Re: Americal Division / 132nd Regiment /Co. F World War II
Greetings, Norm !
This was a somewhat atypical unit which was organized from
Task Force 6814, on New Caldonia, 24 May 42;
the name is a contraction of America and New Caldonia;
it included 3 Infantry Regiments, 132nd, 164th and 182nd,
4 Field Artillery Battalions, 221st, 245th, 246th and 247th, plus other elements;
after establishing defenses and building installations on NC and New Hebrides, departed for Guadacanal;
132nd IR landed there 8 Dec 42,and attacked Mount Austen, 17 Dec 42;
engaged in very heavy combat at the Gifu Strongpoint,
24 Dec 42/9 Jan 43;
132nd landed at Verahue, 1 Feb 43;
reached Tenaru Village, 9 Feb 43;
division moved to Bouganville, 17 Dec 43/12 Jan 44;
division moved to the Philippines, 8/28 Jan 45, in relief of the 77th ID on Leyte;
the 1st BN, 132nd IR landed on Burias and Ticao Islands,
3 Mar 45;
the Japanese were eleminated there by 10 Mar 45;
division left Leyte, enroute to The Philippines, 24 Mar 45;
took Cebu City, 25 Mar 45;
division was in training on Cebu Island for the pending invasion of Japan (probably projected for Oct-45) when the war ended 15 Aug 45.
I have pretty well resticted this narrative to the exploits of the 132nd IR.
Stanton's WW II ORDER of BATTLE provides a more detailed description of the division overall.
I hope this helps your friend in his quest.
Louie F. Turner.