|U.S. Navy Fleet, Leyte. October 1944. (Photo: WWII Archives)|
From 23-26 October, the Japanese utilized nearly all of their major naval ships in the Battle of Leyte Gulf but were overcome by the US 3rd and 7th fleets. The Japanese Navy was decimated and ineffective thereafter. Leyte Gulf was the first battle where US forces would see the dreaded "kamikaze" fighters. The death toll of Leyte Gulf was staggering: 65,000 Japanese died and more than 15,000 Americans were killed or wounded.
Oct. 28, 1944
Dear Sis May:
Today, Sunday is such an ideal day to write, so here's to what I hope won't be too boring. Honest, there are times I write, with no nose for news, except to say that I'm thinking of you and wish I was back home, so that I may see you all once in awhile.