THE MINDORO INVASION ORDERS
FIELD ORDER No. 1,
28 November, 1944
These documents are copies kept by Lt. John (Jack) W. Blair, the S-2 of the Third Battalion, 503d Parachute Infantry. *
The document appears courtesy of his son, Oakley B. Blair.**
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Many units in the Mindoro taskforce, units which fulfilled lesser roles, were awarded the arrowhead for the Mindoro amphibious assault- but not the 503d Parachute RCT. Why?
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* The documents are, unfortunately, incomplete, and are presented in an animated booklet format, as preserved. The photograph was marked "Sydney, Australia, 1942."
** He writes, "that (my father) talked a great deal about the 503d when I was growing up but always about the good times that he had with his "old cobbers". He loved Australia and regretted he never got back to tour "that beautiful" country in peacetime. He said that the Aussies were wonderful to the 503d boys when they were staging at Camp Gordonvale near Cairns. He went to a pub one evening and the patrons bought his dinner and all his beer! After the war, he decided to stay in the Army and fought in Korea 1951-53. He retire in 1965 as a Lt. General, and lived on the family farm in Elkton, Maryland.