Battle of the Sibuyan Sea Memorial October 24 2011
Battle of Sibuyan Sea
Musashi , one of Japan’s biggest battle ship, departed Brunei in October 1944 for the Battle of Leyte Gulf. At about 08:00 on 24 October, the Centre Force was spotted and attacked entering the Sibuyan Sea by VF-20 squadron F6F Hellcat fighters, VB-20 Helldiver bombers, and VB-20 torpedo bombers from USS Enterprise of Halsey's Third Fleet.
Planes from carriers Intrepid and Cabot of Bogan's group attacked at about 10:30, making hits on the battleships Nagato, Yamato, Musashi and severely damaging the heavy cruiser Myōkō. A second wave from USS Intrepid, Essex and Lexington later attacked, with SB2C Helldivers and F6F Hellcats from USS Essex Air Group 15, scoring another 10 hits on Musashi. As Musashi withdrew, listing to port, a third wave from Enterprise and Franklin hit her with eleven bombs and eight torpedoes. (Morison 1956).
Kurita’s Fleet turned around to get out of range of the aircraft, passing the crippled Musashi as his force retreated. He waited until 17:15 before turning around again to head for the San Bernardino Strait - Musashi capsized and sank at about 19:30 in Sibuyan Sea . (Morison 1956).
It was October 24, 1944, a first quarter moonlight night when the World’s Biggest Battle Ship THE MUSASHI sank in Sibuyan Sea . Lying on the side of the island underneath its seabed in a slanting position with the bow pointing to the bottom .
There were about 989 Japanese Navy men perished in which some of them dove into the water while the ship was sinking causing them to be sucked up through the gaping torpedo hole. Out of 112 Officers , 39 died including the captain who decided to stay in the sinking ship. In totality there were about more than a thousand Japanese soldiers died in this tragedy.
The First Commemoration of the Battle of Sibuyan Sea was celebrated on October 24, 2006 through the efforts of Ret. Gen. Dominador Resos, Jr. , to honor the brave men who perished in the battle as well as recognizing the peace they have fought for which forever remains admirable . For these reasons, we have installed the Battle of Sibuyan Sea Memorial in Alcantara , Romblon and since then, yearly celebrated the event.
The importance of the Battle of Sibuyan Sea in Philippine History can never be neglected. Most historians are one in saying that had Musashi and the rest of the Forty Five (45) strong Japanese war ship contributing Admiral Kurita’s force , ever penetrated the San Bernardine Strait and stayed there long enough, the landing of the fighter ships of General Mac Arthur would have been delayed at the very least. Anything could have happen and history as we have it today could have dramatically changed.
Indeed, the Battle of Sibuyan Sea is considered as one of the world’s greatest naval fight in world history. The defeat of the Japanese imperialism by the American in this was paved the way towards our independence.
It is in this context that the Province of Romblon has been commemorating the Battle of Sibuyan Sea Day to inculcate among our people the vital role in realizing our independence.
This event will make every Filipino especially Romblomanons proud of the legacy the Musashi and the Battle of Sibuyan Sea has left us.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
OCTOBER 22, 2011 - THERE WILL BE AVAILABLE TOURS FOR GUESTS
ARRIVING BEFORE THE EVENT.
- SIMULTANEOUS FILM SHOWING IN THE FF MUNICIPALITIES: ODIONGAN, ALCANTARA AND SIBUYAN
- MEDICAL MISSION IN ODIONGAN AND FERROL
OCTOBER 23, 2011- THERE BE AVAILABLE TOURS FOR GUESTS ARRIVING
BEFORE THE EVENT.
- MEDICAL MISSION ALCANTARA
- AT THE EVENING THERE WILL BE A WELCOME BALL AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT ALCANTARA COVERED COURT WITH THE PHILIPPINE MARINE BAND.
OCTOBER 24, 2011- 7TH COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE OF SIBUYAN SEA
( EVENT PROPER)
- WREATH LAYING, FLOWERING OFFERING AND GUN SALUTE
- IN THE AFTERNOON , Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) REGULAR MEETING
OCTOBER 25, 2011- THERE ARE AVAILABLE TOURS FOR GUESTS STAYING
AFTER THE EVENT.
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