3 May 1945
Negros, P.I.


The "F" Company History for 3 May1945 contains the following entry:

1st platoon moved up into the forest approx. 1000 yds. to set up a platoon outpost, where they contacted approx. 200 enemy and were surrounded. 2nd Platoon went to their relief and after fierce fighting both platoons withdrew leaving an unknown number of enemy dead. During this action Pfc. Jose Caldron was killed and Pfc Allen Martin was fatally wounded. Pfc.'s Perry Bandt and Phillip Smith were LWA.

Lt. Calhoun recalls:

For several days "F" Company had been maintaining an outpost, previously described, a mile or so up in the forest. The 1st platoon was manning this outpost with one section on LMG's attached. On the 3rd we sent the 2nd platoon up to relieve them along with the other section of LMG's. About the time the relief force arrived on top of the hill a large Jap force attacked from the southeast side of the hill employing a number of automatic weapons, a large volume of rifle fire, and heavy mortar shelling. Our force answered with fierce fire power. After about twenty minutes the Japs withdrew. The 1st platoon returned , and the 2nd platoon with their attached machine gun section stayed. Calderon from the 1st platoon was killed, and Martin from the 2nd platoon soon died of his wounds. Bandt from the 1st platoon and Smith from the 2d platoon were wounded. I believe there were casualties in the machine gun platoon. The battalion S-3 journal is incorrect in the number killed, so their wounded number may be incorrect.

From "Bless 'em All."



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