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    Magarin Bay Occidental Mindoro | Mindoro Philippines

Location
Bay on the southwest corner of Mindoro Island part of Occidental Mindoro located near San Jose.

Wartime History
The Western Visayan Task Force under Brigadier-General Willam C. Dunckel departed Leyte on December 12, 1944. Kamikaze attacks crippled the Light Cruiser USS Nashville, the flagship where over 130 were killed, including high ranking officers. The Nashville and another Destroyer had to turn back to Leyte.

On December 15, the US Army landed unopposed at White Beach, near San Jose. The roughly 1,000 Japanese fled inland during the pre-invasion bombardment. By December 23, two airfields were in operation and provided air support for the liberation of Luzon.

On December 24, 1944 a Japanese Navy force including two cruisers: Ashigara and Ōyodo plus eight destroyers: Kiyoshimo, Asashimo, Kasumi, Kaya, Kashi, and Sugi departs Camranh Bay off Indochina (Vietnam) as part of "Operation Rei-Go" a raiding force to bombard the San Jose beachhead. On December 26, 1944 during the evening spotted and attacked by B-25s and PT Boats. Damaged and sunk is Kiyoshimo. On December 27, 1944 at 1:00am the remaining force bombards the beachhead area, but causes little damage. This was one of the last Japanese surface unit attacks on an American beachheads during the Pacific War. The next day returns to Camranh Bay.

F1M2 Pete Tail 954-33
Abandoned at Magarin Bay.

McGuire Airfield (San Jose Airport)
Named in honor of Thomas McGuire, it was an American airbase, still in use today

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Last Updated
January 21, 2018

 

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