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24th Infantry Division

The 24th Division doesn’t forget.

It was on Oahu when the Japs threw their sneak punch at Pearl Harbor, and the men of the Victory Division have been paying back the Nips ever since.

Thus far the 24th has hit the Nips thirteen times—at Hollandia, Biak, Panaon, Leyte, Mindoro, Marinduque, Subic Bay, Fort McKinley, Lubang, Romblon, Simara, Verde, and Corregidor. Now it is in Japan itself.

The 24th started its slaughter of the Japs in April of 1944 when, in what has been called the most brilliantly conceived and executed tactical maneuver of the Pacific war, it landed in New Guinea for the Tanahmerah-Hollandia operation. In four days the Division had wrested the vital Hollandia airdrome from the enemy, and this was accomplished with only 52 battle casualties. By June 6, the Victory men had killed 1,777 Japs and taken 502 prisoners, and had lost a total of only 43 men killed and 70 wounded. Elements of the 24th then went to Biak and aided the 41st Division in capturing Sorido and Boroke airdromes.

But it was on Leyte, where the backbone of the Japanese defense of the Philippines was broken, that the 24th proved itself one of the great fighting outfits of the war. The men came in on Red Beach, and it was an inferno. Jap mountain guns flayed the landing boats. Zekes and Bettys sprayed the beach.

The dunes were raked by enemy mortar, machinegun and small-arms fire. But the 24th landed and kept moving. The 19th Infantry Regiment drove up vital Hill 522 before the Japs, who had abandoned this commanding bit of ground during the naval bombardment, could reoccupy their positions. The 34th Infantry Regiment pushed straight inland, repulsing counterattack after counterattack.

The 24th bore the brunt of the fighting on Leyte. It fought the Jap at the crossroads, in the villages, in the rice paddies, along the banks of dirty streams, stalked him through the hills, and rooted him out of his dugouts. For 78 consecutive days, a Pacific record at the time, the men of the 24th were in constant combat, and they killed a counted 7,179 Japs.

The 2nd Battalion of the 19th Infantry is known in the Pacific as the “Lost Battalion” of World War II. In a wide flanking movement designed to put a strangle hold on the Japanese “lifeline” road at Ormoc, the 2nd Battalion remained 13 days behind Japanese lines. Cut off from supplies and unable to evacuate its wounded, the battalion held, despite daily banzai attacks by the desperate Japanese.

But there was no rest for the weary after Leyte.

Elements of the 24th were pulled directly from the line and went to Mindoro as part of a task force, while other elements landed and secured Marinduque.

With only a short rest, the fighting 34th Infantry was attached to the 38th Division to spearhead the landing of that outfit above Subic Bay at the tip of Bataan Peninsula. The 34th led this assault all the way to Zig-Zag Pass, that treacherous divide where the Japanese had prepared a main line of defense. The 34th broke through the pass.

One battalion of the 34th was given the honor of making the amphibious assault on Corregidor. It hit the beach on February 16 while the 503d Parachute Infantry landed on Topside. For nine days the men stood up against—and beat back—fanatical Nip attacks.

Later the Victory men were given the job of mopping-up operations on Verde, Lubang, Romblon and Simara Islands. They didn’t miss a Jap. The 24th really remembered Pearl Harbor.

From Fighting Divisions, Kahn & McLemore, Infantry Journal Press, 1945-1946.

24th Infantry Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 239 soldiers of the 24th Infantry Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Corporal Miguel Ablay Headquarters Company 01/15/1945
Private First Class Thomas Adamsky 21st Infantry Regiment 03/12/1945
Private First Class Atilano Adrales Headquarters Detachment 04/12/1942
Private James F. Ahern 21st Infantry Regiment 11/09/1944
First Lieutenant Dwayne W. Alder 11th Field Artillery Regiment 01/24/1945
Private Gregorio Alimboyogen Headquarters Detachment 03/24/1942
Technician Fifth Grade Valerio Alolod Headquarters Company 09/23/1942
First Lieutenant Newton D. Anthony 51st Field Arty Regt 10/24/1944
Technician Fourth Grade Leopoldo Aquino Headquarters Detachment 09/22/1942
Private Alfonso B. Arias 24th Quartermaster Company 02/25/1943
Major Elliott C. Babcock 52nd Infantry Regt 01/10/1945
Sergeant Joseph V. Babinetz 19th Infantry Regiment 05/21/1945
Major Jack O. Baldwin 91st Field Artillery Regiment 01/16/1945
Private Ramon Banzagales Headquarters Company 07/31/1946
Captain Charles R. Barkley 92nd Infantry Regiment 06/11/1942
Private First Class Edward J. Basham 19th Infantry Regiment 10/21/1944
Private Lloyd A. Baumgardner 19th Infantry Regiment 11/08/1944
Staff Sergeant Eugene C. Belisle 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
Private Juan Belmes Headquarters Company 05/26/1942
Lieutenant Colonel John H. Bennett Headquarters 12/15/1944
First Lieutenant Louis I. Bentz 91st Infantry Regiment 12/15/1944
Sergeant Simeon L. Bobila Military Police Company, 1st Philippine Corps 09/07/1942
Technician Fourth Grade Filemon Boeson Headquarters Company 07/31/1946
Major Stanley B. Bonner 21st Field Artillery Regiment 01/25/1945
Private First Class Archie L. Boyer 34th Infantry Regiment 04/21/1945
Captain John A. Brady Division Artillery 11/04/1945
Private James E. Bratcher 34th Infantry Regiment 04/21/1945
Corporal Vernie L. Brockman 21st Infantry Regiment 12/21/1944
Staff Sergeant Pedro Bugarin Headquarters Company 08/09/1942
Private Orville E. Bundy 34th Infantry Regiment 10/30/1944
Private First Class Henry V. Burns 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
First Lieutenant Richard H. Burr 21st Engineer Battalion 12/15/1944
Technician Fourth Grade Feliciano G. Calianga Headquarters Company 07/29/1942
First Lieutenant Oren A. Campbell 32nd Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Captain David T. Carter 41st Infantry Regiment 07/18/1945
Private Rafael Casibu Military Police Company, Philippine Division 07/05/1942
Staff Sergeant Segundo Catura Headquarters Company 12/31/1944
First Lieutenant Albert F. Chase 73th Infantry Regiment 09/07/1944
Second Lieutenant Robert E. Chesher 72nd Infantry Regiment 09/07/1944
Sergeant Matthew J. Clarke 19th Infantry Regiment 03/12/1945
Captain George H. Cockburn 92nd Infantry Regiment 07/12/1942
Lieutenant Colonel Irving Compton Headquarters 12/15/1944
Second Lieutenant Paul L. Cothran 52nd Infantry Regt 03/09/1943
Private First Class Rafael Creer Headquarters Company 12/15/1941
First Lieutenant Martin Crook 42nd Infantry Regiment 09/07/1944
Major Judson B. Crow 92nd Infantry Regiment 04/15/1942
Private Domingo V. Cruz Military Police Company, 1st Philippine Corps 04/13/1942
Captain William M. Cummings 53rd Infantry Regt 01/21/1945
Technician Fourth Grade Emilio Danocup Headquarters 06/29/1942
Captain Morris E. Day Headquarters 09/07/1944
Private John W. Dayton 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion 05/28/1944
Sergeant Eleno De Los Reyes Headquarters Company 08/10/1942
Private First Class Alphonse Demeglio 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
First Lieutenant Hugh A. Derrick 71st Engineer Battalion 01/23/1945
Captain William L. Dixon 23rd Infantry Regiment 04/06/1942
Sergeant Peter F. D'Onofrio Headquarters 09/07/1944
Private Paul J. Douglas 19th Infantry Regiment 12/21/1944
Private John F. Dowie 19th Infantry Regiment 10/21/1944
First Lieutenant John H. Drummond 51st Field Arty Regt 12/31/1941
Second Lieutenant James H. Duff Headquarters 01/18/1945
Technician Fourth Grade Jesus Duldolao Headquarters Company 03/31/1946
Corporal Candido G. Duque Headquarters Company 06/09/1942
Lieutenant Colonel Howard J. Edmands Headquarters 12/26/1944
Master Sergeant Donato Estrada Headquarters Company 12/31/1944
Second Lieutenant Michael Evanicki 32nd Infantry Regiment 09/07/1944
Second Lieutenant Frank T. Evans 71st Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Technical Sergeant Eliseo Fabella Headquarters Company 07/13/1942
Second Lieutenant Carl G. Fansler 53rd Infantry Regt 01/24/1945
Second Lieutenant Ernial M. Feller 71st Engineer Battalion 01/26/1945
Private First Class Harrison J. Fetterman 19th Infantry Regiment 02/15/1945
Captain Charles R. Finigan 93rd Infantry Regiment 09/07/1944
Private John S. Fisher 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
Technician Fourth Grade Jose O. Flores Headquarters Company 12/31/1944
Captain Eugene Forquer 51st Infantry Regt 12/15/1944
Captain William N. Foster 22nd Infantry Regiment 01/22/1945
Staff Sergeant Donald Francis 21st Infantry Regiment 02/05/1945
Captain Jack B. Fritts 81st Field Artillery Regiment 01/01/1945
First Lieutenant John E. Fyfe 71st Engineer Battalion 04/20/1942
Staff Sergeant Francisco P. Genio Headquarters Company 05/22/1942
Technician Fifth Grade Alfred J. Giguere 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion 02/21/1945
Private Irven J. Ginger 19th Infantry Regiment 12/21/1944
First Lieutenant Edward E. Girzi 91st Field Artillery Regiment 01/09/1945
Technician Fourth Grade Manuel Gloria Headquarters Company 05/29/1942
Major Albert K. Godwin 91st Infantry Regiment 12/15/1944
Second Lieutenant Leonard O. Goyne 31st Infantry Regiment 09/07/1944
First Lieutenant Burt O. Griffin 31st Engineer Battalion 12/26/1942
Private First Class Henry A. Grover 21st Infantry Regiment 07/13/1945
Technician Fifth Grade William E. Gulliford 19th Infantry Regiment 08/12/1943
Sergeant Adriano Guzman Headquarters Company 09/14/1942
Private Tito Haboc Headquarters Company 04/06/1942
Private Norman A. Hahn 21st Infantry Regiment 12/21/1944
Private First Class Velton C. Hampton Headquarters Company 10/24/1944
First Lieutenant James H. Hare 71st Engineer Battalion 11/27/1942
Private First Class Donald L. Harper 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
Lieutenant Colonel Harry J. Harper 31st Field Artillery Regiment 12/22/1944
Captain Henry Harris 41st Engineer Battalion 10/24/1944
Major Clarence C. Heinrich 21st Infantry Regiment 01/09/1945
Captain Roderick K. Hendry 21st Field Artillery Regiment 10/24/1944
Major Richard F. Hill 61st Infantry 12/15/1944
Second Lieutenant James P. Hinton 41st Infantry Regiment 12/15/1944
Staff Sergeant Neil Holland 34th Infantry Regiment 11/21/1944
Second Lieutenant Wilber J. Howard 53rd Infantry Regt 09/07/1944
Lieutenant Colonel Richard G. Hunter 91st Field Artillery Regiment 10/24/1944
Captain Arville E. Hutchings Military Police Company, Philippine Division 04/20/1942
Colonel John W. Irwin 31st Infantry Regiment 04/11/1942
Second Lieutenant Albert L. Johnson 71st Engineer Battalion 11/24/1942
First Lieutenant Byron L. Johnson 83rd Infantry 01/09/1945
Major Ernest V. Jordan 82nd Infantry 09/07/1944
Private Sherman F. Kerr 34th Infantry Regiment 10/31/1944
Private First Class Clarence J. Kiedrowicz 21st Infantry Regiment 11/12/1944
Private Melvin C. Kline 52nd Field Artillery Battalion 11/22/1944
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Koster Headquarters 12/15/1944
Major Milton Kramer 42nd Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Captain Wilbur M. Kruse 51st Infantry Regt 01/13/1942
Technician Fifth Grade Henry R. Kubecka 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
Private First Class William D. Kuhnle 19th Infantry Regiment 12/21/1944
Private First Class Alfred J. Kvist 34th Infantry Regiment 03/12/1945
Corporal Benigno P. Lagman Headquarters Battery 04/07/1942
First Lieutenant Jack M. Laro 73th Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Private First Class Nicholas J. Laubenthal 34th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
Lieutenant Colonel John L. Lewis 61st Field Arty Regt 01/25/1945
Private Cesar G. Llanura Headquarters Company 04/09/1942
Captain John M. Loupe 51st Field Arty Regt 01/09/1945
Private Federico Lucero Headquarters Company 05/18/1942
Sergeant Glicerio Mallorca Headquarters Company 12/31/1944
Private First Class Juanito M. Marigsa Headquarters Company 08/08/1942
Second Lieutenant John H. R. Martz 31st Infantry Regiment 01/22/1945
Private Lorenzo Mata Headquarters Company 03/31/1946
Private Blas H. Maticyeng Military Police Company, 1st Philippine Corps 03/31/1946
First Lieutenant Stanley E. Maxwell 63rd Infantry 09/07/1944
Captain Reed L. McCartney 62nd Infantry 12/15/1944
Captain George W. McCollum 32nd Infantry Regiment 04/09/1942
Captain James S. McDonald 41st Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Captain Vernald G. McIlhattan 92nd Infantry Regiment 01/28/1945
Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery McKee 31st Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Private Shappard B. McLemore 19th Infantry Regiment 05/26/1945
First Lieutenant William R. McLure 51st Infantry Regt 01/23/1942
Chief Warrant Officer Frank W. McMillan Headquarters 12/15/1944
Captain Roland C. McNaughton 31st Field Artillery Regiment 01/09/1945
Second Lieutenant Raymond A. McSorley 22nd Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Major Philip H. Meier 21st Infantry Regiment 01/09/1945
Staff Sergeant Leonard L. Meinlschmidt 21st Infantry Regiment 11/06/1944
Private First Class Ponciano Mejia Headquarters Company 05/30/1942
Second Lieutenant Jack L. Melvin 23rd Infantry Regiment 12/30/1944
Sergeant Paul W. Mentzer 21st Infantry Regiment 11/05/1944
Staff Sergeant Jacob A. Meyer 21st Infantry Regiment 11/05/1944
Sergeant Leonard E. Mixon 19th Infantry Regiment 10/23/1944
Staff Sergeant Julian C. Molina Headquarters Company 05/31/1942
Private James R. Monaco 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
Master Sergeant Felix Mongoso Headquarters Company 06/04/1942
First Lieutenant Otis F. Morgan 71st Engineer Battalion 01/09/1945
Second Lieutenant Howard T. Morton 71st Engineer Battalion 08/11/1942
Private First Class Harold E. Moyer 34th Infantry Regiment 02/21/1945
Private Benjamin F. Mulkey 21st Infantry Regiment 05/08/1945
Captain John J. Murphy 61st Field Arty Regt 09/07/1944
Captain Gordon R. Myers 52nd Infantry Regt 12/15/1944
Private First Class Edward J. Najecki 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion 03/12/1945
Private First Class Leo M. Needham 19th Infantry Regiment 10/30/1944
Second Lieutenant Albert S. B. Negley 1st Regiment 01/09/1945
Major John Neiger Headquarters 12/15/1944
Captain Shelby F. Newman 11th Infantry Regiment 12/15/1944
Second Lieutenant Ernest C. Oates 72nd Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Second Lieutenant Clyde E. Ogden 41st Infantry Regiment 02/01/1946
Private Ricardo R. Olmedo Headquarters Company 05/25/1942
Captain Roy J. Oster 21st Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Major Howard M. Pahl 72nd Infantry Regiment 12/15/1944
Private Jesse Pardo 19th Infantry Regiment 10/27/1944
Private Servando T. Pascual Headquarters Company 06/13/1942
Captain John H. Payne 72nd Infantry Regiment 12/23/1941
Captain Paul E. Pearson Headquarters 01/09/1945
Lieutenant Colonel Ulysses J. Peoples Headquarters 12/15/1944
Second Lieutenant Robert W. Plymale 31st Infantry Regiment 11/29/1942
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas N. Powell Headquarters 12/15/1944
Technical Sergeant Raymundo Prieto Headquarters Company 06/22/1942
Private Proceso Ramas Headquarters Company 07/04/1942
First Lieutenant Herman G. Ramsey 42nd Infantry Regiment 12/15/1944
Private Rosario S. Raniolo 13th Field Artillery Battalion 10/20/1944
First Lieutenant Claude A. Reese 21st Infantry Regiment 10/01/1944
Private Charlie R. Reeves 34th Infantry Regiment 11/21/1944
First Lieutenant Arthur R. Richardson 19th Infantry Regiment 05/21/1945
Private James Rickner 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
Private First Class Victoriano Rismal Headquarters Company 01/18/1945
Private Donnal L. Ritter 24th Reconnaissance Troop 12/17/1944
First Lieutenant Ellwood L. Roderick Headquarters 01/17/1945
Second Lieutenant Charles W. Rowley 53rd Infantry Regt 10/24/1944
Major Ralph E. Rumbold Headquarters 01/26/1945
Sergeant Jose G. Salmon Headquarters Company 06/12/1942
Technician Fifth Grade Modesto C. Santos Headquarters Company 02/08/1945
Private First Class Vicente Sarmiento Headquarters Company 07/08/1942
Private First Class Emil C. Schroeder 21st Infantry Regiment 08/12/1944
Private First Class Hiram Sears 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion 06/12/1943
Private First Class Joseph H. Seix 21st Infantry Regiment 11/15/1944
Private First Class Mariano H. Sernal Headquarters Company 05/21/1942
First Lieutenant John H. Sherk Headquarters 01/24/1945
Private Joseph E. Sintic 21st Infantry Regiment 03/12/1945
Staff Sergeant Elmer W. Smith 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
Private John H. Smith 21st Infantry Regiment 11/06/1944
Private Walton L. Smith 34th Infantry Regiment 07/04/1945
Private Cruz Soto 21st Infantry Regiment 01/24/1945
Second Lieutenant Earl Spillman 71st Engineer Battalion 09/07/1944
First Lieutenant Harrie B. Stewart 71st Engineer Battalion 09/07/1944
Staff Sergeant Elmer W. Stief 21st Infantry Regiment 12/21/1944
Private First Class Carl R. Stolt 21st Infantry Regiment 11/06/1944
Captain Francis H. Stonecifer 22nd Infantry Regiment 08/19/1942
First Lieutenant John D. Stukenburg 81st Combat Battalion 10/24/1944
Private Vincent J. Stumpo 19th Infantry Regiment 10/25/1944
Technician Fifth Grade Nicanor Sustituido Headquarters Company 06/07/1942
Lieutenant Colonel Allen Thayer 62nd Infantry 01/22/1945
Corporal James E. Thompson 34th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944
Private Jasper E. Thomure 19th Infantry Regiment 01/28/1942
Private First Class Elmer L. Thornhill 21st Infantry Regiment 12/21/1944
Corporal Paul J. Tierney 21st Infantry Regiment 11/20/1944
Technician Fourth Grade Hilario Tolentino Headquarters Company 06/27/1942
Private First Class Eliseo I. Treyes Headquarters Company 06/16/1942
First Lieutenant Ben F. Van Sant 92nd Infantry Regiment 10/24/1944
Lieutenant Colonel George D. Vanture Headquarters 01/09/1945
Lieutenant Colonel Robert H. Vesey 73th Infantry Regiment 07/03/1942
Private Florendo D. Veto Headquarters Company 05/19/1942
Private Ernest G. Von Gruenigen 34th Infantry Regiment 10/30/1944
Captain Walter I. Wald 61st Field Arty Regt 09/07/1944
Chief Warrant Officer Wilbur W. Walton Headquarters 12/15/1944
Lieutenant Colonel Everett L. Warner Headquarters 01/24/1945
Private Cecil R. Wehrli 19th Infantry Regiment 10/21/1944
Private Ray Whitehead 34th Infantry Regiment 11/06/1945
First Lieutenant Timothy J. Wholey 11th Infantry Regiment 01/23/1945
Master Sergeant Edward A. Williams Headquarters Company 10/24/1944
First Lieutenant Keith Williams 62nd Infantry 05/09/1942
Staff Sergeant Rocco R. Williams 34th Infantry Regiment 11/21/1944
Staff Sergeant Roy M. Williams 724th Ordnance Company 03/27/1946
Private Vernon F. Wisser 13th Field Artillery Battalion 10/27/1944
Second Lieutenant Paul Wollman 61st Field Arty Regt 09/07/1944
First Lieutenant Allen O. Wood 72nd Infantry Regiment 01/20/1945
Private First Class Francis W. Wood 19th Infantry Regiment 10/29/1944
Colonel John P. Woodbridge 81st Field Artillery Regiment 01/09/1945
First Lieutenant Phillip E. Wright Headquarters 11/29/1942
Technician Fifth Grade James J. Wroble 21st Infantry Regiment 11/12/1944
Sergeant Oliver E. Young 34th Infantry Regiment 02/03/1945
Second Lieutenant Winbon D. Youngblood 12thd Infantry Regiment 01/25/1945
Private First Class Walter G. Zweifel 19th Infantry Regiment 10/20/1944

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