordPress – I’ve been accessing my site through reader and then accessing people through the “likes” list. I also use notifications on my site. Yes, the change has been very annoying! Good article.

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  7. And onward, the soldiers march toward Manila. I just started reading Rampage by James M. Scott, a native of Charleston. It’s about MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila. Thanks for remembering Anzac Day. They sacrificed a lot, too, during WWII. The alligator reminds me of one we had here sunning on the front porch of one of the townhouses at the far end of my street. The owner opened the door, almost had a heart attack, and called the DNR.

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  8. Thanks for the remember on ANZAC. At Luzon this was a real evil fight. What’s about the crocodile at the airfield? Lol Does the Airforce not need great models? 😉 Best wishes, GP! xx Michael

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  9. Such an awful time. Good to remember ANZAC, too

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  10. I wondered if my spam filter was stopping the email notifications. I’ve been reduced to going into the reader. The “look” of the blog posts has changed also. I guess all down to another bright young thing joining the happiness engineers at WordPress.

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    • I suppose so, but they are costing a lot of people from getting visits. I go into the Reader page most every day, but newcomers I have to reach through my email links (when I get them).

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  11. The 11th was certainly a kick-a outfit!!!! Was Smitty directly involved in takeover of Manila?

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  12. Half of my mother’s side are Aussies. Thanks for the ANZAC recognition. That gaiter must be a pain. Those members of the 11th were unstoppable. Thanks for sharing their story, GP. I hope you get your WP problems fixed.

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  13. Even in short accounts like this one, we cannot miss the fact that every little bit of progress against the Japanese would have to be paid for in young lives. The Germans were bad enough in 1944-1945, so frequently refusing to surrender, but the Japanese were infinitely worse.

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  14. The 11th was the tip of the spear in this battle. Kudos to them for getting the job done despite all of the obstacles.

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  15. Britain owes the Anzacs respect and a great debt for their courage and sacrifice in two world wars.
    Sorry to hear the glitches have got to you, GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  16. Thank you for the recognition of ANZAC Day.

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  17. Good job, GP! As always, I am impressed with the caliber of the campaign to retake the Philippines, and it’s great to hear of ANZAC Day. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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  18. Always an enjoyable read and learning something new all the time – I look forward to each post.  Thanks for sharing. Best,JSUS Army Ret

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  19. “ The Reconnaissance Group, right behind them, did not rest, but continued on toward Manila.” I think that sums up the spirit of these forces.

    I hope you get your link/no link problems solved. That has to be frustrating.

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  20. I hadn’t heard of Anzak Day until I joined the blogging community. I’m expecting delivery of Frank Prem’s Sheep on the Somme today, in fact.

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  21. I share the pain expressed by you and Kaiti. My too many step workaround is to copy the name of whoever sent the comment or like, paste it into Reader, and hope that the blog shows up. (Sometimes it doesn’t). It was so much easier to click on the link in the email. Thanks for remembering ANZAC Day. I love the gator at the Key West Naval Air Station. The 11th AB sure had to slug its way to success.

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  22. It was a wet ANZAC Day where I was and the Dawn Service was cold and windy. Nevertheless, people of all ages turned out and I was ever so pleased to see so many young people attend the service, school children laying wreaths, and families reflecting upon our history. It was another day to witness the very best in people. Lest we Forget.

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  23. I’m having the same problem with wordpress too. It is a change for the worse in my opinion.

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  24. The attack was truly a coup de grace with its display of determination and expediency.

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  25. Thank you, ANZAC Day is so important to all Australians, a mixture of sorrow, pride and hope. 🙂

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  26. Thank you, Ned.

    Like

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