“Oct 26 – Had raid at 11:00 P.M. Good news Jap fleet beaten and turned back. Japs lose or damage , 58 ships. We also sustained losses.”
Alright, this entry follows the brutal, routine, reality that Mike and the other soldiers during this war faced ; starting off with a “raid at 11:00 P.M.”
This entry is also very different in tone when in comparison to just about every other one. It is almost uplifting sounding, when reading it. I would imagine Mike was in a more positive mood when he wrote this, as the “Jap fleet beaten and turned back” must have been a major morale booster for him and the other soldiers. This meant the war in the Pacific was starting to go in favor of the allied forces.
I am guessing this is the aftermath of the Battle of Samar, which I talked about in the previous entry. If you don’t know what the battle is, I would recommend going back and reading through that post, which will hopefully help this one make more sense.
The next part is very interesting as it gives a quantity, mentioning “58 ships” owned by the Japanese Navy that got destroyed or damaged. This is a major victory for the allied forces, as this made a fairly large dent in their Navy, and set them back a fair bit. If the American forces would have lost this battle, it could have allowed the Japanese to take over the Philippines, and ultimately winning the war. That is only a theory though, so please take it with a grain of salt.
Mike ends this entry in a solemn, kind of melon-colic way, by writing “We also sustained loses.”
The total American loses for the Battle of Samar are as follows:
- 5 ships destroyed
- 6 ships damaged but survived
- 23 aircraft’s destroyed
- 1,583 men killed / missing
- 913 men wounded but survived
The total Japanese loses for the Battle of Samar are as follows:
- 58 or more ships damaged / destroyed
- 52 aircraft’s destroyed
- Unknown amount of men killed / missing
- Unknown amount of men wounded that survived
Hopefully these numbers can give more perspective to “We also sustained loses.”