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January 5, 2018

Action Report of LCI(L) 976 on the Nasugbu Operation, January 1945

Transcription of an action report related to the 31 January 1945 Nasugbu Landing Operation from the LCI(L)1 976. This is a declassified document2 taken from the United States National Archives. It is part of a group of reports filed by LCI(L) Group 44.

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U.S.S. LCI(L) 976
Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, Calif.

LCI/976 A16-3
Serial No. 3.

From:
To:
Via:


Subject:

Reference:


The Commanding Officer
The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet
(1) Commander Task Unit 78.2.1 (Commander LCI(L) Flotilla FIFTEEN)
(2) Commander Task Group 78.2 (Commander Amphibious Group EIGHT)
(3) Commander Task Force 78 (Commander SEVENTH Amphibious Force)
(4) Commander SEVENTH Fleet.

Action Report – NASUGBU, Luzon Island Operation.

(a) Article 874 (6), U.S. Navy Regulations, 1920.
(b) Com7thPhib Conf. Ltr. serial 0212 of 17 February 1944.
(c) ALNAV 215 of December 1944.
PART I (Omitted)

PART II

This ship was the end ship on the right of the right flank group of the third wave.
At 1030, 26 January 1945 loaded troops of the 188th RCT of the 11th Airborne Division at Tarragona Beach, Leyte. Participated in a practice landing on that same beach on the afternoon of the same day.
At 1730 of the same day this ship got underway, took station in convoy, proceeding to the objective area off RED Beach, Nasugbu, Luzon, P.I. This vessel deployed with the third wave formation in position at the right end of the right flank of wave three, crossing the line of departure at 0818, 31 January 1945. At 0826, this vessel beached, using stern anchor with 115 fathoms of cable and commenced debarking troops. At 0830 debarking was completed and retraction commenced, proceeding thence to a point north of the transport area, standing by for reformation of the convoy. Returned in convoy to Mangarin Bay, Mindoro, anchoring at 1045, 1 February 1945. At 1330 of 4 February 1945 embarked troops of the 19th RCT for reinforcement at Nasugbu, Luzon Island. Underway at 1645 with other units of Task Unit 78.2.12 to the objective area. Beaching was made at 0830, 5 February 1945. Troops were disembarked by 0838, and after retracting ship anchored 1200 yards off Red Beach. At 1620 underway in convoy station returning to Mangarin Bay, Mindoro Island. At 0815, 6 February anchored off White Beach, Mangarin Bay, Mindoro.
No enemy resistance was encountered by this ship at any time during the operation.



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LCI/976 A16-3
Serial No. 3
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From:
To:
The Commanding Officer
The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet.
PART III

No ammunition was expended.

PART IV

No battle damage was suffered.

PART V

No comment.

PART VI

The performance of the officers and men of this ship in this operation was uniformly excellent, in spite of being under complemented. There were no casualties.

Signed: Lieut.(jg) William C. Lawton, USNR

Advance copy to ComInCh.

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). “Glossary of U.S. Naval Abbreviations – L,” online at Ibiblio.org.
2COM LCI(L) GR 44 - Rep of ops In the assault landing on 1/31/45 & resupply landing on 2/5/45 at Nasugbu, Luzon Is, Philippines,” online at the United States National Archives.

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