From my records a better understanding of
the happenings on 22 April could be obtained if I start a few days
April 20, 1945 - Friday.
Moved out of position and proceeded up mountains at 1200 hour.
Met some Filipinos but no Japs. The Filipinos gave us directions but
didn't know the Jap strength. Said there were a high number of them -
maybe in the hundreds. We crossed Malago. Set up perimeter on high
ground. Dug in.
April 21, 1945
Mortar fire (knee type) started. Apparently the enemy had watched us dig
in last night. Their fire was very accurate and demoralizing. We could
hear the shells dropped in the tubes and see a dim outline of them in
the early morning darkness as they reached their apogee and began their
descent on our positions. a helpless feeling. I estimate this went on
for about fifteen minutes.
As the knee mortar shelling lessened the Jap machine guns opened up. All
of us new it was their guns because of their higher explosive sound and
more rapid fire than ours.
A few M-1s came to life - than BARs - then our machine guns with their
deep throat sound opened. Both sides were well trained. No Hollywood
trigger squeezing till the belt is empty or the barrel overheats. Short
burst were the order of the day for both armies.
Their were screams - shouts- and the usual battle sounds for = maybe -
twenty minutes. It was then daylight. The enemy - about 75 of them -
began to withdraw. They left with us 10 Jap bodies.
Because we had dug in very well last night the "H" casualties were six
As the enemy withdrew they crossed a deep ravine and headed up a path
about 600 yards from our position. A patrol was sent out but was told to
keep them in sight if possible but not to get any closer than a few
"H" set up machine guns in their direction but held fire. The artillery
liaison officer was requested to notify his gun crews and spotter
"H" Company machine guns and 60mm mortars and the seventy fives from our
artillery all opened up at a precise moment. After a few minutes firing
our patrol moved in. Very few Japs escaped but I can't find in my notes
how many were killed.
It was about 7AM when things settled down and the aid men were treating
the wounded. I talked to each of them and was making plans for
evacuations. PFC Cecil White was conscious and talking but his arm was
gone. The stump was about four inches long. He asked me how badly he was
hurt. I told him he was seriously wounded and that I would try to get an
L19 spotter plane to land and transport him to Bacolod. All the company
started cutting grass with their machetes to prepare a landing strip of
a few hundred feet. After about an hour the spotter pilot flew over the
newly cut strip and radioed he would give it a try.
He sat down within a few feet of the threshold but couldn't stop the
roll-out before crashing. He was uninjured but the propeller broke in
I dejectedly walked back to Cecil White - not knowing what to tell him.
Cecil White was dead.
The medics told me that in addition to the loss of his arm he also had a
"sucking wound" in his chest that was unnoticed earlier.