Bailey, John Bruce, S1c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 113X, USS Missouri (BB-63)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Spanish Main
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
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Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Madison County
Last Address
Marshall, North Carolia

Date of Passing
Oct 24, 2012
 
Location of Interment
Bowman-Rector Cemetery - Marshall, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon




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Last Known Activity
Mr. John Bruce Bailey

Visitation 5-7pm Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Madison Funeral Home
Funeral 11am Sunday, October 28, 2012 in the Chapel of Madison Funeral Home
Interment Bowman-Rector Cemetery
Age 84

John Bruce Bailey, 84, of Marshall, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

Mr. Bailey was born December 27, 1927 in Madison County. He attended Mars Hill College until he enlisted in the Navy. John was stationed at Pearl Harbor on the USS Missouri and was present on the ship when the Armistice Treaty was signed by Japan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Willis and Alva Merrill Bailey; brother, Charles Bailey who died while serving his country as a Airborne Ranger in the US Army during the Korean conflict; and his sister, June Maccoli.

Surviving are his sisters, Hilda Frisby of Asheville and Sandra Sams of Marshall; four nieces and a nephew.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, October 28, 2012 in the chapel of Madison Funeral Home with Reverend Sam Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Bowman-Rector with Military Honors conducted by Mars Hill VFW Post 5483.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1945

Description
On December 15, 1944, landings against minimal resistance were made on the southern beaches of the island of Mindoro, a key location in the planned Lingayen Gulf operations, in support of major landings scheduled on Luzon. On January 9, 1945, on the south shore of Lingayen Gulf on the western coast of Luzon, General Krueger's Sixth Army landed his first units. Almost 175,000 men followed across the twenty-mile (32 km) beachhead within a few days. With heavy air support, Army units pushed inland, taking Clark Field, 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manila, in the last week of January.

Two more major landings followed, one to cut off the Bataan Peninsula, and another, that included a parachute drop, south of Manila. Pincers closed on the city and, on February 3, 1945, elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division pushed into the northern outskirts of Manila and the 8th Cavalry Regiment (organized as infantry) passed through the northern suburbs and into the city itself.

As the advance on Manila continued from the north and the south, the Bataan Peninsula was rapidly secured. On February 16, paratroopers and amphibious units simultaneously assaulted the islet of Corregidor. It was necessary to take this stronghold because troops there can block the entrance of Manila Bay. The Americans needed to establish a major harbor base at Manila Bay to support the expected invasion of Japan, planned to begin on November 1, 1945. Resistance on Corregidor ended on February 27, and then all resistance by the Japanese Empire ceased on August 15, 1945, obviating the need for an invasion of the Japanese Home Islands.

Despite initial optimism, fighting in Manila was harsh. It took until March 3 to clear the city of all Japanese troops, and the Japanese Marines, who fought on stubbornly and refused to either surrender or to evacuate as the Japanese Army had done. Fort Drum, a fortified island in Manila Bay near Corregidor, held out until 13 April, when a team of Army troops went ashore and pumped 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the fort, then set off incendiary charges. No Japanese soldiers in Fort Drum survived the blast and fire.

In all, ten U.S. divisions and five independent regiments battled on Luzon, making it the largest American campaign of the Pacific war, involving more troops than the United States had used in North Africa, Italy, or southern France.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Nov 7, 2012
   
Personal Memories

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USS Missouri (BB-63)


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13 Jun 1945 USS Missouri bombarded Japanese positions on Luzon, Philippine Islands.

   
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  • Bagby, Henry Lawton, CAPT, (1941-1970)
  • Block, Charles John, CPO, (1938-1945)
  • Bolmgren, Mary
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Brewster, Donald, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Campbell, Donald Christenberry, ENS, (1943-1945)
  • Colvin, Victor Morgan, F1c, (1944-1945)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Crowley, Art Smith, PO2, (1944-1946)
  • Deschenes, Alfred Joseph, CPO, (1942-1970)
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