Our battalion goes in
D+3, Wednesday, 5 July. The Bn jump order will be: F Co, first;
Bn Hq Co, second; D Co, third; and E Co, last. Jump masters in F Co by
plane will be: #1, Lt. McRoberts; “2, Lt. Miller; #3, Lt. LaVanchure; #4,
Lt. Brock; #5, Lt. Clyde; #6, Lt. Flash; #7, Lt. Calhoun. The company
officers at this time were: 1st Lt. McRoberts,
CO; 1st Lt. Tom Clyde, Ex. O; 2nd Lt. William Calhoun, 1st platoon ldr; 2nd
Lt. Edward Flash, 2nd platoon ldr; 1st Lt. William LaVanchure, 3rd platoon ldr; 2nd Lt. Emory Ball, ass’t
1st platoon ldr; 2nd Lt. Charles Attmore, ass’t
2nd platoon ldr; and 2nd Lt. Sidney Brock, ass’t 3rd platoon ldr. Lt. Col.
John Britten, Bn CO; Capt. Lawson Caskey, Bn Ex O.
platoon will secure the area. The 2nd platoon will be the advance
party. The 1st platoon will be the assault platoon. The mission
will be given about 30 minutes after we assemble. The assembly area is 100
yards from point 2 near the middle of the strip. Intelligence men will mark
the Bn assembly area at point 2 with yellow smoke. As soon as a platoon is
assembled the platoon leader will notify the company commander by SCR 536
stating that the platoon is assembled and give the number of known injured
men and the missing men.
from Hollandia to Noemfoor is two and one half to two and three quarters
hours. There will be a time interval of ten minutes from the time we
pass over the strip until we circle to the “Go” point. With the 1st
battalion jumping D+1 and the third battalion jumping D+2 the jumping
procedures should be well refined. The landing area is the coral strip the
Japs constructed at Kamiri Airdrome. This sounds like a pretty hard surface
to land upon.
The big worry
is bombing by the Japs. There are 139 bombers and 260 fighters at Halmahera,
Sarong, and Manokwari. Within six hours are an additional 100 bombers and
100 fighters. This report evidently does not take into account that our air
forces had decimated the Jap air force.
Naval support consists of one heavy cruiser, five destroyers, and a number
Noemfoor is approximately 18 miles long, north-south, and 12 miles wide.
There are a number of good trails. Highest point is a mountain 670 feet.
General slope is to the west. There are streams along the coast and many
swamps around the streams and bays. The interior is heavy rain forest.
Predesignated points on the map will be used in describing positions. Use
approximate distances in yards directly from the nearest point.
Jump casualties will be given first aid treatment by aid men. The aid men
will then join the platoon to which they are assigned. If jumpers are
missing do not look for them. Regimental HQ Co and Service Co will be
searching for and salvaging bundles and containers. They will find missing
Namber strip to the south on the west coast is serviceable. Kornasoren Strip
to the west is an emergency strip under construction. The strip we jump on,
Kamari, is on the northwest corner of the island.
Men will dig in as soon
as we move into a position for the night. Distances from Hollandia to: