General Macarthurs second landing at San Jose, Mindoro

Three groups of the US navy arrived in Mindoro Straits in the early morning of December 15. 1944.
       1) Mindoro Attack Group of R / Adm. Artur D. Struble
       2) Close Covering Group of R / Adm. ‘Count’ Berkley and the
       3) Motor Torpedo Boat under Lt. Adm. N. Burt Davis.
       At 7:10 am, a signal was fired and at At 7:30 they attacked.
      The 19th Regimental Combat Force, 24th Inf. Div.1st and 2nd Battalion,
      503rd Parachute Regimental Battalion , Combat Reserve Force, Army Air Force Service troops.
      Leading the whole group is Brig. General William C. Dundkel.
      They disembarked at Caminawit Pt. (Red Beach), San Agustin (Blue Beach) and Adela (Green Beach)


 Plaque from the monument commemoratng the landing of American Forces in Dec. 1944

To the seashore of San Jose came the Visayan Attack Force.

This was divided into the Mindoro attack group under Admiral Arthur D. Struble, the Close Covering Group under Rear Admiral Russell S. Berkey, and the Motor Torpedo Boat Group under Lt. Com. N. Burt Davis, on the 15 December 1944.

Included were 11,878 combat troops; 9,578 army air force; and 5,901 Service troops under the command of General William C. Dunkel who prepared the airport for the landing of air forces for the landing at Lingayen, Pangasinan to free Luzon.

In connection with the above is the recognition of a group of Filipino guerrillas which include Major Ramon Ruffy, Major Sofronio Untalan and Captain Lawrence Cooper. These groups fought against the Japanese Force in Mindoro.

The monument pictured on the right is a short distance past the road leading to the Airport.

After the defeat of the American Forces in Corregidor Macarthur went to Australia in 1942. While there he planned to land in Leyte then in Mindoro - but the Pentagon believed that Mindoro was too risky and overruled Macarthur.

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Monument commemorating the landing of American Forces in Dec. 1944 in San Jose, Mindoro

However after the Battle of Leyte Gulf Macarthur defied the Pentagon and went forward with plans to land in Mindoro.

Macarthur liked the location of Mindoro because control of it would help cut off Japanese Forces in Mindanao and the Islands of the Visayas from Luzon.

Once Mindoro was established as a base for American Naval and Military operations the Americans went to Lingayan in Luzon. From there they proceeded to defeat the Japanese in Luzon and free Manila.

Note: The National Historical/Mindoro Historical Society placed the plaque on the monument. They were probably involved with initiating the development of the interesting and attractive sculptures illustrating the historical events by Severo "Xerot" Rodil Jr.

The sculptures appear to have been formed by a copper alloy layer over a prepared plaster? substrate. In patches the white surface underneath is showing.

There were written inscriptions on 'paper' underneath the sculptures and I have used the information to caption the photos.

Reference: HISTORY OF SAN JOSE by Rudy Candelario. (

A former canteen manager of Midoro Sugar Central joining a guerilla group led by Captain Lawrence Cooper
Japanese soldiers in a train being ambushed by Filipino guerillas in Nov. 1944
After Liberation from the Japanese

Symbolising the ascent of San Jose from the ashes of war.
        Hospitals, schools, and a library were built from the prefabricated corrugated huts (Quonset) left behind by the Americans.
        The Americans had put in electricity, a civil airport, dock, roads, bridges and other infrastructure,