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19 Oct 1944

20 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 20 Oct 1944
MacArthur wading ashore at Leyte, Philippine Islands, 20 Oct 1944First wave of American troops storming ashore from amphibious landing craft, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 20 Oct 1944, photo 1 of 3Map of the Leyte landing beaches, 20 Oct 1944United States Army troops of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion disembarking the USS Elmore bound for the landing beaches at Leyte, Philippines, 20 Oct 1944.
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21 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 21 Oct 1944
Cruiser USS Honolulu beached in Leyte Gulf off Dulag City, Leyte, Philippines, 21 Oct 1944 making temporary repairs after being torpedoed the previous day.
23 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 23 Oct 1944
Profile of MacArthur shortly after fulfilling his promise to return, Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, 23 Oct 1944. Note Sergio Osmeña behind MacArthur.Guerilla leader Ruperto Kangleon reports to Douglas MacArthur at Leyte liberation ceremony, Tacloban, Philippines, 23 Oct 1944
24 Oct 1944

Philippines Photo(s) dated 24 Oct 1944
General Douglas MacArthur traveling by PT-Boat across Leyte Gulf off Tacloban, Philippines aboard PT-525, an Elco 80-foot PT-Boat of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 36 (MTBRon-36), 24 Oct 1944.PT-131 between PT-152 and PT-130, all Eclo 80-foot Motor Torpedo Boats of MTBRon-7, alongside tender USS Wachapreague in Liloan Bay, Philippines preparing to patrol the Surigao Strait, 24 Oct 1944.
25 Oct 1944

  • After six days of shore bombardments of the island of Leyte in the Philippines, USS Portland withdrew to join the battleship and cruiser force tasked with intercepting Japan's Southern Force in the Surigao Strait. Portland was part of the force that crossed the "T" of the Japanese force and directed most of her fire against the cruiser Mogami. After the decisive victory in the Surigao Strait, Portland returned to Leyte Gulf and prepared to fend off Japan's Center Force, then engaged with Task Force 77.4.3 in the Battle off Samar. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Portland | Surigao Strait, Leyte | DS]
Photo(s) dated 25 Oct 1944
A PT motor torpedo boat alongside USS Nashville off Tacaloban, Leyte, 25 Oct 1944 to take General MacArthur and his staff ashore to establish Army headquarters on Leyte. Nashville then departed for the Surigao Strait.
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28 Nov 1944

  • As part of the screen for a battleship and cruiser force patrolling Leyte Gulf, Philippines, USS Nicholas was ordered by the Task Group Commander to fire upon a US B-25 Mitchell bomber that was dropping objects near the formation. After firing 76 5-inch anti-aircraft shells, no hits were observed and the bomber departed the area. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Leyte Gulf, Leyte | DS]
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7 Dec 1944

  • Shortly after midnight, destroyers USS Nicholas, USS O’Bannon, USS Fletcher, and USS LaVallette made a sweep of Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippines. Finding no Japanese shipping, they conducted a shore bombardment along Apali Point on the west side of the bay. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Nicholas | Ormoc, Leyte | DS]
Photo(s) dated 7 Dec 1944
USS Ward on fire and sinking after being struck by a Japanese special attack aircraft in Ormoc Bay, Philippines, 7 Dec 1944, three years to the day after she fired the first US shot of the Pacific War.
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10 Jan 1945

Photo(s) dated 10 Jan 1945
Aboard the seaplane tender USS Tangier in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines 10 Jan 1945 are five downed United States Navy airmen rescued the day before by a PBY Catalina near Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines.
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15 Apr 1945

  • Destroyer USS Shaw entered Auxiliary Repair Dock ARD-2 for underwater inspection and removal of port propeller. ww2dbase [Shaw | San Pedro Bay, Leyte | DS]
25 Apr 1945

2 Jun 1945

  • Captain James H. Doyle relieved Captain Richard B. Tuggle as commanding officer of cruiser USS Pasadena at Leyte Gulf, Philippines. ww2dbase [Pasadena | San Pedro Bay, Leyte | DS]
7 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 7 Jun 1945
Smoke rising from the forward flight deck of the USS Randolph, San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines, 7 Jun 1945 after a USAAF P-38 Lightning accidentally crashed into a group of parked airplanes.
12 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 12 Jun 1945
Damage from Typhoon Connie to the forward flight deck of USS Bennington as seen after the ship’s arrival in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines, 12 Jun 1945. Photo 3 of 3.Damage from Typhoon Connie to the forward flight deck of USS Bennington as seen after the ship’s arrival in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines, 12 Jun 1945. Photo 1 of 3.Damage from Typhoon Connie to the forward flight deck of USS Bennington as seen after the ship’s arrival in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines, 12 Jun 1945. Photo 2 of 3.
13 Jun 1945

1 Jul 1945

  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TG 38.4 got underway from Leyte, Philippines to join the rest of the fast carriers in the final series of raids on the Japanese home islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Leyte | DS]
  • USS Shangri-La departed San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines. ww2dbase [Shangri-La | San Pedro Bay, Leyte | CPC]
13 Jul 1945

  • Large cruisers USS Alaska and USS Guam, accompanied by 4 light cruisers and 9 destroyers, sortied from Leyte, Philippine Islands to attack Japanese shipping in the East China Sea. ww2dbase [Alaska | Leyte | CPC]
20 Jul 1945

  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay departed San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines bound for Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | San Pedro, Leyte | DS]
25 Jul 1945

  • In a normal rotation of command, Lieutenant Commander Dean DeCoudres relieved Lieutenant Commander Henry Plage as USS Tabberer's commanding officer at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines. ww2dbase [Henry Plage | Tabberer | San Pedro Bay, Leyte | CPC]
3 Aug 1945

  • USS Portland departed Leyte, Philippines en route Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Portland | Leyte | DS]
10 Aug 1945

14 Aug 1945

  • USS Tamalpais departed Leyte Gulf to join replenishment group TG30.8 supporting the fleet southeast of Japan. ww2dbase [Tamalpais | Lauaan Bay, Leyte | DS]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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