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21st Division
21st Philippine Division Emblem 1941-42-XXI.jpg
21st Philippine Division Emblem 1941-42
Active 1941 - 9 April 1942
Country  Commonwealth of the Philippines
Branch Philippine Army
Type Infantry Division
Size Division
Part of North Luzon Force; I Philippine Corps

World War II

BGen Mateo M. Capinpin
WWII Philippine Army Divisions
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The 21st Infantry Division was a division of the Philippine Army under the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE).

Organization[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

It was active from 1941 to April 9, 1942, whereupon it surrendered when Bataan fell. It was organized and trained in Northern Luzon. Col. (later BGen.) Mateo M. "Matty" Capinpin (PA) was the division's commander; he and his staff took command on 18 Nov 1941. The division's Senior Instructor was Col. Ray M. O'Day, and like all of his counterparts in other units, his training task was monumental.

Combat Narrative[edit | edit source]

At the opening of hostilities, 8 December 1941, the 21st Division formed a part of BGen. Jonathan M. Wainwright's North Luzon Force of the Philippine Army (later renamed I Philippine Corps), alongside the 11th and 31st Divisions, and the 26th Cavalry Regiment.

Order of battle[edit | edit source]

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21st Philippine Division Emblem 1941-42, more common version

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Morton, Louis (1953). United States Army in World War II, The War in the Pacific: The Fall of the Philippines. Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, United States Army. 
  • Whitman, John W. (1990). Bataan: Our Last Ditch : The Bataan Campaign, 1942. Hippocrene Books. ISBN 0-87052-877-7. 

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