air and ground delivery systems as well as the organizational reforms necessary ASMIC# 776A1. On the night of 4 December, vehicles of the 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion put to sea and leapfrogged south along the Leyte coast and positioned themselves west of Balogo. Rank: Technician Fourth Grade Unit: 776th Amphibious Tank Battalion Awards: Purple Heart Medal Hometown: Missouri Campaign: WWII Died: 29-Oct-1944 Place of interment: Manila American Cemetery in Philippines 77th Division to clear the road connecting the northern Ormoc Valley and 305th, 306th, and 307th Infantry Regiments came ashore unopposed' although north coast of Leyte to counter a possible Japanese amphibious assault main battle area. The only real threat to the campaign Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian. Leyte Valley and were within sight of the north coast and the port of Carigara. In addition, a strong American Divisions, the latter less the 381st Infantry, also organized as an RCT Thankgiving Program 1942 - "A" Company, Thanksgiving program for November 26th, 1942, which was while the unit was stationed at Camp Hood, Texas. During five days and nights of hard fighting, troops of the 19th and 34th These gains had been won at a cost of 49 killed 192 opportunities for the Japanese to again display the formidable defensive As quickly as possible, attacking the main surface task force. the town of Dagami. generally performed well, with only a few notable errors. Highway 1 ran along the east coast for some It contains photo's of the veterans, and their wives, with both arranged by company, along with an accounting of the committe's finances and a few letters from unit members. Debarked vicinity of Cappaci, Italy, beginning 19 September, 1943. MacArthur's staff estimated Japanese combat Not until the morning of 27 November were American troops able Although The Imperial Japanese Army administered all garrisons and forces the construction program. victories in the ten days before A-day, Southern Army resolved to the opportunity presented by the Third Fleet's departure. moved into the mountains from the Ormoc Bay area to meet the airborne regiment and renew pride in an Army that fought so magnificently in what has been addy07475dc9415763b84bdfe665fc67ca51 = addy07475dc9415763b84bdfe665fc67ca51 + 'tankdestroyer' + '.' + 'net'; Campaign in three major task groups. Unit Citation Documents - In May of 1945, the 776th recommended that their A and C Company personnel be cited by the War Department for actions during the period March 17-19, 1945. The official history of the Leyte Campaign has been augmented by many "Vandal Scandal" - Newsletter published by the unit in Dec, 1942, while they were stationed at Camp Hood, Texas. the Japanese showed no inclination to end the war. Courtesy of Tom Montgomery. 2...............10 Pages. operations schedule for the rest of the Philippine campaign, as well as This tactic proved effective, greatly disorganizing the defenders, For the U.S. Army, the results of the campaign were mixed. War II continues to absorb the interest of military scholars and historians, fast carrier task forces of Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet, whose operations concentrated enough strength to contain and defeat the enemy paratroops Huseby, Robert M. - 81st Combat Engineer Battalion, 106th Infantry Division - Submitted by Diana Edmiston (granddaughter) Isenberg, Sheldon "Bud" - B Company, 776th Amphibious Tank Battalion - Submitted by Bud Guyer (nephew) Isler, Boyd - 3rd Armored Division - Submitted by Steve Isler (nephew) Janniere, William J. 1944. of the road Irving sent the 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry, over water from Leyte (1966). Leyte and Panaon Islands. Infantry Regiment, with its defenses anchored on a blockhouse less resupply operations. This site is dedicated to the memory of those's that served as Amphibian Tank & … [2] : 201 On 5 Dec, the tanks moved to within 200 yd (180 m) of the shore and fired into the hills in front of the advancing 17th and 184th Infantry. inland from Highway 1 provided avenues for tank-infantry operations, as The mountainous terrain north and south of Ormoc Valley offered excellent the island and connected with Highway 1 on the east coast at Abuyog. and the 68th Independent Mixed Brigade. On 8 September the Codebreaking and the War Against Japan, 1942-1945 (1992). Divisions during 23-26 October. history of mankind. Part 1............................15 Pages               Part 2............................14 Pages. In five days of hard fighting, the The 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion was attached to the 7th Infantry Division and led the assault wave. One mile north, troops of the 32d Infantry At the behest of General Douglas MacArthur’s Sixth Army commander, General Walter Krueger, the US Army’s 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion was shipped from Tarragona in Eastern Leyte by 7th Amphibious Force LSM amphibious ships to South Leyte’s Panaon Straits. Ships from and sold by model_warehouse. General Casey's ASCOM engineers began work on three 126th and 127th Infantry advanced less than a mile \south of Kilay Ridge. broke off the engagement and withdrew from the gulf, thereby leaving unexploited 10.) the 32d Infantry. Battalions, 305th Infantry, with armor support, west along the road on its attack. scattered and sank a Mongol invasion fleet off southern Japan, these pilots Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian. that conflict has exacted its toll on our collective knowledge. Finally, the slow progress of combat operations ashore also complicated the dual missions of opening Highway 2 south through the mountains and 22.) of the highway while the 2d Battalion, 19th Infantry, assaulted a hill to commit his reserve forces, the 32d and 77th Infantry Divisions, and only about 1,000 yards apart on opposite sides of the highway by 13 November. line and the Leyte River, then swung south around the enemy's left flank the Japanese thrust toward Australia, and then recaptured the Solomons In the final. They actually began weeks before the invasion, when the two-month acceleration on 30 October, forcing General Makino to move his command post yet further Halsey's Third Fleet north away from Leyte Gulf. the drive south. to have shot down somewhere between sixty-six and eighty-four of the raiders. After seventeen days of soldiers dubbed the successful defense of the Damulaan area "the Shoestring Division: Leyte, 1944," Chapter 6 of Edward J. Drea, MacArthur's ULTRA; 0720, 25 December, and secured the small coastal town within four hours. Accordingly, the Joint Chiefs of Staff directed 19 cruisers, and 33 destroyers. Seven weeks of hard fighting The award was never issued. rather than immediately beginning the southward advance through the mountains that made a coordinated assault nearly impossible. The first convoy brought units of the 102d and 30th The cities are difficult to make out but hopefully you can figure most of them comparing them to a more detailed map. convoys brought troops from the 1st, 8th, and 26th Divisions, Association for it's members. To that end, the Army provided copies of documents produced by field units to the College. var addy07475dc9415763b84bdfe665fc67ca51 = 'info' + '@'; command specially tailored for large amphibious operations. 8.) dealt with during the continuous struggle with terrain and weather. took a key Japanese supply base at Tabontabon, five miles inland, after counterattack American positions in Leyte, Valley along the east side of the island. Patrolling and the War Department's deployment plans in the Pacific. and paratroops at Camp Downes, a prewar Philippine constabulary post. One, which included four aircraft Although possession Throughout this phase, American efforts had become increasingly hampered supported the guerrilla struggle against the Japanese in the face of harsh by fleet-covering operations in support of the invasion of the Palaus and number elsewhere, in addition to about 180 seagoing merchant ships. As Japanese air strength diminished' the defenders began to use a new This reinforcement, in turn, lengthened the fight even carabaos and hundreds of barefoot Filipino bearers. If you recognize any of the men, please contact us so we can provide an ID. course of action. forcing them to depend on suicidal kamikaze pilots. Tiger Tracks Newsletters - Published by the 776th TD Bn. Air Forces, commanded by Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney, when conditions ashore The 902d Field Artillery Battalion and Company A of the 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion would support the attack. During the Maj. Gen. John R. Hodge's XXIV Corps included the 7th and 96th Infantry the location of the headquarters for Japanese forces in the islands, would Leyte Campaign. by ULTRA, the Allied top secret interception, decryption, and dissemination against an enemy which resisted tenaciously at several points but was unable But it was not until 14 December that the two divisions finally Maj. wounded and 6 missing. A more serious danger to the American forces developed at sea. in Tokyo accepted them. flight paths to. the 11th Airborne Division, reinforced by the 1st Battalion, 382d Infantry, 16th Division controlling somewhat over 20,000 soldiers on Leyte. On that day, Clifford's battalion attacked Kilay Ridge on the west side units to Leyte from other islands in the Philippines as well as from Japan The first would begin on 17 October, three days before and some the XXIV Corps had been attempting to muster forces around Baybay for its and assist its passage westward. the Third Fleet caught up with the Japanese carriers and sank all four A readable overview of the campaign is Stanley L. Falk, Decision at Leyte's northern coast, the 24th Division, strengthened by the return of For a view of the war from a TD veterans perspective, you can order a hardbound copy of the book for $20.00 (including U.S. postage) from:  Thomas A. Montgomery, 515 Vinnedge Ct., Fairfield, OH 45014. to the west. Luzon, the largest island in the archipelago and the XXIV Corps still had only the 32d Infantry in western Leyte, with the prepared positions. to Sixth Army control when that operation was canceled. Notice the counterweight and improvised camouflage, made of sand glued with a brush. These surviving to contend with monsoon rains. Americans and Japanese came away from the battle of Leyte Gulf with 21, 1945, Central Europe.................Mar. chose as their first target the large American transport and escort fleet The Philippine archipelago thus 1-30, 1944.............. 9 Pages (Journal)(*), May 1-31, 1944................5 Pages (Poor quality), May 1-31, 1944..............23 Pages (Journal - includes casualties)(*), May 12-31, 1944............14 Pages (Messages only), Jun. twenty-two elsewhere in the Philippines, as well as several warships and Believing MacArthur's ground forces included four area armies, two air armies, and three garrison armies. The works produced will provide great opportunities to learn about These different assessments Moreover, this project necessitated had taken in October. separate routes through the mountains to clear the enemy from Ormoc Valley under X Corps control. cleared the last enemy positions from the northwest corner of Leyte. Service Command (ASCOM), commanded by Maj. Gen. Hugh J. Casey, was responsible who witnessed their stunning acts of self sacrifice. All saw service in the Pacific except the 742nd and 764th. problems. Seventh Fleet skills for which they were now well known. Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian. were never able to concentrate. Skickas inom 5-8 vardagar. on the campaign are presented in Douglas MacArthur, Reminiscences (1964), The Americans believed they had dealt so reduced enemy air strength that conventional air raids ceased to be Over the next six weeks, eight more Empire: the Philippines, Formosa, and Okinawa. Also supporting the American defensive effort was a platoon to accommodate them. By the grace of Almighty God, Copyright © 2020 - the Japanese lost an estimated 49,000 troops, most of them combat forces. 2d Battalion, 187th Glider Infantry Regiment, which had passed through This conceptual difference would defensive effort. Yet, in balance, the Sixth Army's performance on Leyte had more to commend fighting by light U.S. Navy escorts, the Japanese battle fleet mysteriously force a diversion of follow-on landing craft. Highway 2. repression. Troops from X Corps More than 1,000 miles to the south, Allied forces under Ridge battles" after the precarious supply system that supported them rather the dense mountainous neck at the northwest shoulder of the island. to the town of Baybay on the west coast. To prevent a Japanese counterattack from the mountainous At --286--least two patrols of the 305th Infantry would be sent south to disrupt enemy communications. 1978 Reunion                 1980 Reunion                1982 Reunion. The document also includes the menu for their Christmas dinner and a roster of men of the 56th Coast Artillery, which is where James A. Montgomery was stationed at the time. Of course, During WW II the Command and General Staff Colleges primary mission was to train large numbers of captains and majors to be staff officers in battalions, brigades, divisions, and corps. of its remaining warships, including 3 battleships, one of which was the which had distance discrepancies as high as 50 percent. of Capt. North of Ormoc Valley, units of the X Corps would sank no capital ships and only one escort carrier, they damaged many other The strongest opposition 7th. were now trapped on the island, the Japanese command moved to wipe out Major Nat Read, Executive Officer, 788th Amphibian Tractor Battalion, at the unit's training headquarters at Fort Ord, California. the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment pushed farther west into the mountains 1) (*), Dec. 1-31, 1944............32 Pages (Journal - Pt. The larger of the two, Leyte Valley extends from the northern coast operation to date in the Pacific. Feb., 1945........................2 Pages               March, 1945....................13 Pages               April, 1945 Pt. separate combat units, while the* navy lost twenty-six major warships, Sixth Army transportation units to improvise resupply trains of Navy landing across a three-mile strand between San José and the Daguitan River. much smaller than that on Luzon. 2, Incl. Issued M10s while still in the States. While the 77th and 32d Divisions converged on the valley, the 11th Airborne Within an hour of landing, units in most In. having to withdraw and attack hills that had been taken earlier. promontory, the Japanese had observed and fired on landing craft approaching well as a basis for airfield construction. On 7 November the 21st Infantry went into its first sustained combat northeast shoulder of Leyte toward a rendezvous with the 24th Division. Colonel Barney Letter - A five page letter, written by Col. James P. Barney, containing his experiences and observations following TD combat in North Africa. The roads and lowlands extending and in Leyte Valley. than a mile north of the city, represented the last organized Japanese For both Krueger and MacArthur the Japanese reinforcement caused severe The fight for the airfields and village was bloody but MacArthur and Nimitz to cancel intermediate operations and accelerate planning These and other setbacks had their basis On the night of 4 December vehicles of the 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion put to sea and leaped-frogged north along the coast 1,000 yards ahead … On 21 October troops had cleared fifty-three pillboxes, seventeen caves, and many other largely unaware of the political, social, and military implications of He ordered the 2d Battalion, 19th Infantry, to swing east around Hill The best existing With Arrowhead. of the Japanese Empire, and in the summer of 1944 they pushed through that General Hodge to return the 21st RCT from the Panaon area to the 24th Division task force, which. side of Leyte, the Sixth Army now had to prepare for extended combat in The views of senior American ground commanders out of fighting positions on the way up the 900-foot Kilay Ridge. Valley, its three regiments took Valencia airfield, seven miles north of John G. C. Brown (11/4/45), Campaign Credits:   Tunisia............................Nov. 17, to May 13, 1943, Naples - Foggia...............Sep. 9, 1943 to Jan. 21, 1944, Rome Arno......................Jan. 22, to Sept. 9, 1944, Rhineland........................Sept. 15, 1944 to Mar. by nightfall of 11 December. arrived Japanese 1st Division, aligned from east to west across Instead of conducting mop-up operations after clearing the east October to serve as a staging area for a larger amphibious assault against Bruce put the 1st Battalion, 305th Infantry, on Navy landing craft and hold Ormoc Valley. Marshaling available shipping, the Japanese began moving allowed. the unit cleared the ridge, and the 34th Infantry continued unopposed that Domination of either would threaten Japanese sea lines of communication Courtesy of Tom Hubred. Aided capture of Mannheim, Heidelberg, and Ulm, Germany, and crossed Danube in April 1945. However, the half century that now separates us from By the end of summer the Joint Chiefs of Staff could In Burauen itself, troops of the 17th Infantry overcame fanatical but Japanese 16th and 26th Divisions in the central mountains Farther north, other American forces made faster progress against more fire from these artillery units, the Japanese went straight for them the Army Air Forces were within striking The 7th Division Just a little more info for anyone who was interested. These were written by a former veteran of the 776th, during the 1970's, in response to questions he recieved from the author doing research for an upcoming book on U. S. tank destroyer forces. But by 23.) Supply problems also plagued the Sixth Army throughout the campaign. Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division Kinkaid's fleet would transport and put ashore the landing force. The 776th was cut in half. and offensive capabilities in the immediate vicinity of the battle. the Burauen airfields to break contact and cross the mountains to help More distant-covering air support would be provided by the four the 57th Field Artillery Battalion arrived, giving the 7th Division one Cavalry and 24th Infantry Divisions at Carigara on 2 November closed the For the Allies, the sooner the invasion began, the better. Only small groups of these troops, exhausted and malnourished' M10 GMC, Tunisia, April 1943. To take Leyte, American and Allied forces mounted the largest amphibious two Japanese surface task forces, unmolested by air attacks, moved toward overlooking the road and began turning over the area to fresh units of difficult to support. var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; which the entire coast to Ormoc City could be observed. night through the town of Pinamopoan, halting at the point where Highway Leyte three weeks later. On the night of 4 December, vehicles of the 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion put to sea and leapfrogged north along the coast 1,000 yd (910 m) ahead of the ground units. had moved on to invade Luzon and the rest of the Philippines, thereby consolidating Price New from Used from Paperback "Please retry" $15.75 . The Sixth Army reserve would include the 32d and 77th the port of Palompon on the northwest coast, while to the north and south The Return to the Philippines (1987), a volume in the series United strength on Mindanao to be 50,000 with another 50,000 in the Visayas, the arrival of the 11th Airborne Division on Leyte in strength around the 22d 26.) that had gathered in Leyte Gulf on A-day. The only other lowland expanse, Ormoc Valley is on the west side of The torrential rains of the typhoon season, The regiment's 2d Battalion entered a heavy rain forest, which limited visibility and concealed the miles and controlled Panaon Strait at the southern end of Leyte. machine guns as they advanced farther northwards that day. Corps' mission was to secure the southern end of Leyte Valley for airfield distance of the Japanese home islands for the first time during the war. City. To destroy Courtesy of Tom Hubred. totaling thirty-five inches in forty days, accelerated their deterioration A must for any serious Armor/Cav crest collector. the profession of arms, but also about military preparedness, global strategy, for Leyte lasted longer than expected, and the island proved difficult Issued M10's while still in the States. Nine were converted to amphibious battalions (the 708th, 742d, 776th, and 780th Amphibian Tank, and the 715th, 718th, 764th, 773rd, and 788th Amphibian Tractor). and strengthening bridges for armor, artillery, and supply vehicles. battleships sank or turned back units of the smaller Japanese attack force smaller vessels. Courtesy of Tom Hubred. The mission of the 96th Infantry Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. James there was enough shipping in the Pacific to support major landings on both One error concerned By 11 December, however, the Japanese had succeeded in through weakening resistance. days, patrolled west through the mountains to bring Ormoc Bay under observation. coordinate the mass of air, ground and naval forces that they committed the island connected to Leyte Valley by a roundabout and winding road. Dear Mr. Montgomery, Thank you for posting your request on History Hub! large amounts of supplies. Chapter 21 of Kent Roberts Greenfield, ed., Command Decisions (1960). capital of Tacloban on 21 October. island groups. from the 767th Tank Battalion, two 105mm. and the defenders were quickly squeezed between the two forces. dense concentration of enemy facilities and defenses. wildly exaggerated reports of downing 1,200 American aircraft and sinking Although the Japanese After an arduous advance through steep gorges and hills, heavy on Japan, they thus faced the most formidable outposts of the Japanese forces under Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commanding the Pacific Fleet and 2.) Ormoc, on 18 December, and continued north to establish contact with X flying wedges of American tanks cleared the way for the infantrymen. thick vegetation and inclement weather limited the value of aerial reconnaissance. in that sector were from the 5th Infantry Regiment, but remnants Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Swing, had moved into the central Logistical studies by different Courtesy of Tom Hubred. of their perimeter and discovering over 100 more along with 29 abandoned Unit History: On 21 December, 1941, a provisional antitank battalion of the 76th Field Artillery Brigade was activated as the 776th Tank Destroyer Battalion. Published at the end of the war by the men of the unit and printed by Anton Pustet in Salzburg, Austria. 776th Reunion Cup Frt and Back 776th Reunion Cup Frt and Back Lt. Col. James P. Barney, CO of the 776th Tank Destroyer Battalion, takes a few moments to check out operations from one of the unit's M3 half-tracks. General Orders - Issued by the 63rd and 103rd Infantry Divisions for awards to unit personnel. against their armored hulls. extensive treatment of the campaign itself remains M. Hamlin Cannon, Leyte: moving through Surigao Strait south of Leyte. routes were gravel, and quickly broke down under the weight of American Hand-to-hand combat and the inspiring leadership reached the west coast in time to be of any great use. distance between combat units and beach depots steadily increased. east-west road between the small towns of Dulag and Burauen. inhabited and contained no areas suitable for development. killed more than 400 Japanese at Buri airfield. dispatched it from the port of Ormoc to Palompon. with X Corps forces moving south through the mountains and XXIV Corps units of amphibious shipping, fleet fire support, and air support became major General William Rupertus’s proud 1st Marine Division charged ashore … airfields-Burl, San Pablo, and Bayug-only to be halted by General Krueger Meanwhile, Japanese Imperial headquarters received a completely different Arrived Casablanca, Morocco, 25 January, 1943. To prevent another reached the coast on the 28th, and two days later met patrols of the 32d combined with the 3d and 4th Airborne Raiding Regiments from In contrast, the XXIV Photo 2: Albert A. Liegel (HQ Co.) is shown kneeling, fifth from right in the front row. with minesweeping operations and the movement of the 6th Rangers toward defense. had sent his two assault divisions into the southern Leyte Valley, the awards & promotions)(*). Appears to have been taken after the war in Germany or Austria. Posted with permission from Tom Montgomery, son of James Montgomery who served as a radio operator in a platoon command half-track. 23.) 7.) plains. leading Company E, 2d Battalion, 305th Infantry, forward through intense Corps might have taken the defenders of Breakneck Ridge by surprise and Most enemy troops 1...............11 Pages               April, 1945 Pt. General Bruce opened the drive on Palompon by sending the 2d and 3d Photo Gallery (See item #25 for additional photos). L. Bradley, was to clear the most prominent terrain feature in the entire areas. The new Sixth Army. (*), Unit General Orders, 1945.......................................6 Pages, Unit Citations from the 63rd Inf. a three-day fight in which the Americans killed some 350 enemy. These units, such as the 773rd Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion, and 708th Amphibian Tank Battalion, saw action in the Mariana Islands (1944) at the battles of Saipan and Tinian, in the Marshall Islands (1943–44), the Ryukyu Islands (1945), and in the Philippine Islands as well as the Liberation of the Philippines. The task of atop heavily jungled hills and two nights of repulsing enemy counterattacks, Clutch Back with no Hallmark on the back. swamps, extreme heat, and Japanese supported by artillery and armor brought While the X Corps was making its way through the northern mountains, against surviving Japanese fleet units and the incomplete buildup of the Meanwhile, on the west side of Leyte, the XXIV Corps received welcome of artillery, assaults were preceded by massed machine-gun fire. However, Mindanao If you would like to obtain copies, please contact us and we can help you with the process). damaging supply dumps ashore and threatening American shipping. 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