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    San Jose Occidental Mindoro Philippines
Location
Lat 12° 21' 10N Long 121° 4' 3E  San Jose is located on the southwest corner of Mindoro Occidental on Midoro Island in region IV-B of the Philippines. Borders Magarin Bay to the south.

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 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.

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

Hill Airfield (Hammer)
Wartime airfield, disused

Murtha Airfield
Wartime airfield, disused

Elmore Airfield (San Jose Airfield)
Prewar airfield, used by the Japanese, expanded by Americans, disused today

P-38 Lightning 44-24485
Pilot Henderson MIA July 13, 1945

P-38L Lightning 44-26538
Pilot Stier MIA July 13, 1945

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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