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Trevor M. Larson

From Taygaytay To Ft McKinley.........

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Another Army in the pacific hero added to my collection. i'm very pleased to honor this fallen Angel of the 511. research paid off because i had the morning reports for the 511 on hand and very quickly located this trooper because of it!

2nd Lieutenant Thomas F. Egan # O-544626 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania attended Pen state university and upon graduation enlisted in the army. At some point he went through parachute training and then shipped to the PTO by November 1944. On January 20th, 1945 Lt Egan arrived on Leyte Island where he ended up in the 511th parachute infantry regiment’s replacement depot. There he was assigned to HQ company, 1st battalion. Shortly After the entire 511Th shipped over to Mindoro awaiting the weather to clear. Their entry into the Luzon campaign would be a combat jump at Tagaytay Ridge, 22 miles inland from the rest of the Division’s landing at Nasugbu. At 8:15, on February 3rd 1945, Lt Egan and the rest of 1/511 jumped unto Tagaytay. They quickly formed up and attacked west to assist the 188th Glider infantry regiment fighting the Japanese on Shorty Ridge resulting in a linkup at 13:00. Tagaytay was deemed Secure by 15:00 and the 511 reorganized for a push north up highway 17 for the prize of the campaign: the city of Manila. After a days march (with battles at Imus, Bacoor, and Las Pinas) the 511 reached Paranaque Bridge (the outskirts of Manila) and quickly became locked into vicious combat along the infamous Genko line. At 5:00 February 5th the 511 rushed across Paranaque Bridge and began a campaign of house to house fighting until a halt order was given on the 10th. The next two days 1/511 began mop up operations and then on the 13th swung east to assault Nichols field. The field was taken and then held against multiple Japanese counterattacks. 1/511 pushed further east to the final fortress of the Genko Line: Fort McKinley. Lt Egan and the 511 assaulted on February 17th, Sometime into the offensive Lt Egan was killed in action: he was 22. Fort McKinley would later become the Manila American cemetery. Lt Egan is Buried on the ground which he was killed on, at Plot N Row 12 Grave 15.

 

All said and Done Lt Egan was in the 511 for 28 days, 14 of which were combat days that included one combat jump, a lightning Advance, Vicious urban combat, the seizure of an airfield, and a frontal assault against a fortified stronghold in which he was killed in action. RIP Lt Thomas F. Egan

 

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seeking any items related to the 511th parachute infantry regiment from 1943-1945.

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Beautiful uniform, thanks for remembering this veteran who made the ultimate sacrifice!

Mark


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Never made it back to claim it....another casualty of the not well known nor remembered liberation of the PI. The jump on Tagaytay Ridge ( around a mile from our house there) was made across from the Manila Hotel annex, now the Taal Vista Hotel, along a line just to the north of this point.

The intent was to secure the road ( now the Tagaytay Nasugbu road ) leading to the Tagaytay rotunda, which was and still is the junction of the road leading north to Manila.

There was little resistance in the area and the objective was readily achieved. The really hard fighting was yet to come against the Genko line in Taguig and Paranaque on the southern borders of Manila proper, where Ft. McKinley (now Ft. Bonifacio and the American Cemetary are located.

Another well personality known to us older folks, Rod Serling, was also heavily engaged in the fight there along with Egan.

 

CB

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Never made it back to claim it....another casualty of the not well known nor remembered liberation of the PI. The jump on Tagaytay Ridge ( around a mile from our house there) was made across from the Manila Hotel annex, now the Taal Vista Hotel, along a line just to the north of this point.

The intent was to secure the road ( now the Tagaytay Nasugbu road ) leading to the Tagaytay rotunda, which was and still is the junction of the road leading north to Manila.

There was little resistance in the area and the objective was readily achieved. The really hard fighting was yet to come against the Genko line in Taguig and Paranaque on the southern borders of Manila proper, where Ft. McKinley (now Ft. Bonifacio and the American Cemetary are located.

Another well personality known to us older folks, Rod Serling, was also heavily engaged in the fight there along with Egan.

 

CB

I have Serlings Autograph in the yearbook of a HQ3 511 vets grouping I have. The 511 dosent get much love compared to the other paratrooper regiments of ww2. I find the regiments history to be fascinating

seeking any items related to the 511th parachute infantry regiment from 1943-1945.

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Unfortunately you are right, the 511 and practically every other unit in that huge and difficult campaign don't get much recognition.

Will you attempt to restore the uniform or keep it as is?

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It will be kept as is. He never wore that patch. So it wont be added


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Great Uniform and superb history and caretaking! If you are interested I will have to dig up my photos of the Jump on Tagatay ridge from my album belonging to a member of the 188th.

 

Mike


A collecter of photographs

Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

Mike Harpe

 

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Great Uniform and superb history and caretaking! If you are interested I will have to dig up my photos of the Jump on Tagatay ridge from my album belonging to a member of the 188th.

 

Mike

you go right ahead mike, I havent seen many photos of the operation

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Trevor, Will do. I even have some from the capture of Nichols field.

 

Mike

you go right ahead mike, I havent seen many photos of the operation

 


A collecter of photographs

Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

Mike Harpe

 

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Trevor. Here are two shots taken at and around Nichols field. The photo with the plumes of smoke is Manila burning. Will scan the shots of the jump and post hopefully this evening.

 

Mike

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A collecter of photographs

Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

Mike Harpe

 

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Trevor,

 

the first one is Jumping on Tagaytay Ridge and the second is Lake Taal From Tagaytay Ridge.

 

Mike

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A collecter of photographs

Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

Mike Harpe

 

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Trevor,

 

the first one is Jumping on Tagaytay Ridge and the second is Lake Taal From Tagaytay Ridge.

 

Mike

beautiful shots!

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Glad you enjoyed them Sir!

beautiful shots!

 


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Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

Mike Harpe

 

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Great uniform plus he lived no more than 30-40 minutes from me. Sad story but beautiful uniform and glad you’re preserving it

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On the 75th anniversary of the FT McKinley battle I made the long trek out to Luzon to pay my respects at Lt Egan’s and many other 511 troopers final resting places 

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On 12/31/2018 at 11:27 AM, R Michael said:

Trevor. Here are two shots taken at and around Nichols field. The photo with the plumes of smoke is Manila burning. Will scan the shots of the jump and post hopefully this evening.

 

Mike

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May I ask where did you get these photos? My grandfather was in B Co 511 PIR and this is the first time I have ever seen pictures like these. Any other pictures from the 511th would be of interest to me. 

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Jack,

I picked this album up on ebay about 15 years ago. It wasn't listed as a 11th AB album but it was a feisty bidding war all the same.

 

mike


A collecter of photographs

Always looking for PTO related photos and photo albums. also looking for 134th CB USN and 711th railroad operating battalion photos and photo albums.

 

Mike Harpe

 

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