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    Occidental Mindoro Mindoro Philippines

Location
Mindoro Island is divided into two provinces: the western half Occidental Mindoro and the eastern half Oriental Mindoro. Occidental Mindoro also includes offshore islands including Lubang Island.

San Jose
Main town on the island of Mindoro, located in the southwest of the island in Mindoro Occidental.

Wartime History
Liberated by American forces (Western Visayan Task Force) under Brigadier-General Willam C. Dunckel departed Leyte on December 12, 1944. The next day, kamikaze aircraft damaged USS Nashville (CL-43), the flagship where over 130 were killed, including high ranking officers. The Nashville and another destroyer turned back to Leyte. The roughly 1,000 Japanese fled inland during the bombardment. On December 15, 1944 the U. S. Army landed unopposed in Magarin Bay at White Beach near San Jose. By December 23, 1944 two airfields were in operation and provided air support for the liberation of Luzon.

On December 24, 1944 two Japanese cruisers and eight destroyers left Camranh Bay off Indochina (Vietnam). Spotted and attacked by aircraft and PT Boats, that managed to sink one of the destroyers. The Japanese force then bombarded the beach area on December 26, 1944 but did little damage before they departed for Indochina. This was one of the last Japanese surface unit attacks on an American beachheads during the Pacific War.

Magarin Bay
Borders San Jose on the southwest corner of Mindoro Island. US Army landing December 15, 1944

San Jose
Located at the southwest corner of Mindoro Island. Includes McGuire Drome (San Jose Airport), Hill Airfield (Hammer), Murtha Airfield, Elmore Airfield (San Jose Airfield).

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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