U.S.S Marcus Island Documents

Marcus Island

This page includes links to copies of rare original documents that pertain to the gripping action off Samar Island during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The documents belonged to Donald Charles Jones of Mercer County, PA, a crew member on the U.S.S. Marcus Island, which was an escort carrier in Rear-Admiral Felix Stump's task group "Taffy 2". For a photo of the U.S.S. Marcus Island, click here.

For a particularly well written description of the action off Samar Island, read Chapter 7 of Adrian Stewart's book "The Battle of Leyte Gulf", which also provides an excellent presentation of the entire battle. For a book that goes into influencing events before the battle, as well as the battle itself, read the book "The Battle of Leyte Gulf" by Thomas J. Cutter.

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Battle of Leyte Gulf shipboard news release
Page 1 of a shipboard news release to crew members, ship unidentified
Page 2 of a shipboard news release to crew members, ship unidentified

U.S.S. Marcus Island 1st Anniversary Newsletter
Marcus Island newsletter, upper part of page 1
Marcus Island newsletter, lower part of page 1
Marcus Island newsletter, upper part of page 2
Marcus Island newsletter, lower part of page 2
Marcus Island newsletter, upper part of page 3
Marcus Island newsletter, lower part of page 3
Marcus Island newsletter, upper part of page 4
Marcus Island newsletter, lower part of page 4
Marcus Island newsletter, upper part of page 5
Marcus Island newsletter, lower part of page 5
Marcus Island newsletter, upper part of page 6
Marcus Island newsletter, lower part of page 6
Marcus Island newsletter, upper part of page 7
Marcus Island newsletter, lower part of page 7
Marcus Island newsletter, upper part of page 8
Marcus Island newsletter, lower part of page 8
Marcus Island newsletter, upper part of page 9
Marcus Island newsletter, lower part of page 9

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