Jungle Combat with the 112th Cavalry

Three Texans in the Pacific in World War II


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About the Book

This narrative tracks the experiences of three veterans while providing a comprehensive account of Troop G activities during the war years. The text follows the regiment from its time as mounted cavalry based in Fort Clark to New Caldonia, where the men gave up their horses to become infantymen in General Douglas MacArthur’s conquest of New Guinea and the Philippines. Never as famous as the federalized infantrymen of the Texas 36th, the men of the 112th have often been overlooked in discussions of World War II, and this text seeks to restore them to their rightful place in the history of the Pacific theater operations.

About the Author(s)

Robert Peyton Wiggins, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, works in the University of Virginia Health System. The author of several books, he won the 2010 SABR Larry Ritter Award for the Society for American Baseball Research for his book, The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs (McFarland, 2009). He lives in Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Robert Peyton Wiggins
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 39 photos, 3 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6150-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8529-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1
1. A Long Way from Home 5
2. Fort Clark 20
3. San Francisco to Down Under 40
4. Woodlark 57
5. New Britain 72
6. Australian Interlude 92
7. New Guinea 99
8. River of Death 114
9. Leyte, P.I. 128
10. Luzon, P.I. 139
Epilogue 152
Appendix A. 112th Cavalry Troopers on Active Duty July 20, 1942 159
Appendix B. Troop A Rubber Boat Assault 172
Appendix C. G Troopers Killed in the Pacific War 177
Notes 179
Bibliography 190
Index 193