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Action Report of the USS-LCI(G) 442 on the Nasugbu Landing, Jan 1945

Transcription of an action report on the 31 January 1945 assault landing at Nasugbu, Batangas from the USS-LCI(G)1 442. This is a declassified document2 taken from the United States National Archives.

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Historic Batangas Documents
U.S.S. LCI(G) 442
7 February, 1945

From:      Commanding Officer, U.S.S. LCI(G) 442
To:           Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Via:         Commander, LCI(G) Group – 16
                 Commander, Task Unit 78.2.6
                 (LCI Support Unit)
                 Commander, Task Group 78.2
                 (Commander, Amphibious Group 8)
                Commander, Task Force 78
                (Commander, SEVENTH Fleet)

Subject: Action Report, Operational Mike Seven, Nasugbu Area, Luzon, P.I.

Reference: Cincpac3 file A2-11/A12 Serial 1CL-45

Part 1. Brief Summary.

(A) The following is the action report of the LCI(G) 442 during the initial assault on the Nasugbu Area, Luzon, P.I. The period covered by the report is from 31 January, 1945 until the 2 February, 1945. During the landing and later, the ship was in station on the northern end of the assault boat lanes, standing by to furnish fire as required or to relieve the other support ships in station. We furnished some fire as required, but were not called upon to relieve the other support ships.

Part 2.

(A) Preliminaries.
The ship operated with Support Unit 78.2.6, the next higher operational command being Commander 78.2.6 Support Unit.

(B) Ship left in Convoy from Leyte, 27 January, 1945, proceeded through Mindanao Sea, Sulu Sea, to South China Sea, arriving off Luzon at Nasugbu on the morning of 31 January, 1945. Fire drills were conducted during time from leaving port to arriving at Nasugbu.

Part 3. Chronological Account of the Action.
(A) 31 January. Arrived Nasugbu Bay, Luzon Island at 0730. Took station astern of LCI(M)s on northern end of assault boat lanes, standing by to furnish fire as required or to relieve other support ships on station. At 1050, ship took on board native guerrillas from outrigger close to shore north of Nasugbu Point. Relayed information concerning enemy forces to U.S.S. Spenser. At 1900, in company with other LCI(G), fired on enemy reported forces at Nasugbu Point.

(B) 1 February. At 1240, received orders to investigate and destroy small boats in vicinity of Talin Bay. Fired 40mm at objects on beach in bay. Mission completed at 1345,

ENC. (C).

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returned Nasugbu Bay. At 1935, we commenced towing LST 701 from beach in Nasugbu, but had no success. At 0000, we were underway to fall into position in outer screen, at 0300 got underway with rest of convoy.

Part 4. Ordnance
(A) During this operation, all ordnance equipment functioned, satisfactory.

(B) Ammunition expended:
40 mm..............390 rds
20 mm..............none
Rockets ..............none

Ammunition on hand
40 mm.............3150
20 mm.............10,946
(A) Ship furnished 40 mm. fire against enemy positions on Nasugbu Point in night of 31 January, and against reported enemy reported small boats in Talin Bay on 1 February.

Part 6. Damage
(A) There was no enemy fire encountered during the operation, therefore no battle damage to ship.

Part 7. Personnel Casualties:
(A) There were no casualties incurred on personnel this operation.

Part 8. Conclusions:
(A) Due to the lack of contact with the enemy, no new knowledge was derived by this command during the operation.

[Sgd.] Frank B. Clark (jg) USNR
Commanding Officer

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

Notes and references:
1 “LCI” stands for Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat). Wikipedia.

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