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MINDORO - World War II
Occidental Mindoro was liberated by American forces (Western Visayan Task Force) under Brigadier-General Willam C. Dunckel, who set sail from Leyte on December 12, 1944.
Kamikaze attacks crippled the Light Cruiser USS Nashville, the flagship where over 130 were killed, including high ranking officers. The Nashville and another Destroyer had to turn back to Leyte.
They subsequently landed unopposed on December 15th at the south-west of the island, near San Jose meeting no opposition on the beach.
There were about a thousand Japanese on the island, who fled inland with the pre-invasion bombardment. By December 23rd, two landing strips were in operation on the island, and provided air support for the liberation of Luzon.
On December 24 two Japanese cruisers and eight destroyers left Camranh Bay, Indochina (Vietnam). They were spotted and attacked by aircraft and PT Boats, that managed to sink one of the Destroyers. The Japanese forces bombarded the beaches of Occidental Mindoro on the 26th, but did little damage before they returned to Indochina. This was one of the last Japanese surface unit attacks on American beacheads during the war.
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