Magazine article America in WWII

Small Battle, Big Hero

Magazine article America in WWII

Small Battle, Big Hero

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WE HAD been AT Calboyog, Samar, for two weeks when Company C, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, was ordered to clear a small island off the tip of Samar in the San Bernardino Strait. Japanese naval personnel on the island were making mines to float out into the strait to damage or sink Allied shipping, so the US Navy wanted them removed. The Japanese had built two large bunkers near the beach. Each of these bunkers had an anti-aircraft gun mounted in it in addition to machine guns and small arms.

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Our attack on Biri Island began February 20, 1945. We watched from a distance as PT boats and P-38 planes attacked the island but did very little damage. Three LCMs [Landing Craft, Mechanized] headed for the beach, straight for the bunkers. The Japanese opened up on the LCMs and began tearing them apart with their antiaircraft weapons. Two LCMs withdrew, one listing to one side with motor damage and three dead on board. …

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