October 30, 2006 at 7:24 PM #44814
TODAY IN NAVAL HISTORY
23-27 OCTOBER 1944
BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF
This week marks the 62nd anniversary of the battle of Leyte Gulf, four separate engagements between American and Japanese naval forces that, taken collectively, comprise the largest naval battle in history.
By 1944 Japanese naval strength was waning, but Imperial Navy Commander ADM Soemu Toyoda still hoped to lure the American Navy into one final decisive battle. Toyoda used the occasion of the Allied invasion of the Philippines to implement Operation “SHO,” (“victory”). The plan called for a giant pincer movement converging on the Allied beachhead on Leyte Island. From the south VADM’s Shoji Nishimura and Kiyohide Shima would direct a force of 2 battleships, 4 cruisers and 11 destroyers through the Surigao Strait. Simultaneously VADM Takeo Kurita would converge through the northern approach, the San Bernardino Strait, with the main force of 5 battleships (including the superbattleships Musashi and Yamato), 12 cruisers and 15 destroyers. Toyoda recognized that American naval forces were numerically superior, consisting of VADM Thomas C.
Kinkaid’s 7th Fleet, under GEN MacArthur’s direct control, and VADM William F. “Bull” Halsey’s 3rd Fleet, operating through Nimitz back in Pearl Harbor. To gain the advantage, somehow the Japanese would have to split the American forces.
Toyoda banked on Halsey’s irresistible passion–sinking aircraft carriers. He positioned a force of six carriers under VADM Jisaburo Ozawa including the last surviving Pearl Harbor veteran, Zuikaku, off Cape Engano, northern Luzon. In fact this force was only a paper tiger.
Heavy losses up to then had left Ozawa with only 160 aircraft (about what Halsey had on one of his carriers). But Ozawa’s job at this juncture was to lure Halsey away from the coming battle.
On October 20th, under cover of Halsey’s 3rd Fleet, Kinkaid’s amphibious ships landed MacArthur on Leyte, making good his promise from earlier in the war, “I shall return.” According to plan Ozawa began broadcasting sham radio messages in an effort to reveal his presence. But his malfunctioning transmitter prevented the 3rd Fleet from overhearing.
Instead, on the night of October 23rd the patrolling submarines Dace
(SS-247) and Darter (SS-227) stumbled onto Kurita’s main force cruising off Palawan, still well away from forming their pincer. The subs radioed a warning then sank Kurita’s flagship Atago and a second cruiser. Still unaware of Ozawa, an eager Halsey sent his planes at daybreak after Kurita, by now in the Sibuyan Sea. These pilots stung the Imperial admiral a second time by s
August 26, 2006 at 2:00 AM #40486
Special thanks tabi saindo mga GB members na nag seserve sa iba-ibang branch kan military, Philippines or abroad.!!!
August 26, 2006 at 1:56 AM #40484
the difference between AIRFORCE and ARMY……….
August 26, 2006 at 1:06 AM #40477
fire in the hole…fire in the hole…fire in the hole… hala banny dapa (grabe man so nerbiyos ko kaedtong first encounter ko) perosanayan na lang…
Manay rose- i like that term” lost in transit”hehehe
caloy-nangyari man daw yan saku…ano daw yan…mga IT jan paki espilika, eslipika, eslapika… eskapila…ano nani to… paki explain po tabi.
Modern Military Terms
Engage the Enemy means “to blow something up.”
Surgical Strike means “to blow up something small.”
Decapitate means “to blow up their leaders.”
Collateral Damage means “to accidentally blow up something of theirs.”
Friendly Fire means “to accidentally blow up something of ours.”
Kinetic Targeting means “to blow up something that’s moving”
Ordnance is “something that that does the blowing up”
An Asset is “something that can be blown up”
Embedded Media means “a report that’s blown
August 23, 2006 at 10:24 PM #40204
ay yay yay grabe palan ang trabaho ninda Sir chuwi rules palang mabigat na ingat na lang po Sir!
August 20, 2006 at 11:37 PM #39792
@manoy Caloy, dai tabi pagngalas na nawara so mga posting mo ta kan airborne pa so messages mo nasabat na tulos kan scud missiles hale kay Chuwi : [pis tabi Noy:)], kaya Lost in Transit idtong mga posting mo!:))
August 20, 2006 at 11:31 PM #39787
anong nangyari, nag post ako nawara………
August 20, 2006 at 10:07 PM #39769
grabeng nerbiyos ko pag klik kan thread na ini nakadapa ka ako sa irarom kan lamesa su kamot ko lang ang nasa ibabaw ta baad pag klik ko sabay parakpasak ang M60 ni Gen. Chuwi…hehe
General Chuwi ano tabi “A” Classified?
August 20, 2006 at 9:31 PM #39760
same to u alvin…” hooaahhh army !!!”
caloy- (lol) anong sugot gusto mo… agawan ko senda nin ice cream…dont take chances ? “consider it done” cocky ?.. bakong manok yan.
*** MILITARY RULES ***
US MARINES CORPS RULES:1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.3. Have a plan.4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won’t work.5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a “4.” (That just shows good sense.)7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (lateral diagonal preferred.)9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.12. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot.US Army Rangers Rules:1. Walk in 50 miles wearing 75 pound rucksack while starving.2. Locate individuals requiring killing.3. Request permission via radio from “Higher” to perform killing.4. Curse bitterly when mission is aborted.5. Walk out 50 miles wearing a 75 pound rucksack while starving.US Army Rules:1. Select a new beret to wear.2. Sew patches on right shoulder.3. Change the color of beret you decide to wear.US Air Force Rules:1. Have a cocktail.2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner.3. See what’s on HBO.4. Ask “what is a gunfight?”5. Request more funding from Congress with a “killer” PowerPoint presentation.6. Wine dine ‘key’ Congressmen, invite DOD defense industry executives.7. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets.8. Declare the assets “strategic” and never deploy them operationally.9. Hurry to make 1345 tee-time.US Navy Rules:1. Go to Sea.2. Drink Coffee.3. Deploy the Marines
August 20, 2006 at 5:54 AM #39682
chuwi- been there done that. i do understand what ur tryin to tell us. i do pray for ur safety and return. ingatz pade and God bless!
August 20, 2006 at 2:04 AM #39662
Noy Chuwi, sogotan mo pirmi sinda, dont take chances though, cocky ka dapat pirmi.
August 20, 2006 at 12:13 AM #39645
Luwi- anong nangyari- may giyera… nag duman ako and nakabalik, anong mangyayari- may giyera ulit maduman naman ako and hoping na makabalik… and PLS PRAY NA MATAPOS NA INING GIYERA PARA ” mayong mang yari sako.”
MAnay- thanks for your prayers… i really do believe in them.
Jhun-nooo stay away from military… not now… let this war end first then sign up. ” mag kawat ka na lang nin x box (ghost recon)”
GD- locked and loaded… semper fi!!! ika man G take care (hooraaah)
here another top secret 🙂
How to Tell the Difference Between the Branches of the US Armed Forces:
If you give the command “SECURE THE BUILDING”, here is what the different services would do:
The NAVY would turn out the lights and lock the doors.
The ARMY would surround the building with defensive fortifications, tanks and concertina wire.
The MARINE CORPS would assault the building, using overlapping fields of fire from all appropriate points on the perimeter.
The AIR FORCE would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy the building.
August 18, 2006 at 10:02 AM #39534
Chuwi…take care padi…keep it locked and loaded!
August 18, 2006 at 8:29 AM #39527
saludo man ako saimo Manoy chuwi pangarap ko man kaitong maglaog sa military,…kakaiba an experience mo dyan,…ingat ka nasana pirmi…
August 18, 2006 at 8:10 AM #39524
@Chuwi, God Bless kamo gabos diyan Noy, I just wish/pray that one day you will all be recalled to go back to US and live your normal young life, same wish I have with the Iraqis, to have their lives back to them, the way they want to manage them. I am an apolitical person, it is really disheartening anddisturbingto read in the news how many lives are wasted on day to day basis in Iraq. Ingat na sana kamo gabos diyan. I wish the war will soon be over.
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