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US Special Warfare Units in the Pacific Theater 1941-45: by Gordon L. Rottman

By Gordon L. Rottman

The sour battling within the Pacific Theater required new different types of battle, and the collection of designated intelligence details at the distant and sundry islands and their made up our minds defenders. for this reason, new scout, raider and reconnaissance devices have been formed‹the pioneers of modern-day exact forces. a few devices have been small, whereas others comprised millions of fellows. All contributed considerably to the warfare attempt. This booklet examines a variety of PTO special-warfare devices, together with the Alaskan and Alamo scouts, 5217th/1st Recon Battalion, Marine Amphibious Recon and Raider devices, Amphibious Scouts, and sixth Ranger Battalion.

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On March 13 officers and NCOs of the company boarded LVT(A)4s of the 2d Armored Amphibian Tractor Battalion and scouted the islets without landing to report they appeared unoccupied. The next morning 100 men of the company landed on the islets using LCR(L)s and confirmed they were unoccupied. Fire support was provided by 90mm guns of the Army’s 406th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion. The company withdrew, boarded LST-784, and was ordered to Okinawa. After transferring to the USS Chase (APD-54) at Saipan, it arrived on April 4.

Being the largest and most populated island, the Commonwealth’s capital, and economically important, Luzon became the focus of the PRS. In September it was decided that the PRS would send parties into Luzon and other areas above 12 degrees North latitude, a line passing just north of Leyte and Panay. They would make contact with the guerrillas and establish an intelligence net and a means of supplying the guerrillas. The guerrillas confirmed as being loyal to the US below 12 degrees North provided intelligence from that area.

Snyder, an Army amphibious engineer, replaced LtCol Brown. 1945 changes In late January 1945 the nature of the unit changed. There were numerous administrative and operational problems associated with the joint unit, and so all non-Navy personnel were returned to their parent service and the unit became solely a Navy operation. LCdr J. W. Rodes, a Seventh Amphibious Force intelligence officer, took command. The unit still conducted pre-landing beach reconnaissance, but a team would then work with the Navy beachmaster for the first three days after the landing.

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