Magazine article America in WWII

'Minor Shipping Losses'

Magazine article America in WWII

'Minor Shipping Losses'

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Frederick Adams graduated from Alabama's Auburn University in May 1942 as an army 2nd lieutenant and reported for duty with the 1279th Engineer Combat Battalion. In January 1945, he and his fellow engineers found themselves in Lingayen Gulf, supporting the invasion of the Philippine island of Luzon. US newspapers referred to this operation as successful "with only minor shipping losses." "The losses were certainly not minor in our eyes," Adams says.

The assault forces met no opposition when they stormed the beaches. And although Adams's troop ship was bothered by occasional air attacks that evening, the wee hours of the morning were peaceful and still. That changed around 2 A.M. Adams was jarred awake by explosions, one of them in the compartment next to his. "I quickly swung my legs over the side of my bunk," he says, only to be straddled by Bill, the engineer in the bunk above him, as he leapt down. …

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