10 March: Thor7726 joins. He advises "My grandfather is Vince Demagistris and was in the 503rd and jumped on Corregidor. I keep bugging him for stories and am just looking to learn more and see if anyone remembers him. He is 92 and as sharp as ever. Thanks, Pete."
Hello Pete and Vince. Welcome to the forum.
I see Vince is listed on the Corregidor Jump Roster as being in the 503d HQ & HQ Co. 3rd Bn. What were his duties?
When you get the chance, please ask your grandfather if he knew Franklin Billiski. Franklin also served in the same company. He is listed as being KIA on Corregidor on February 19th. Does Vince know how he was killed?
Also please ask him if he knew Richard “Dick” Adams. Dick also served in the same company as Vincent. Dick was in an 81 mm mortar squad. He also jumped on Corregidor. I had the chance to meet Dick and his wife at out last reunion in Dayton, Ohio. He is still going strong. He recently returned to Corregidor with his family for a tour. I have his contact information, if Vincent wants to get in touch. He’s also from that state up North.
Also, please ask Vince if he is a member of the 503rd PRCT Association. If not, we can get him added, so he gets the newsletters.
I see he perhaps once belong to the 11th Airborne Association?
We are looking to preserve and honor service records of all the veterans who served in the 503rd PRCT. We have very little on 3rd Bn of the 503rd. Any stories and/or old photos of Vincent and his time in the service would be a great addition to the site.
20 March 2016: Welcome to "batterymills", Mike Murray from Midland Park, NJ. He writes, "I am a member of the Army Ground Forces Association . We are currently restoring Battery Gunnison/New Peck at Fort Hancock, NJ. My uncle Arthur Green was a Private in the 698th Ordnance Company, 27 Bombardment Group. He was wounded on Bataan and was in the hospital in Malinta Tunnel when Corregidor surrendered."
Welcome also to "kepcal", Keith Phillips, from a Makati IP, who writes that he's a WWII enthusiast, and "particularly interested in Pacific MIA cases."
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Welcome to Glenn, who writes: "Hi, My name is Glenn from Melbourne, Australia. I'm interested in anything that relates to the war in the Philippines as I live here most of the year and have a reasonable knowledge of what has happened her but would like to know more. I live in Balanga City, Bataan and have visited several memorials but would like to talk and meet others from here as well."
(I have given Bob Hudson's e-mail address to Glenn - Registrar)
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Welcome to "phibco", who writes: "Hi, grew up in Boston with an old friend (Chief Frank Margiotto) telling me stories of 1939-1941 on the rock. He served at Monkey Point tunnel on the Rock. He was captured but never gave any details on his captivity; he was repatriated in a coal mine prison camp in Fukuoka Japan. He's long passed but I often think about him. I've never seen any info on the Monkey Point Navy Intercept Tunnel or have any idea about the facility. Is there anything available?"
10 April - Welcome to 0917481102 Saro Genova, who writes:
Hi, two questions please: How do you get to the Capas, Tarlac memorial from the main Highway? I will be coming from Quezon Province. Is there an onlinine list of the names of the men who died in Camp O'Donnell? I am searching for Frank Suter who died there after being captured by the Japanese. Thanks. Saro Genova email@example.com
Saro, I have passed your query along to Bob Hudson, who is our expert source on lists of POW's and their fate - Registrar
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13 April - Welcome to Daryl Gordon who has joined us as flash105. He's written as follows:
As a new member, I hope to be able to explore any threads dealing with POWs at Camp O'Donnell and such. I am a Viet Nam era veteran and had an uncle who was executed by the Japanese when ten men were killed as punishment for an attempted escape.
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Welcome to boybataan81 who writes:- My grandfather was a local of Morong, Bataan and was conscripted as a soldier before the start of WWII. He lost all of his 5 children during the war (my father was born post war). No WWII commemorative markers have been put up in Morong as of yet. Can anyone help me?
16 April 2016 Welcome to mariveleshistory, Jeverlyn, who writes:- Calling all the attention of the survivors or family of the survivors of Death March. We are in the process of completing our History (Mariveles, Bataan) but we are in a dilemma as to where the real starting point of death march in Mariveles. Thank You in advance (smile emoticon) Hoping you can help us through posting it on your page (smile emoticon) God Bless!
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The forum membership application of Sinratensai has been declined as the IP 184.108.40.206 is from Semarang Indonesia and appears in the Stop Forum Spam database seven times. Nor is there any self-introductory proof that the applicant is human.
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An extract of my correspondence in reply to him is as follows:
The text I placed on the website does not include the original statement exhibits because I have never had access to them. I cannot recall how I got the original
The report itself does mention that "disclosures and information revealed in this report that might jeopardize the safety of American and allied prisoners still held by the Japanese, and the names of women who testified to their having been raped by the Japanese, be held in the strictest secrecy."
The separation of the report from the original statement exhibits in 1945 is unfortunate, because it means that the exhibits must have followed another path. At the War Crimes Trial in Tokyo, document No 2726 consisted of 14,618 pages of sworn affidavits, each describing separate atrocities committed by Japanese troops. The Tribunal listed 72 large scale massacres and 131,028 murders as a bare minimum occurring within the Philippines alone. Thus a full account of all massacres of Filipinos by Japanese troops would fill several books.
Thus it would be a major project to obtain a copy of the evidence.
Welcome to hardin, who writes: "Clark AB 82-87. Served at RMC Clark w/ Bataan Death March Survivor Carlos Ogalino.
Welcome also to chinaclipper, who may be known to some as Craig Dyson, a member of the CDSG since approx 2008. He's been to Corregidor with the CDSG and on his own multiple times. He'sm from the Seattle area and aviation and naval history are some of his preferred interest subjects, though he's known to admire old concrete.
New member: Peter writes to introduce himself. "Hi my name is Peter de Guzman ,I'm a native Olongaponeo from Zambales,Philippines. I saw a blog here regarding the battle of Zigzag Pass of Olongapo City during WW2. The name of the person is Karl, he posted pictures of his walk last 2011. My family fought against the Japanese army too, in fact I have a farm near the top of the familiar peak. Which is included on his map. I have present images here which I can share to you guys that Japanese left hurried for many years and now it risen up. :-)"
New member: Tantalum 181 writes: I am another cousin of Robert Stanton that shares the name. We had heard of his manner of death many years ago and I would like to be updated on the status of his story. Both I and my father are veterans (Vietnam, Cold War). His IP indicates Longview, Washington State.
Andi Newell joins with username anewel; his IP address returns Palm Beach, FL.
A user identifying himself as richardlie with email address firstname.lastname@example.org returns a "disposable email service" at an Indonesian IP 220.127.116.11 which is recorded as a "Toxic", and membership is declined. Further attempts from that IP have been banned.
New member: denlwright whose address IP 18.104.22.168 returns De La Paz Norte, Pampanga joins.
Welcome to guerrilladaughter from California: She writes:
I'm the daughter of Col. Arthur Philip Murphy, who was G-2 and Chief of Staff (toward the end of the war) for USAFIP-NL. He was at one point commander of the 1st Battalion, 66th Infantry, and prior to its formation, was with the 43rd Infantry, Detached (Philippine Scouts). When the war started, he was with Co. A, 43rd Infantry (PS) stationed at Camp John Hay. I am currently writing his memoirs and have much original material, including letters, photographs and copies of official communiques to and from MacArthur's SWPA headquarters in Australia.
Hello Admin. My name is Rodel S. Mallillin. I am from San Nicolas, Pangasinan doing a research about the Villa Verde Trail events in WW2. My search brought me to your website. I would like to learn more from your site at the same time to be able to contribute data and photos since I live very near the gateway to the Villa Verde Trail.
28 June 2016 Welcome to danica, who writes: "Hi, Im Danica Romanban, one of the teachers who attended you. the one on the left." This I am curious about. I can't place the name, though the IP is from Quezon City. Karl, might she be referring to you?
13 July Now this is a curious bunch of new members. Rainiel (22.214.171.124) is at Carmona. Allyza (126.96.36.199) has joined twice, also using the name allyzalynn123, and the identical IP. The IP's indicate Calabarzon, Calamba, Laguna. I have declined the earlier membership.
Karl Welteke: Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! As of tomorrow morning, will be off to a family event, Christmas at wife’s village on the San Bernardino Strait. We will be gone for two weeks. Mabuhay.
Dec 23, 2017 19:00:43 GMT 8
westernaus: Thank you Karl and the best of Christmas and new year to you and all who make this a fantastic site
Dec 24, 2017 11:17:04 GMT 8
Karl Welteke: Arrived at the Sa Bernardino Straits, did not see any enemy ships going thru yet. Got comms (internet) when power is on, but am busy setting up camp. Already found San Miguel beer, salamat. Thanks westernaus.
Dec 26, 2017 17:49:29 GMT 8
Karl Welteke: Hello de-la hyde, used some of your pictures, look at recent posts!
Jan 2, 2018 15:00:40 GMT 8
delahyde: Thanks Karl - I have updated my webpage. I like the Hotel photo you posted
Jan 3, 2018 15:39:27 GMT 8
Karl Welteke: Too bad that you did not add the URL of your last reply of the GREAT FRENCH WEBSITE and we could have looked at those pictures at full screen!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 6, 2018 14:41:59 GMT 8
delahyde: Hello Karl: I do not know what you mean. Bing Higgins sent me his original slides which I scanned, placed some on Panoramio, then returned AUS to US. Many people use my photos - not always with acknowledgement.
Karl Welteke: Delahyde, sorry, my comment was directed to EXO re his entry about the bombing in Manila 1941.
Jan 10, 2018 10:01:17 GMT 8
delahyde: Karl, thanks for the clarification. Good luck with your investigations.
Jan 11, 2018 14:42:10 GMT 8
sherwino: hello, folks. I feel like a newbie here after a long time.
Jan 13, 2018 13:18:36 GMT 8
westernaus: Good to see you back Sherwino and Victor and TMayer .
Jan 13, 2018 16:42:31 GMT 8
sherwino: Thanks, westernaus.
Jan 13, 2018 19:39:45 GMT 8
tmayer: Thanks westernaus.
Jan 14, 2018 6:45:22 GMT 8
email@example.com: Dear Karl Welteke: Under the original numbering of GLP, No.5 was Primera Luz Lodge while No. 9 was Island Lodge. After WW2, Minerva joined the merging into Island Luz Minerva No. 5.
Jan 15, 2018 12:25:46 GMT 8
firstname.lastname@example.org: Dear Karl Welteke: It took us a year to find the Corregidor map that showed the USWV Hall. The present hall is our best approximation.
Jan 15, 2018 12:28:08 GMT 8
email@example.com: Dear Karl Welteke: When we found the location, it was a stinking garbage dump. It was either that more accurate location or the nearby and more dignified looking former horse cadaver incineration facility. Fidelity to history won the day.
Jan 15, 2018 12:32:01 GMT 8