Brolly reminded me...

Brolly reminded me...

Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

October 26th, 2010, 4:14 am #1

"1944 On this day in 1944, during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze ("divine wind") suicide bombers against American warships for the first time. It will prove costly--to both sides. All told, more than 1,321 Japanese aircraft crash-dived their planes into Allied warships during the war, desperate efforts to reverse the growing Allied advantage in the Pacific. While approximately 3,000 Americans and Brits died because of these attacks, the damage done did not prevent the Allied capture of the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa."

For those of you who have not read "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors", now is the time. It gives you a picture of the battle of Samar/Leyte Gulf that you will never forget.

This is Military Appreciation Week... thank a Vet, Active Duty or Reserve military person.. they are sacrificing for all of us. THANK YOU for your service!
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Joined: August 29th, 2010, 10:22 pm

October 26th, 2010, 9:20 pm #2

My Uncle Joe was a sailor aboard the Escort Carrier
USS Suwannee, which was struck by Kamikazes on both
25 and 26 October 1944 at Leyte Gulf. The skill
and courage of the crew saved the ship. But casualties
were high - 107 dead and 160 wounded over the two days.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Suwannee_(CVE-27)
Last edited by dk500 on October 26th, 2010, 9:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: March 11th, 2008, 1:34 am

October 27th, 2010, 4:18 am #3

"1944 On this day in 1944, during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze ("divine wind") suicide bombers against American warships for the first time. It will prove costly--to both sides. All told, more than 1,321 Japanese aircraft crash-dived their planes into Allied warships during the war, desperate efforts to reverse the growing Allied advantage in the Pacific. While approximately 3,000 Americans and Brits died because of these attacks, the damage done did not prevent the Allied capture of the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa."

For those of you who have not read "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors", now is the time. It gives you a picture of the battle of Samar/Leyte Gulf that you will never forget.

This is Military Appreciation Week... thank a Vet, Active Duty or Reserve military person.. they are sacrificing for all of us. THANK YOU for your service!
LST456 WAS setting on the beach with our stern anchor cable
in our screw after we tryed to unload a bull dozerin the dark
our capt.was in his cabin in bad shape to much 190 proof
we sat there for 3 days waiting for under water cutting
torch to cut us free
Yes I WAS THERE ELLIS
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

October 28th, 2010, 1:19 am #4

Ellis... I know I've had the privilege of talking to you about this as my Dad was there too. You on one T and my Dad on another, surviving the Kamikaze attacks all around you. I think you and he would have had a few long talks about your memories if he were still with us.

Again, Ellis.. thanks for your service and your bravery. Those days were difficult in more ways than one.

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Joined: August 29th, 2010, 10:22 pm

October 28th, 2010, 9:51 pm #5

LST456 WAS setting on the beach with our stern anchor cable
in our screw after we tryed to unload a bull dozerin the dark
our capt.was in his cabin in bad shape to much 190 proof
we sat there for 3 days waiting for under water cutting
torch to cut us free
Yes I WAS THERE ELLIS
Ellis,

Did you see the photos of LST 456 I had provided
to Navsource?

http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/16/160456.htm


Dave
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Joined: March 11th, 2008, 1:34 am

October 29th, 2010, 8:38 pm #6

Dave was you on LST456
I had seen most of the picture
I would like to talk to you on the phone
my email is bedelay @ cox.net
I am not good on this thing
you can send me your phone no.
I will call you
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Joined: December 20th, 2006, 7:02 pm

November 2nd, 2010, 3:00 am #7

"1944 On this day in 1944, during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze ("divine wind") suicide bombers against American warships for the first time. It will prove costly--to both sides. All told, more than 1,321 Japanese aircraft crash-dived their planes into Allied warships during the war, desperate efforts to reverse the growing Allied advantage in the Pacific. While approximately 3,000 Americans and Brits died because of these attacks, the damage done did not prevent the Allied capture of the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa."

For those of you who have not read "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors", now is the time. It gives you a picture of the battle of Samar/Leyte Gulf that you will never forget.

This is Military Appreciation Week... thank a Vet, Active Duty or Reserve military person.. they are sacrificing for all of us. THANK YOU for your service!
I was on the LST 465 and on the 3"50 gun crew. The Japs held there fire until the LST's started for the beach. Then all hell broke loose. They opened fire with morter and light artillery fire. We could not fire back as we already had many of our troops on the beach. Rocky
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