The Marinduque WW2 Naval Actions and Invasion Homepage
Marinduque was in the war at the very beginning. In 1941, just a few days after the bombing of Manila, a U.S. Submarine surfaced at Santa Cruz and contacted the Mayor. Since the waterways surrounding Marinduque were vital shipping lanes for the Japanese, U.S. Submarines were on constant patrol and engaged many ships. In a few instances, there was contact with locals. In August 1944, a submariner was washed overboard and rescued by a Marinduque resident. In the later part of 1944, U.S. Naval vessels and planes made themselves known and culminated in the sinking of the Japanese vessels in Balanacan Harbor. Just as the new year of 1945 was starting, United States Naval forces based in Mindoro were on the way to help liberate Marinduque from the Japanese occupiers. Here you will be able to read the actual day to day operations involved in that undertaking as well as Landing Craft, Submarines and Torpedo Patrol Boat operations based in/around Marinduque involving the liberation of other parts of the Philippines. Where possible, pictures have been located of the actual naval craft that served in and around Marinduque during this time.