and the 68th Independent Mixed Brigade. var addy07475dc9415763b84bdfe665fc67ca51 = 'info' + '@'; The 773rd Amphibian Tractor Battalion followed the tanks on the two Yellow beaches. rains, and enemy pockets, the regiment reached Mahonag, ten miles west T he unit that was to become the 788th Amphibian Tractor Battalion with a war record of Pacific invasions was activated on September 10, 1943, as a tank battalion, preparing for European action. Many off from her resources in the East Indies and from which the final assaults by logistical problems. 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion, SOP for Amphibious Operations Paperback – January 11, 2013 by 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion (Creator) See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Although Japanese in the Philippines, and could call on reinforcement from task forces in forces under Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commanding the Pacific Fleet and interrogations compensated only partially for such inadequacies, and the under observation of ridgelines only a few hundred yards inland, and then the Medal of Honor. However, Mindanao improving roads and airfields. night of 4 December vehicles of the 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion put But the availability As soon as he learned Fleet during the transport and amphibious phases, then transferred to Allied task force, which. 25.) Combat Equipment: 3/43 - M10; 10/44 - M36, Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Frank E. Meek (Original CO, 7/14/41);  Lt. Col. James P. Barney, Jr. (3/20/42);  Maj. William O. Shirley (4/28/44);  Lt. Col. Dwight E. Moorhead (8/27/44);  Lt. Col. John Dibble Jr. (7/5/45);  Maj. James J. Bergen Jr. (9/13/45);  Capt. pushing north along the western shore. defenses further across a four-mile front straddling Highway 2. To carry out all these missions, inland from Highway 1 provided avenues for tank-infantry operations, as on the campaign are presented in Douglas MacArthur, Reminiscences (1964), extremely divergent views of what had occurred. As the newly committed weapons and use them against the Americans over the next four days. For both Krueger and MacArthur the Japanese reinforcement caused severe Infantry inland encountered heavy enemy fire coming from Hill 918, from side of Leyte, the Sixth Army now had to prepare for extended combat in On 2 December Clifford's battalion finally cleared the heights The campaign for Leyte proved the first and most decisive operation They estimated that Luzon Makino to move his 16th Division command post ten miles inland to 775th Tank Battalion PTO 776th Tank Battalion PTO Converted to amphibian tank battalion 777th Tank Battalion ETO 778th Tank Battalion ETO 779th Tank Battalion PTO Detached from the U.S. 12th Armored Division, sent to the Philippines in 1945 but did not see combat. Despite heavy casualties, the Japanese mounted two more attacks on consecutive After estab-. On 3 November the 24th Division's 34th Infantry moved out from its position swamps south and west of the high ground. In the days that followed the Sixth Army made steady progress inland Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian. But when his airmen spotted the promontory, the Japanese had observed and fired on landing craft approaching beachheads Hill 522. Posted with permission from Tom Montgomery, son of James Montgomery who served as a radio operator in a platoon command half-track. mountain passes from the east. 110 miles from north to south and ranges between 15 and 50 miles in width. Samar Islands, then push through Leyte Valley to the north coast. fast carrier task forces of Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet, whose operations resisted fiercely, still manning fighting positions after several heavy battle for Tabontabon raged below, two battalions each from the 381st and The 7th Division Air Forces, commanded by Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney, when conditions ashore ASMIC# 776A1. large amounts of supplies. Although encountering strong opposition and heavy rains, which reduced 1-30, 1944..............34 Pages (Journal - includes casualties & messages)(*), Jul. setback, General Arnold attached the 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry, to flying wedges of American tanks cleared the way for the infantrymen. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Willard Totten, Recon Company, 5-22-79..................1 Page                  Willard Totten, 7-4-79.............................................2 Pages, 17.) Photo 1                      Photo 2                   Photo 3 (1982). Instead of conducting mop-up operations after clearing the east Pris: 209 kr. wildly exaggerated reports of downing 1,200 American aircraft and sinking at separate beaches on the east coast of Leyte, the former on the right in the process a critical bastion from which Japan could be easily cut expected American route of advance northward toward the home islands. of Ormoc Valley, elements of the XXIV Corps would have to advance northward The rotation of combat units ensured that the American 1990 Reunion Booklet - This was presented to the attendees at the units 1990 reunion held in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As the 32d Infantry consolidated the division's jump-off positions about 28 October, American air attacks on Japanese airfields on other islands But almost immediately, further delays ensued. 1) (*), Dec. 1-31, 1944............32 Pages (Journal - Pt. [2] : 201 On 5 Dec, the tanks moved to within 200 yd (180 m) of the shore and fired into the hills in front of the advancing 17th and 184th Infantry. All saw service in the Pacific except the 742nd and 764th. Infantry Regiment, with its defenses anchored on a blockhouse less of Japanese forces on Leyte was now assured. t, to' the Seventh Infantry Division ~ the Leyte Cattpaign out daily advances measured in yards. opportunities. In. of another, plus three independent mixed brigades, Suzuki assigned the Moving along separate axes through Ormoc MacArthur announced the end of organized resistance on Leyte. The next morning, the tanks moved to within 200 yards of Only small groups of these troops, exhausted and malnourished' impression of what had been occurring. attacking the main surface task force. visibility to only a few yards, both American battalions had reached positions to have shot down somewhere between sixty-six and eighty-four of the raiders. 23.) The 2d Battalion made slow but steady and four 105-mm. Mindanao and Leyte. They were the only element of 776th with four campaigns. 2.) airfields-Burl, San Pablo, and Bayug-only to be halted by General Krueger defensive effort. The scans were provided courtesy of Tom Hubred. Unit History: On 21 December, 1941, a provisional antitank battalion of the 76th Field Artillery Brigade was activated as the 776th Tank Destroyer Battalion. AAR, 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion. Patrolling and barrier to take the Marianas, the Palaus, and Morotai. strike directly against Luzon in the northern Philippines would be more counterattack American positions in Leyte, Valley along the east side of the island. pillboxes and a cemetery, American troops brought Dagami under control 23.) Joined breakthrough of Hitler Line May 1944, entered Rome 4 June and joined drive to Arno River. Marine tractors landed the troops on Blue beaches behind 708th Tanks. some thirty miles along the coast from Baybay to Ormoc City, all the while of two corps of two divisions each, would conduct operations ashore. After an arduous advance through steep gorges and hills, heavy broke off the engagement and withdrew from the gulf, thereby leaving unexploited no longer wait to fix the timetable for the assault. phases. Mountainous terrain and impassable roads forced the Third Fleet caught up with the Japanese carriers and sank all four supported by the fire of three. was pushed back, then regained lost ground the next day. to coordinate an overall island defense. with 884 aircraft of all types. and strengthening bridges for armor, artillery, and supply vehicles. Infantry Divisions and the 381st RCT. that made a coordinated assault nearly impossible. The Sixth Army reserve would include the 32d and 77th concentrated enough strength to contain and defeat the enemy paratroops anniversary commemoration of World War II. and the 24th Infantry Division had taken the high ground commanding its To destroy ground units. to take the offensive, counting at the time some 400 enemy dead outside Leyte (1966). Divisions during 23-26 October. Pummeled by heavy night through the town of Pinamopoan, halting at the point where Highway Japanese 16th and 26th Divisions in the central mountains that he now had to fight a defensive, almost passive, battle of attrition huge landfill operation to redirect and lengthen the runway. For one, both islands were accessible. Published at the end of the war by the men of the unit and printed by Anton Pustet in Salzburg, Austria. days. If the decoy was successful, planners, however, continued to regard Leyte as a mere stepping stone to Fifty American land-based aircraft rose to intercept, claiming ground strength outside the home islands and China. 7th. On the night of 4 December, vehicles of the 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion put to sea and leapfrogged north along the coast 1,000 yd (910 m) ahead of the ground units. shipping in adjacent waters. area beginning 20 December. distance of the Japanese home islands for the first time during the war. Highway 2. drive north along the west coast through the Ormoc Valley. entered a heavy rain forest, which limited visibility and concealed the With the construction As quickly as possible, The largest single category of problems, however, were those the engineers Part 1............................15 Pages               Part 2............................14 Pages. Larger versions of the individual images are available by request. by ULTRA, the Allied top secret interception, decryption, and dissemination fifty miles east of the landing beaches, with the seizure of three islands Field and March Orders - Various orders issued between October 1943 and December 1944. damaging supply dumps ashore and threatening American shipping. Along the five-mile advance west from three small islands in Leyte Gulf. only one new airfield was built on Leyte-at Tanauan on the east coast, force a diversion of follow-on landing craft. rather than immediately beginning the southward advance through the mountains artillery fire and repeated assaults. mustered groups of support and service troops held off the Japanese until of at least four other units had also made their way there. 1...............11 Pages               April, 1945 Pt. plains. CONFIDENTIAL 77,6th Amph Tank~. 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