of the move of the 2nd and 3rd battalions of the 503d PRCT from
Mindoro to Negros do not agree. According to the 503d Historical
Report (Operations) the RCT was alerted 25 March 1945 for a probable
jump at Alicante Airfield, Negros Island in order to seize and
secure the town of Saravia (on the northwestern end of the island)
and link up with the 185th Infantry RCT (40th Div) in the vicinity
of the Imbang River Bridge. The 3rd Bn. was scheduled to jump at
0900 and the 2nd Bn. at 1200.
The 503d RCT Historical Report
(Operational) states that after F.O. #10 was issued 5 April 1945,
the jump was canceled on that same day because the enemy was not
defending the coastal regions. The movement of the RCT, less the 1st
Bn., C Btry and elements of D Btry, 462nd PFA (which were to remain
on Mindoro as reserves) began on 6 April and was completed on 7
The units were flown by C-46's to
Iloilo City, Panay Island (to the west of Negros) and then crossed
the straits to Pulupanadan, Negros by LCI's. The 503d RCT was now
under command of Major General Rapp Brush, commanding general of the
40th Infantry Division.
Bill Calhoun, F Co.