Greetings, Cheryl Perry !
Your inquiry was short on information, but what was provided was adequate.
Your dad may have been a member of the Illinois National Guard, which wasactivated at Chicago, Ill,as the
33rd Division, 5 Mar 41.
The division consisted of 3 Infantry Regiments,
123rd IR, 130th IR and 136th IR, plus other elements, including the 108th Medical Battalion;
trained in TN, ARK, TX and CA;
after training, staged at Camp Stoneham, CA, from 24 Jun 43;
departed San Francisco, CA, P/E, 7 Jul 43;
arrived Hawaii, 12 Jul 43;
departed Hawaii, 30 Apr 44;
arrived Finschhafen, New Guinea, 11 May 44;
arrived Morotai Island, 18 Dec 44;
landed on Luzon, The Philippines, 10 Feb 45;
arrived Japan, 25 Sep 45, where inactivated, 5 Feb 46.
New Guinea, 24 Jan 43 / 31 Dec 44
Luzon, 17 Oct 44 / 4 Jul 45.
Killed in Action, 396
Wounded in Action, 2,024
Died from Wounds, 128.
Overseas Wartime Assignments:
Hawaiian Dept., 12 Jul 43
XI Corps, 11 May 44
Sixth Army, 20 Aug 44
Eighth Army, 28 Sep 44
XI Corps (assigned), 21 Dec 44
Sixth Army, 10 Feb 45
I Corps, 12 Feb 45.
Commanding General during the tenure at Baguio, Luzon :
MG Percy W. Clarkson, from Oct-43.
This is only a very brief record of the division's involvement in the Pacific.
For a more detailed account, check out Shelby L. Stanton's
"WORLD WAR II ORDER of BATTLE", which states in part:.
"The Battle for Baguio ended 27 Apr 45, when the 33rd ID and the 37th ID columns merged and overran the city, which was the summer capital of the Philippines, and then headquarters for the occupying Japanese."
Still another reference provides the following :
9 Feb 45:
"Japanese resistance stiffens in Manila, south of the
10 Feb 45:
"US GHQ/South-West Pacific area, determines rthe operational areas for US 6th Army and US 8th Army.
The 6th Army is to have full responsbility for operations in Luzon, whre as the 8th Army is responsible for all
islands south of Luzon. islands
THERE ARE NO DIRECT REFERENCES TO 33rd ID DURING THIS ACCOUNTING.
1 March 1945:
"The I Corps (of which the 33rd ID was a member) takes the initiastive again, moving north towards Baguio.
2 March 45:
The I Corps advances north.
5 March 1945:
The 33rd ID is advancing on San Fernando from the south, and the Japanese garrisons in the area are in danger of being encircled.
7 March 1945:
In the I Corps sector, a battalion of the 127th IR (of 33rd ID)occupies the bridge and village of Aringay, and advances towards Mount Magabang. Another battalion of the 127th IRis held up by strong Japanese resistance on the Villa Verde track.
11 March 1945:
In the I Corps sector, the US 33rd ID advances to within
tenmiles west of Baguio
Inthe I Corps sector, the Japanese prepare to withdraw from San Fernando, under opressure frm the Filipino guerillas in the north, and the Americans (33rd ID) in the south.
The 33rd ID occupies the town of Bauuang, with its bridge.
The 33rd ID advances from the Bauuang area on the San Fernando,which the Japanese have evacuated overnight.
Fighting continues around Norton's Knob.
The 33rd iD joins up with the Filipino guerillas, and together, they now control all ofthe west coast of Luzon.
In the I Corps sector, Monglo is one of the last positions before Baguio.
The 33rd ID is engaged in fighting for Japanese cave positions iin the Asin area.
The 33rd ID reaches the slopes of Mount Miraror, on the western outskirts of Baguio.
Units of the 33rd and 37th IDs take Baguio.
And here ends this account.
I hope that it confirms your profile of your father.
Please feel free to get back to me if needed.
Louie F. Turner
PLEASE NOTE: I AM SUBMITTING THIS WITHOUT AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROOF IT.