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6) Leyte Gulf

At the end of 1944 they sailed to Hawaiian area to deliver some Mash Units and supplies for the Battle of Leyte, Philippines.

Between October 23 and 26, 1944 the United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Combined Fleet fought a crucial series of sea battles for the control of the Philippine Islands. These battles were collectively recorded in U.S. Naval history as the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, consisted of four separate major fleet actions that spanned three days of intense fighting. The first engagement which took place on the afternoon of October 24 involved long range U.S. carrier air strikes against a Japanese surface force. This engagement became known as the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea. Next, the Battle of Surigao Strait, was the last battleship-to-battleship clash of the war, occurring early in the morning on October 25. Shortly thereafter, the most unimaginable spectacle of the Pacific War occurred, the Battle Off Samar. The last clash, the final U.S. carrier air strikes, was named the Battle Of Cape Engano, this occurred during the morning and afternoon of October 25.

All battles took place in or near the Philippine archipelago, a group of over one thousand islands, in the center of the Japanese "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere." Prior to the war in the Pacific and the subsequent Japanese invasion, the Philippines had been under American dominance. They were a spoil-of-war bounty obtained by the Americans shortly after Commodore Dewey's Asiatic Squadron defeated the Spanish fleet in the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898.

Over seventy major Japanese warships participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, nearly the entire remaining fighting strength of the Japanese fleet. They faced an enormous U.S. fleet of over 120 major surface combatants which included eight heavy and eight light aircraft carriers. During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, nearly every type of ship and weapon system developed to date was utilized by both sides, truly making it the greatest naval battle in history.

1) Then and Now
2) The Merchant Navy
3) Convoys & Subs

4) Recreation
5) The Unexpected
6) Leyte Gulf

7) POWs
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