Smitty’s Letter XV “Land”

Pacific Paratrooper

Native outrigger canoes meet up with a Coast Guard transport.

[Please do not be offended by certain remarks, remember that these letters were written 77 years ago when people lived in another time and another world].

As the ships drew closer to Leyte, the American soldiers already on shore were being hampered by logistical problems which caused a severe delay in capturing the island.  When the 11th A/B division arrived on Bito Beach, General Hodge was finally able to move General Arnold’s 7th division and their plans started to come together.

Leyte activity map | enlarge for detail


Letter XV                                         Landing                        Somewhere in the Philippines

Dear Mom,

We landed here in the Philippines yesterday morn, but before leaving the ship, the Japs treated us with their honorable (?) presence in the form of bombing planes.  Shore batteries kept hammering at them in the gloom of a misty a.m. and…

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5 thoughts on “Smitty’s Letter XV “Land”

  1. My pleasure, GP. Sorry, I was late this week. It’s a hectic week preparing for the HOA meeting last night. I thought of writing something for the Battle of Leyte Gulf which was last Saturday but had no time. Maybe next year!

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