World Battlefronts: Task Force

In Manila Harbor, the Japs aboard Fort Drum, the 335-foot "concrete battleship" built on the rocks of El Fraile Island, refused to surrender. Warships knocked the twin-gunned turrets out of action, but bombs & shells bounced off the fort's 18-foot-thick topside and the Japs greeted all comers with small-arms fire. Then Vice Admiral Daniel E. Barbey of the Seventh Amphibious Force and Major General William C. Chase of the 38th Division got up the war's oddest naval task force and sent it out to reduce the fort. TIME Correspondent William Gray, who went along reported:

An LSM (Landing Ships, Medium) came alongside...

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