January 9, 1945
Carl R. Thien 1945
Justin Taylan 2003
Gulf in northern Luzon, bordering Pangasinan to the south and west, and La Union to the east. Site
of both the Japanese (1941) and American (1945) landings on Luzon.
Japanese Occupation Landing
On December 22, 1941 Japanese
General Homma's 14th Army landings on the eastern side of the
Lingayen Gulf at Agoo, Vaba, Santiago and Bauang.
American Liberation Landing
On January 9, 1945 an Allied amphibious landing of U.S. Army troops from the 6th Army land along a 20 mile beachhead,
stretching from Saul, Lingayen and Dagupan (XIV Corps) to the west,
and San Fabian (I Corps) in to the east. During the initial landing, 68,000 troops are landed. A total of 203,608 land in subsequent landings.
Once ashore MacArthur commanded
over 280,000 men,more than Eisenhower in Europe. During
the assault group's trip to Lingayen from January 4 - 12th a total
of 24 ships were sunk and 67 damaged by kamikaze attacks. Damaged was the USS Mississippi BB-41 and USS Colombia CL-56. The
USS Colorado BB-45 was accidentally hit by friendly fire and damaged. Sunk in Lingayen Gulf was USS Long DD-209 and USS Hovey (DD-208 / DMS-11).
American mission against
December 28, 1944 - January 8, 1945
Lingayen Gulf is peaceful, with mainly local fishing boats using the Gulf only.
P-38L Lightning 44-25455
Pilot Shannon MIA January 20, 1945
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