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December 7, 1944

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Justin Taylan 2005

Ormoc Bay borders Ormoc on the western coast of Leyte Island in the Philippines

Wartime History
After the November 1944 U. S. Army landing on the eastern coast of Leyte, Ormoc Bay became an important area for the Japanese Army resupply during the Leyte campaign, where troops were reinforcements and supplies could land.

US Army Landing
On December 7, 1944, US Navy APDs with LCVP's landed the US Army 77th Division at Ormoc at White 1 and White 2 beaches and met no opposition on the shore. At least one camouflaged E16A Paul T-301 was captured camouflaged near shore.

Battle of Ormoc Bay
A series of Naval actions between November 11 - December 21, 1944. The magnitude of fighting was not that of the more famous action at Leyte Gulf, but the Japanese vigorously resisted, with kamikaze attacks, and local air supremacy. There were 70 airfields in the Philippine Island which mean Japanese planes could approach from short distances. During the action, several destroyers were sunk and others damaged.

Cmdr Foster of the USS Moale summarized the action:
"My attention was focused on avoiding attacks from aircraft, possible torpedoes, enemy fire from surface ships and shore batteries. We were in a hot spot, hotter than we knew at the time."

USS Cooper DD-695
Sunk December 3, 1944 by torpedo during the Battle of Ormoc Bay

USS Ward DD-139
Sunk December 7, 1944 by kamikaze attack
during the Battle of Ormoc Bay

Sunk November 11, 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay

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September 27, 2018


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