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31st Division
31st Philippine Division Emblem 1941-42.jpg
31st Philippine Division Emblem 1941-42
Active 18 November 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)
Engagements

World War II

Commanders
Notable
commanders
BGen Clifford Bluemel
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The 31st Infantry Division was a division of the Philippine Army under the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE).

Organization[]

History[]

It was active from November 18, 1941 to April 9, 1942, whereupon it surrendered when Bataan fell. It was organized and trained in Zambales Province of Northern Luzon. Col. (later BGen.) Clifford Bluemel (USA) was the division's commander.

Combat Narrative[]

At the opening of hostilities, 8 December 1941, the 31st Division formed a part of BGen. (later LGen.) Jonathan M. Wainwright's North Luzon Force of the Philippine Army (later renamed I Philippine Corps), alongside the 11th and 21st Divisions, and the 26th Cavalry Regiment. The 31st was initially headquartered at San Mateo, Rizal, but most of its personnel were training at San Marcelino, Zambales, near Subic Bay, when hostilities broke out.

Order of Battle[1][]

Sources[]

  • 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. 

Bibliography[]

References[]

  1. Morton, 102, 109

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