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January 5, 2018

War Diary of the USS Spencer after Nasugbu Landing, February 1945

Transcription of war diary by the USS Spencer1, a Coast Guard ship, in the days immediately after its participation in the Nasugbu Landing of 31 January 1945. This is a declassified document2 taken from the United States National Archives.

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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
c/o Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, Calif.

Address Reply to:
Commanding Officer
U.S.S. SPENCER, C.G.

File No: 601

11 March, 1945

To: Commander in Chief, UNITED STATES FLEET.

Subj: War Diary; transmittal of.

1. War Diary for the Month of February, 1945 is transmitted herewith in accordance with ALNAV 176 (November 1943).

2. Transmission by registered mail is authorized.

J. R. HINNANT

Incl.
1. War Diaryfor
Feb. 1945

CC to:
Cincpac
Comdt, USCG
Com 7th Flt.
File

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U.S.C.G.C. SPENCER (AGC) Pacific 7th Fleet

WAR DIARY

U.S.C.G.C. SPENCER (FLAG)
TG 78.2
Rear Admiral W. M. FECHTELER, USN.

1 February: Underway patrolling off Nasugbu Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands, in company with U.S.S. CONYNGHAM and U.S.S. SAUFLEY. 0850 anchored in Nasugbu Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands. 0945 Lt. Gen. R. L. ECHELBERGER, Commanding General U. S. 8th Army and staff departed SPENCER to take charge of operations ashore in Nasugbu Bay.

2 February: 0245 departed Nasugbu Bay escorted by U.S.S. LOUCH. 1322 anchored in Mangarin Bay, Mindoro, Philippine Islands.

8AM Lat. 13-14.7N Long. 120-00E
NOON Mangarin Bay, Mindoro, Philippine Islands.

9 February: 2146 underway enroute to Leyte, Philippine Islands, escorted by U.S.S. FLUSSER. Received air coverage by land based aircraft.
10 February 8AM
NOON
8PM
Lat. 10-16.3N
09-24.5N
08-57.6N
Long. 121-37.5E
122-07.5E
123-52.5E
11 February: 0744 anchored in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands off Tolosa Beach.



16 February: 1853 underway escorted by U.S.S. FLUSSER proceeded to Mindoro, Philippine Islands, air cover provided by land based aircraft.
8PM Lat. 10-57.2N Long. 125-12.2E
17 February 8AM
NOON
8PM
Lat. 08-58.8N
09-06N
10-23N
Long. 123-28.5E
122-35.5E
121-46E
18 February: 0745 anchored in Mangarin Bay, Mindoro, Philippine Islands.

25 February: 0647 underway exercising at rehearsal plan in company with TG 78.2. 0912 departed rehearsal area. 0958 anchored Mangarin Bay, Mindoro, Philippine Islands.

26 February: 1709 underway standing out of Mangarin Bay, Mindoro, Philippine Islands proceeding as flagship and fleet guide of Task Group 78.2.
8PM Lat. 12-08.8N Long. 120-52E
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U.S.S.G.C. (SPENCER) (AGC)                                                                                                               Pacific 7th Fleet


27 February: Underway proceeding as flagship and fleet guide of Task Group 78.2.
8AM
NOON
8PM
Lat. 10-47.2N
10-29.5N
09-58.5N
Long. 121-20E
120-52.5E
120-00E
28 February Underway as fleet guide of Task Group 78.2. 0724 standing various courses and speeds directing V-3 operation of Task Group 78.2 against enemy occupied territory at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippine Islands. 1015 Brigadier General Harold H. Haney, Commanding General 41th Infantry Division USA, departed SPENCER to assume command of operations ashore. 1849 Underway patrolling off Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippine Islands in company with combatant units of Task Group 78.2.





[Sgd.] J. F. H WACKER, Lieut.(jg)., USCGR



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Notes and references:
1 The USS Spencer was a cutter (schooner or brig) of the United States Coast Guard in World War II. “USCGC Spencer (WPG-36),” Wikipedia.
2CGC SPENCER - War Diary, 2/1-28/45” online at the United States National Archives.

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