Your division consisted of National Guardsmen from Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.
It entered Federal Service at Indianapolis, IND, 17 Jan 41; (my 16th birthday) followig training, it departed New Orleans P/E, 31 Dec 43; arrived Hawaii, 21 Jan 44;* departed Hawaii, 11 Jul 44;* landed Oro Bay, New Guinea, 23 Jul 44;* departed New Guinea, 30 Nov 44;* arrived Leyte, Philippines, 16 Dec 44; landedonLuzon, 29 Jan 45, for to assist in the assault on Subic Bay, which fell 30 Jan 45; assaulted El Fraile Island, 13 Apr 45; assaulted Caballo Island, 27 Mar 45; arrived at Los Angeles P/E, 9 Nov 45;* inactivated at Camo Anza, CA, same date.
Campaigns: New Guinea Southern Philippines Luzon.
Location at war's end, 15 Aug 45: Manila, Philippine Islands.
Causalities; KIA, 645 Wounded, 2,8814 Died from Wounds, 139.
Concerning Billy Joe Peace: He was a Staff Sgt. from KY; he was KIA 5 Dec 44; he is memorialized by plaque at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, The Philippines.
Which means thathis ship was attacked during its trek to Leyte.