John Holland, 11th Airborne Division
For another insight into the landing at Bito Beach, Leyte, John Holland, of the 675th Glider Field Artillery/11th Airborne Division speaks here…
“February 18, 1943, I was assigned and shipped by train to Camp MacKall, Hoffman, North Carolina, and I arrived on the 22th. The Army had started their 1st Airborne Division, which included glider and paratroops together. A division of about 8,000 included artillery, infantry, engineering, anti-aircraft artillery, tanks and support units.
“I was assigned to 675th Field Artillery, Battery A unit. This was a unit of 105 howitzers, short barrel with split rails to fit in the gliders for transport to battle areas. I was in the Communication Section which had to set up telephones and switchboards to all positions and also radio.
After landing on Leyte… ” Further enemy action did not occur until just before dark when 3 Japanese planes came…
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Thank you very much for doing this, John!
You are very welcome.