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Re: Clarence H. Smalley's log

July 20 2013 at 4:52 PM
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Response to Clarence H. Smalley's log

 

Keith,

Your dad was just one of many men traveling to the Philippines in the capacity of casual officers (i.e., not part of a military unit in transit). As far as I know, ALL such casual officers on Bloemfontein disembarked at Darwin, while the 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, and Headquarters, 26th Field Artillery Brigade, continued on to Java aboard this transport. Eventually, the brigade headquarters was ordered evacuated from that Dutch island, and except for its C.O., Colonel Albert C. Searle, did return to Australia. The battalion of the 131st F.A. of course remained on Java to put up a brief fight before the general surrender there.

Nelson

 
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