Re: James L. Taylor-37th Div-Tonga,Solomons
Greetings, James Lee Taylor !!!
My war was in Italy, but I have an excellent reference book which tends to confirm much of the information you submitted to the forum 11-20-98. A brief history follows:
This was an Ohio National Guard unit which was inducted into federal service at Columbus, OH, on 15 OCT 40 as the 37th.Div.:
It transhipped to Camp Shelby, MS 20 OCT 40 for maneuvers
thence to LA for more maneuvers;
back to Shelby where redesignated 37th. Infantry Division 1 FEB 42;
arrived Indian Gap Military Reservation,PA
18 FEB 42;
moved to San Francisco, CA Port of Embarcation 11 MAY 42;
arvd. Fiji Islands 11 JUN 42;
arvd. Guadalcanal 5 APR 43;
landed on Kokorana Island Solomons 21 JUL 43, and New Georgia Island 22 JUL 43;
returned to Guadalcanal 9 SEP 43;
to Bounganville 8 NOV 43;landed Huon Gulf New Guinea 18 DEC 43;
and Manus Island 22 DEC 43 enroute to the Philippines where assaulted Lingayen Gulf Luzon 9 JAN 44;
arrvd. Los Angeles, CA P/E 18 DEC 45, and inactivated same date at Camp Anza, CA.
Location at war's end, AUG 45: San Jose Island, Philippine Islands.
Killed in Action1,094
Wounded in Action4,681
Died of Wounds250
My reference (which still has a LOT of material on this unit):
"World War II Order of Battle" by Shelby L. Stanton, published by Galahad Books, NYNY
I hope that this provides you and your family
more insight into this obviously brave man's history. It wasn't easy I'm sure.
With best regards,
I'm from Fort Worth, Texas.