M24 Chaffee - G200 Series of Vehicles
1. - WWII to 1949
2. - 1949 to decomision
92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion
96th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
999th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (Colored)
No know photos or references show that any of the M24 series was used in the Pacific. This being said there is reference to them in the following report.
"Action Report - RYUKYUS Campaign - Chapter 11 - Staff Section Reports - Section XIV - Ordnance" Period 20 April to 30 June 1945
(5) As a result for the need for greater fire power against enemy entrenchment and fortifications, action was initiated to furnish Tenth Army Units with new equipment. Light tanks, M24 (75mm Gun) were requested shipped to replace light tanks, M5A1 (37mm Gun).................
(6)......... Additional quantities have now been requested as the result of successful tests. As new items of equipment, carriages motor twin 40mm, M19 have been requested shipped to replace carriages motor, multiple guns, M15A1 and carriages motor, 105mm How. M37 have been requested to replace carriages motor, 105mm How, M7. As a result of experience on this operation, study of new items of equipment is being continued and as they become available, consideration will be given to their use in replacing older types of equipment where necessary.
Depending on how you interpret this document, it almost sounds like they "tested" them in theater and have requested more. But again there is no know use in the Pacific during WWII
Ryukyus Campaign (26 Mar 45 - 2 Jul 45) in the Pacific TheaterThe invasion of the Ryukyus was made by troops of the U.S. Tenth Army, which had been activated on 20 June 1944 with Lt. Gen. Simon B. Buckner, Jr., as commanding general. The Ryukyus campaign began on 26 March 1945 with the capture of small islands near Okinawa, where forward naval bases were established. An amphibious assault on Okinawa took place on 1 April, and the fighting lasted until June. Here, for the first time, Americans were invading what the Japanese defenders considered their home soil, and the defense was fanatic in the extreme. American troops suffered heavy casualties, and the Navy, too, had heavy personnel losses as Japanese suicide flyers, the Kamikazes, sank some 25 American ships and damaged 165 others in a desperate attempt to save the Ryukyus. Among the nearly 35,000 American casualties were General Buckner, who was killed on 18 June. He was succeeded by Maj. Gen. Roy S. Geiger, who was in turn succeeded by General Joseph W. Stilwell, who arrived to assume command of the Tenth Army on 22 June 1945.Capture of the Ryukyus gave Allied naval and air forces excellent bases within 700 miles of Japan proper. Throughout June and July, Japan was subjected to increasingly intensive air attack and even to naval bombardment.
759th Light Tank
The 759th Light Tank served in Iceland in 1942, before moving to the U.K. in August 1943. The 759th Light Tank Battalion saw action in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, the Rhineland, and in Central Europe. The battalion ended the war in Aschersleben.
When the M24 Chaffee light tank was sent to Europe in December 1944, it was initially issued to the 759th Light Tank Battalion.