Marinduque WW2 Homepage
Here you will find the links to U.S. Army reports about Marinduque both before and
after the war. The U.S. bombing of Japanese ships in Balanacan harbor is covered
in detail as well as eye witness reports. War diary's of the U.S. vessels that help
liberate Marinduque. The U.S. Submarines made frequent patrols of Tablas Strait,
the important Japanese shipping lane. Some new journals from the last days at
Corregidor also mention military action being carried out in and around Marinduque.
The 24th Division, 21st Infantry Regiment received a very important mission on New
Year's Eve of 1945: to establish a beachhead at the island of Marinduque. They
arrived on PT boats, but used an eight-man rubber raft to reach the beach quietly.
They found out from some Filipinos that the Japanese were being housed in a big
building in the small downtown of Buena Vista. With the helpful news, the U.S.
troops surrounded the building. It wasn't until they found out about the Battle of
Luzon that they were ordered to get the Japanese out of the building. With the use
of 3.5-inch bazookas, the U.S. began shooting at the building. The Japanese never
surrendered; instead, they died for their country.  On 3 January 1945 Company K,
21st Infantry liberated Marinduque Island located twenty miles east of Mindoro and
only eleven miles from Luzon in part to facilitate contacts and support of Filipino
guerillas operating in southern Luzon.  A company of the 19th infantry landed on
Marinduque Island to the northeast and cleared a small pocket of resistance on the
11th, most of the Japanese had previously been destoyed by guerrillas.  The
remaining Japanese evacuated on the 21st.  It was not long after the surrender of
Bataan and Corregidor when radio contact by with AFPAC headquarters in Australia
was established through planetary U.S. submarine landings in strategic points in the
archipelago.  MacArthur supplied guerillas with radios to maintain continuous
contact, and arms and war materials in preparation for the possible return of
MacArthur and allied liberation forces to the Philippines.  Morale of the guerrillas
were all-time high.  These Intel-radio nets grew wider and wider as the liberation
forces surges inch-by-inch toward the Philippines. The Callsign JI was for Untalan in
Marinduque.