Hey Vic....I am honored to have a First Cousin (I never knew him since he grew up in far off California and I in Oklahoma and Texas)who was in on the Leyte operation from Day One. He made it thru without a scratch, claimed to have shot a sniper out of a Palm tree, and went on to fight on Okinawa, receiving a Battlefield Commission. In his first patrol as a brand new 2nd Lieutenant and Platoon Leader, his little command was decimated with all but two men being KIA or wounded. He was one of the latter group, being shot up badly. He returned to Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio for a lengthly rehab. Fortunately, I and my Mom and Step Father were living in McAllen, Texas at the time and Mom, his Aunt, was near enough to make a few trips to see Nephew since his folks were in distant California. I wasn't allowed to go on these trips to the Hospital. I have always rued that fact.
Last Edit: Oct 27, 2014 18:37:35 GMT -5 by oklahoma
Hey Vic....No, unfortunately he, when more fully recovered, was transferred to a Medical facility much closer to his home in Northern California. He did live to a ripe old age of 80 something. I would have enjoyed hearing the story of the Jap sniper from his own lips. I am told that he never would talk about his newly assigned Platoon's encounter with that Japanese fortification on Okinawa. Some other unit, obviously, had to reduce it since his little band only had two guys left, not KIA or WIA. Gen'l Sherman said it, "War is Hell". So true.
Last Edit: Oct 31, 2014 9:58:07 GMT -5 by oklahoma