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|277k||USS LCI(L)-1054 and USS LCI(L)1062 off Agrihan Island (formerly (Agrigan)
in the Marianas Islands, 15 May 1945.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # UA 557.07,
|1194k||USS LCI(L)-1054 and USS LCI(L)1062 beached, 17 May 1945, at Agrihan Island (formerly (Agrigan)
in the Marianas Islands.
"On 8 May 1945, Task unit 94.19.17, consisting of
USS LCI(L)1054, USS LCI(L)-1062 and
USS Marsh (DE-699) departed Saipan on an expedition of the Northern Marianas in search of
Japanese hold outs and to gather detailed intelligence on the use of the islands “relative to ditching and survival of aircraft personnel returning from bombing missions”.
Embarked in the ships were two platoons of the 24th infantry Division, seven air-sea rescue, escape and evasion representatives of the Army Air Forces, a language and
military government officer, three native interpreters, and one cameraman named SGT Louis Locantore of the 11th Combat Camera Unit of the US Army Air Force. This photo
is from his estate.
The task unit returned to Saipan on 24 May, having located Japanese on every island they visited. In all, 21 Japanese and Okinawan civilians and 62 natives were brought to Saipan for questioning and medical treatment. A visit to one of the islands resulted in an interpreter killing an armed Japanese man in self-defense when he failed to surrender.
The date and location stamped the photo do not match the official reports of the mission. According to the report, the task unit arrived at Agrihan Island at 1200 on 15 May (vice 17 May), disembarked their shore parties off the Southwest beach, but found nothing of significance. On the island.
After reviewing the official records of the expedition, I believe it is the date, and not the location that are in error. According to records the entire task unit was at a different island on the date stamped on this photo and the accounts of the day do not indicate a landing like the one depicted.
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