ready for the mission. We had two movies tonight, “The Omaha Trail” and “The
Keeper of the Flame”. Our movies are shone out on the beach, and when air
raid warnings sound they are discontinued until all clear sounds.
have been heavy with big rollers coming in. We enjoyed riding them, or
attempting to until the natives warned us that schools of barracuda came
near the shore during these times.
has been delayed. Resistance has been so heavy on Leyte that a flanking
movement is necessary. The amphibious fleet that is to transport our task
force had to be used to take a flanking force to the western side and make a
beach landing on the shores of Ormoc Bay. So now we will wait until the
are still frequent, a several times a day occurrence. We have guards around
our regimental area. A plane load of Japanese paratroopers crash landed on
the beach just south of us and escaped into the interior. The Japs have
jumped some paratroopers back in the interior. I suppose this was a stray
plane from that bunch. A division, the 77th, was just south of us on the
beach. The plane just barely landed in their area near where our area began.
The plane was identical to a C-47. I was camouflaged painted and had red
balls painted on each wing. The Infantryman on guard thinking it was one of
ours, it was night, rushed up to the plane to be of assistance. The next
thing he knew a Jap officer came out swinging a saber. All escaped unharmed.
The Japs headed inland.
we left for Leyte a ship was hit and burned all night. There are many, many
ships in the bay and out in the gulf. Our planes are leery of flying over
them, because when a ship’s ack-ack opens up regardless of who it is all the
other ships join in. They seem to shoot first and ask questions later.
Sherman, tanks are dug in at regular intervals along the beach. The dug pits
deep enough to hide the chassis of the tank, cover the hole up to the tank
and just left the turret above ground level.