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PFC Gerald E Sullivan
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Birth: Nov. 10, 1910
Juneau County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1944
Leyte Province
Eastern Visayas, Philippines

Gerald E. Sullivan
Private First Class, U.S. Army,
Service # 36241380
305th Infantry Regiment
77th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Wisconsin
Died: 11 December 1944
Awards: Purple Heart

Son of William H Sullivan & Mary Ann Warme

Gerald E Sullivan (1910 Wisconsin) of Juneau County, Wisconsin enlisted as a Private on 19 May 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was single.

He married Agnes Vincent on 31 Dec 1942 in Mauston, Juneau County, Wisconsin

"Meanwhile, on the west side of Leyte, the XXIV Corps received welcome reinforcements on 7 December with the landing of the 77th Infantry Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Andrew D. Bruce, three and a half miles south of Ormoc City and one mile north of 7th Division positions. The 77th Division's 305th, 306th, and 307th Infantry Regiments came ashore unopposed' although naval shipping was subjected to kamikaze air attacks. As the newly committed unit landed and moved inland' the 7th Division resumed its march north, and the defenders were quickly squeezed between the two forces.

The commitment of the 77th Division proved decisive. As soon as he learned of the new American landing, General Suzuki ordered those forces then attacking the Burauen airfields to break contact and cross the mountains to help hold Ormoc Valley. Only small groups of these troops, exhausted and malnourished' reached the west coast in time to be of any great use. The strongest opposition facing the 77th Division came from a force of about 1,740 soldiers, sailors, and paratroops at Camp Downes, a prewar Philippine constabulary post. Supported by the 305th and 902d Field Artillery Battalions, General Bruce's troops pushed through and beyond Camp Downes to enter Ormoc City on 10 December, just three days after landing. In the final drive on Ormoc, the 77th Division killed some 1,506 enemy and took 7 prisoners while losing 123 killed wounded and 13 missing.

With the entrance of the 77th Division into Ormoc City, the XXIV Corps and X Corps stood only sixteen miles apart. In between, the 12th Independent Infantry Regiment, with its defenses anchored on a blockhouse less than a mile north of the city, represented the last organized Japanese resistance in the area. For two days the enemy positions resisted heavy artillery fire and repeated assaults....." Source: http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/leyte/leyte.htm

December 11th: The 77th Infantry Division attacks from Ormoc ....but makes little progress. Private, Gerald E. Sullivan was killed in that campaign that day. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William H Sullivan (1868 - 1944)
  Mary Ann Warme Sullivan (1878 - 1942)
 
 Siblings:
  Raymond Sullivan (1902 - 1987)*
  Gerald E Sullivan (1910 - 1944)
  Dorothy Sullivan Besse (1913 - 2006)*
  Francis Leo Sullivan (1919 - 1983)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Entered the service from Wisconsin.
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital, Philippines
Plot: Plot H, Row 7, Grave 102
 
Maintained by: steve s
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56785784
PFC Gerald E Sullivan
Added by: steve s
 
PFC Gerald E Sullivan
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Added by: Paul Hyde Schott
 
 
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Rest in peace, Uncle Jerry.
- Terry
 Added: Nov. 10, 2013

- Ernest Sharpe Jr
 Added: Sep. 9, 2013
 
 
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