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Malaybalay City World War II Chapter 1 Invasion

Posted by Delbert on July 22nd, 2007

 

Malaybalay City


During World War II

 

 

Invasion

Malaybalay City During World War II

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“Here is a part of the ship convoy as we approach Mindanao for our landing which I believe to be in the Parang area.”

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Map of Mindanao

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“These wrecked buildings are the result of pre-invasion bombing and shelling.”

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The Army 24th Infantry Division came in just ahead of us and went east to Davao. We, Army 31st Infantry “Dixie” Division, went north up the Sayre Highway with my unit the 124th Infantry Regiment leading the fight all the way to Malaybalay. Part of my job as Regimental Motor Sergeant entailed leading truck convoys, such as the one in this Photo, over these dangerous mountain roads.

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This is the Regimental Motor Officer’s Jeep which is aptly named “Buttbuster.” Being Regimental Motor Sergeant I often drove this Jeep and the soldier in the photo is me.

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“The Sayre Highway was just a dirt road and with our military vehicle traffic it quickly deteriorated to almost nothing. When dry it was clouds of dust, as in this photo, which would choke up the truck Air Cleaner thereby knocking it out of use until serviced.”

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