Action Report of LCI(G) 751 on the Nasugbu Landing, Jan 1945
c/o FLEET POST OFFICE
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.
|From:||The Commanding Officer.|
|To:||The Commander in Chief, United States Fleet.|
(1) Commander LCI(G) Group 16.|
(2) Commander Amphibious Group Eight.
(3) Commander Seventh Amphibious Force.
(4) Commander Seventh Fleet.
(5) Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas.
|Subject:||Action Report, Amphibious Assault on Nasugbu Area, Luzon, P. I. 31 January 1945.|
(a) U.S. Navy Regulations, 1920, Art 712, 874 (6).|
(b) Alnav 176-43.
(c) Cominch Ltr. Serial 7152, dated 29 October 1943.
(d) Alnav 215-44.
|Enclosure:||(A) Subject Report. - p.2.|
Comm. LCI Flot. 6
CommPhib Grp 8
The period covered by this report includes the following dates inclusive: 27 January 1945 to 2 February 1945. Zone -9 time used throughout. Essential features of this vessel’s participation in the Nasugbu operation are (1), sortie from Leyte Gulf and journey to objective area; (2), two rocket runs on beaches in objective area; (3), return to Mindoro.
Operation Plan 1-45, Serial 00059 of CTG 78.2 which was derived from CTF 78, OP-Plan No 2-45 and CANF-SWPA OP-Plan No. 18-44 used as guide.
Underway at dawn, 27 January, from Tarragona, Leyte for rehearsal. Upon completion of rehearsal, sortied from Terragona at 1800 same date with task group 78.2, carrying elements of 11th airborne division, U.S. Army. This vessel a ship of Task Unit 78.2.6, the Support Unit. Cruised through Mindanao Sea, Northward off Western coast of Mindoro, to destination. Training conducted during journey consisted of gun loading drills, first aid lectures, recognition periods devoted to new enemy planes, and instruction of crew of their duties in performing the task ahead.
No enemy forces encountered during journey. Screen reported several radar bogey contacts, but none developed into attack. Held morning and evening general quarters.
Mission of this vessel was to take place 150 barrage rockets on San Diego Point at dawn, 31 January, and then to lead assault waves to the assault beach at 0615 that morning and to strafe beaches and lay down rocket barrage ahead of assault waves.
Everything appeared to run off very smoothly. No recommendations, no criticisms to the landings.
However, it is thought that ships should be better provisioned when leaving the staging area, than this one was. Before returning from the area of the Lingayen Gulf operation we were directed to leave all provisions with ships remaining in that area, keeping on board only enough to get us back to San Pedro Bay. We did this, only to find it impossible to replenish our supply of meats before leaving for this operation. The result being that our meals have left much to be desired. We had no fresh meats since leaving the Lingayen Gulf Area.
2 “LCI(G)-571 - Rep of ops in the amphibious assault landing at Nasugbu, Luzon Is, Philippines on 1/31/45” online at the United States National Archives.