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.
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
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 Navy surface attack against an American beachheads during
the Pacific War.
Located on the southwest corner of Mindoro bordering San Jose where U. S. Army landed December 15, 1944
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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June 15, 2019