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January 5, 2018

Action Report of LCI(L) (1021) on the Nasugbu Landing and Resupply, Jan & Feb 1945

Transcription of an action report on the 31 January 1945 Nasugbu Operation from the USS LCI(L)1 1021. This is a declassified document2 taken from the United States National Archives.

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USS LCI(L) 1021
FLEET POST OFFICE
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

A16-3(3)
Serial 2

CONFIDENTIAL                                                                                                                                    7 February 1945
From:
To:
Via:





Subject:

References:
Commanding Officer, LCI(L) 1021
Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet.
(1) Commander Task Unit 78.2.3.
(2) Commander Task Group 78.2.
(3) Commander Task Group 78
      (Commander Seventh Amphibious Force).
(4) Commander SEVENTH Fleet.

Action Report- Nasugbu Operation, 31 January and 5 February 1945.

(a) Article 874(6), U.S. Navy Regulation, 1920.
(b) Com7thPhib Conf. ltr. Serial 0212, dated 17 February 1944.
(c) ALNAV 215 December 1944.


PART I (omitted)

PART II

January 31: At 0630 went to General Quarters. At 0715 shelling by surface units began. At 0812 increased speed from steerage way to 2/3. At 0815 crossed “line of departure;” Div p21 13ans form was executed; Beaching Stations sounded. This ship quickly pulled up on station off the port quarter of LCI(L) 961. At 0825 beached using stern anchor with 25 fathoms of cable. Troops disembarked immediately. At 0830 retracted from beach. At 0831 stern anchor was housed and proceeded at standard speed to transport area.
February 5: Went to General Quarters at 0648. On various courses and speeds making way to beach. At 0817 Div p2 13ans for was executed and Beaching Stations sounded. Beached at 0821 using stern anchor with 50 fathoms of cable. Troops disembarked and retracted from beach at 0844. At 0915 anchored in convoy formation at short stay.

PART III

The ordnance material and equipment was not used. No ammunition was expended. All guns were completely manned throughout the entire landing.

PART IV

No battle damage was suffered, nor was any inflicted on the enemy by this ship.

PART V

No difficulty was encountered in seeing the beach as the smoke had cleared fairly well by the time of the approach. The LCVPs3 from the first and second waves stood clear while the LCIs advanced from the line of departure. Considering the fact that at the time of the initial beaching several troops were crippled by jungle rot4 the disembarkation was fast and well handled. Life lines had been rigged but as the water was not waist deep, they were not used by the troops. At the second beaching, some difficulty was encountered when the water was over waist deep and the troops were heavily laden with barracks bags and other equipment. Many of the men made two trips to the beach, taking first their small gear, then their heavy barracks bags.

PART VI

All personnel performed well. Commands and orders were quickly executed without confusion. No casualties were suffered.

Advance copy to CominCh                                                                                                                  R.J. KORNFELD
                                                                                                                                                                        Lt. U.S.N.R.

To view or download the original document, please refer to Item 2 below under Notes and References.

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Notes and references:
1 LCI(L) stands for “Landing Craft Infantry” (Large), Wikipedia.
2Rep of ops in the amphibious assault & resupply landings at Nasugbu, Luzon Is, Philippines on 1/31/45 & 2/5/45” online at the United States National Archives.
3 LCVP stands for Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel. “Glossary of US Naval Abbreviations,” online at Ibiblio.org.
4 Jungle rot is the common name for a disease marked by “chronic ulcerative skin lesion.” This disease is the “Tropical ulcer,” Wikipedia.

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