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Members of the 27th BG fought as Infantrymen

Discussion in '27th BG (Light)' started by Robersabel, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. Robersabel

    Robersabel New Member

    JAMES D. GAUTIER, JR. M/Sgt. USAF (Ret.)

    (The following statements were taken from the biography of the above mentioned veteran)

    “On the second of November, 1941, I shipped out to the Philippine Islands with the 27th Bombardment Group (L). We turned our aircraft over to the Savannah Air Base Group prior to departing Savannah, GA, and we were to receive new A-24 Dive Bombers, in crates, from the factory a few weeks after our arrival in the Philippines.

    When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, General Douglas MacArthur redesignated our group, the 27th Provisional Infantry Battalion, and sent the six squadrons of the 27th to the front lines in the jungles of Bataan, where we fought for 99 straight days.

    The Japanese Army overran our positions on April 7, 1942. General Edward P. King, Commander of all forces on Bataan, surrendered his forces to General Homma, Commander of the Japanese forces on April 9, 1942.”END

    Members of the 27th Bombardment Group have quite a track record. After Luzon was invaded by Japanese, the 27th BG with various AAF units formed the First Provisional Air Corps Regiment (PACR). The unit was assigned to the 2nd Battalion.

    The 27th BG was awarded three (3) Distinguished Unit Citations aka Presidential Unit Citation w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters. Also, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

    Combatants participated in the campaign who are recipients of the PUC are entitled the Bronze Star Medal. Furthermore, considerable numbers are recipients of the Combat Infantryman badge (CIB) in accordance with two(2) specific War Department Circulars 269 and 105. [All WWII recipients of the CIB are entitled the BSM (In this case First OLC)].

    Four sources provided description s of how participants battled against the enemy during the campaign which occurred from 7 December 1941 to 10 May 1942.

    1. National Museum of the Air Force

    2. U.S. Army Center of Military History

    3. Personal experience of a staff officer consisting of 32 pages by Major Emerson, Infantry

    4. Personal experience of a platoon leader consisting of 25 pages by 1st Lt. Mendelson, Infantry.
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  2. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

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  3. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Two articles

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  4. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member


    You will find a considerable resource at the Philippine Archive Collection at this link:


    The 27th BG wasn't the only non-infantry unit that was handed rifles and pressed into infantry service in the futile defense of the Philippines.
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  5. Robersabel

    Robersabel New Member

    Lucky Partners,

    You are correct. Appreciate you sharing the site. I have posted information regarding the 24th PG. Will follow with additional information in appropriate threads.

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