Please re-welcome ed, who registered with us about 6 years ago but haves forgotten his password. He writes: "My dad, Eddie McCall was in the 503d and was killed on Negros Island. It was almost exactly 72 years ago. He is buried in the Philippines. My wife and daughter went to see his grave about 6 years ago. I was wondering if anybody knows anything about my dad or has any information about what took place on Negros Island. During this Memorial Day time, my heart is as sad as ever for him and the other men who died for our country. My dad knew he had a son but never saw me. I'm 72 and my clock is ticking. if anyone has any information they can share, I would appreciate it.....Rendezvous With Destiny." His IP indicates Traverse City, Michigan.
I have decided against registering thesensorystore as its IP is a bit of a problem. Its IP 184.108.40.206 comes up as a spam site based in New Delhi. It's banned.
Welcome to bpartain whose IP suggests Tulsa OK, and who writes: I am researching my daddy's service information. Joe Bill Lawrence, awarded Bronze Star. He was Battery B, 60th Coast Artillery at Corriegidor. Captured and POW. Trying to find his hellship.
Special thanks to Peter Parsons. My father Paul speaks fondly of you, Peter, and highly of the work you have done. He is 93 now and cannot remember if he has a copy of Secret War in the Pacific. The DVD is available in at least 5 libraries. If the rights are not owned or proprietary, would you please upload it to youtube? I may be assisting my father to upload his 6 volume record of WWII Submarine Veterans, the book Anthology, and also the book SPYRON as Web-books and possibly audiobooks. I believe that ease of access to the facts, history and stories is more important than selling books.
His IP indicates St. Louis, Missouri.
(I can answer this easily, Gary: The rights to Secret War in the Pacific ARE owned, and they ARE proprietary, and they belong to Peter Parsons, and he has NOT given anyone any permission to YouTube them, or to monetarize them. Indeed, he wishes he could rid YouTube of the plagues of various and sundry thieves and bandits who have stolen his works, and have marketed them without authority - ExO.)
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Welcome jmlrct107 whose IP suggests Atlanta GA writes: "What happened to the hundreds of wounded that were in the tunnel when the Island fell?"
The answer was that the Japanese generally behaved in a civil manner, and allowed (or rather forced) the prisoners to recuperate. There were individual incidents of cruelty, but no widespread pattern of sadism or inhumanity. The nurses were not molested, not then, and not later, and not throughout their entire captivity. Of the greater concern was the betrayal by some Americans by others, resulting in a fatal shooting. Read, for example, Hollis Blakesley's short article at corregidor.org/chs_blakesley/provoo.htm which alludes to a Captain "Stretch" Thompson being executed for refusing to empty hospital beds of wounded soldiers.
(Not long after his release on the Treason Charge) "Provoo took a shine to an underage boy from Baltimore and was caught in bed with the lad in a mid-western motel room. They'd crossed many a state line. That got the effeminate one three years behind bars.
His final years were spent in Hawaii. What few friends he had on Hilo Island said the ex-GI was "a nasty drunk" when in his cups. He lived in a shack up in the hills and died at 84 in 2001.
The traitor who once had made page one of the New York TIMES didn't even rate a two-line obit on the back pages of "the newspaper of record." And that's the rest of the story."
Welcome 1996jatp, who writes: "I'm interested in this group because my grand uncle was stationed in the Philippines before and during the opening stages of WW2. His name was Edgar R Hudson of Alix, Arkansas. He was a private in Company K of the 31st infantry division of the Philippine department. He died at Camp O'Donnell from dysentery.
Welcome hallink, who writes: "My name is Harold S. Link, Jr. My father was 1LT Harold S. Link, XO of A Btry, 462nd FA. I am an attorney and I live in Salisbury, MD. I was a field artillery officer in the USAR and National Guard for 26 years. I was a history major in college and I am interested in military history in general, and the history of my father's unit in particular."
Welcome "stringbean" , who is posting out of Tokyo, and writes us: "Hi. I was introduced to this site by fots2 following an extensive post I made on a Philippines message board regarding Corregidor. Or perhaps I should say I "thought" it was a rather extensive post instead fots2 started schooling me. Ha. Would love to be a member here, and hope to be able to contribute something as well. Much thanks! Best regards, Curtis"
Welcome also to "NelsonH" , whose IP indicates Washington D.C., writes us : "Hello! I am much interested in learning about Corregidor island. My grandfather was a US army Philippine Scout assigned to the coast artillery. My father was born at Fort Mills in 1939.In fact my father's side of the family lived in the island before the war broke out as I recall my grandmother tell stories about "peacetime" then.
It's an honor to have such a distinguished author and historian place membership here. Thank you John, for writing such an outstanding book which I thoroughly enjoyed and learned so much from. I have also read your great magazine pieces and watched 4-4-43, which was most informative and very well made. Your depth of research is incredible. I look forward to studying your future works.
P.S.- Please bear with us as we work to fix the sudden and unexpected Photobucket fiasco which has decimated so many of the images on this website.
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Welcome to davidleigh (David Metherell) who rejoins us after his old computer ate his password. Well, it didn't quite eat it, but you know, stuff like that does happen. . .
We also welcome southie, (Paul Southgate) a British expat living in Barrio Barreto for the past 13 years. Her teaches SCUBA at Johan's and is very interested in the local history.
7201966 (220.127.116.11)(firstname.lastname@example.org) is from San Francisco.
"robert" is from Fayetteville, N.C. His IP is 18.104.22.168 and his id is mhorla6461@***.com
26 August "billytwyford" who used a Costa Rica based e-mail, but whose IP 22.214.171.124 suggests Clifton NJ, joins.
30 August Welcome to "crossbow1" who writes to us that "My father served with MacArthur during the war. He hardly ever spoke of the war and died very young. Peopole who I know and trust say he served as a guard to MacArthur. I know he received the Silver Star and numerous other medals. His name was John T. Lee and was a staff-sergeant. Records were lost in a fire in DC and I would like to learn more. I'm 71 and have waited too long." Crossbow's IP indicates he's north-east of Wichita, KS.
3 September "bataan4942" joins us from I.P. 126.96.36.199 which indicates Ottawa, Canada. Address is jennyg_usa@.......com
7 September "Ibontya777" whose IP 188.8.131.52 indicates Sicklerville, NJ, joins.
12 September "fuggiti" writes us that he/she is a "relative of a soldier killed in WWII". The IP 184.108.40.206 suggests Chicago, IL.
19 September "Marcywilfon" joins. She's been in conversation with Chad Hill on the Guest Board.
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12 October: Welcome to Hank J. Ritter who is to be "happychap". His IP indicates as near Brighton in the UK.
20 October: Welcome to Ian Ballinger, an 80 yr old Australian retiree now living in Manila. He has now visited Corregidor 6 times, and his main interest there is the pre-war trolley system on the island. His user name will be "Lucian3"
22 October: Welcome to Aussie history lover, "Procopius" who is somewhere in South Australia.
22 October. Welcome "Frogtownmike" (Mike Reagan) whose IP 220.127.116.11 indicates North Reading, MA.
30 October. Welcome Torch whose IP 18.104.22.168 indicates Sydney, Australia.
2 November: Welcome to Omaspice who writes: I am from Omaha, helping a friend locate information for his uncle, Albert Krause, who served in a Coastal Artillery Unit, Western Pacific Theater. The only record recovered from archives is the final payment voucher which indicates his unit was the Western Pacific Theater Headquarters. No other info on his MOS. Any suggestions on where else to search would be appreciated.
12 November: Welcome to dedrawolff who is joining us to see if anyone wants scans of a Christmas Greetings roster book from 17th Balloon Company, Fort Mills, Corregidor, PI, 1921.
13 November: Welcome to "shulland" who writes that he is "Interested in history, from Tucson, AZ....I am in Subic Bay today and hoping to visit Corregidor Tuesday."
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6 December 2017: Welcome to vfwpost2485member who writes us " I am a member of VFW Post 2485 in Angeles City. I have a general interest in Philippine history and birding as well as wine and food. Thank you to Karl-Wilhelm Welteke for providing me a link to this board."
18 December 2017: Linkeyg who writes us "You have posted a picture labeled Col.Theodore M. Chase receiving the Legion of Merit. The man pictured is not TM CHASE. He was my great uncle. This man looks nothing like him. Please take this off your site."
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2017 6:23:40 GMT 8 by Registrar
Welcome to Luis, "Impf1963" who writes us that "...my wife is the eldest daughter of Dr Tim Cotter from Innisfail North Queensland. He was a witness in the Court Martial of Capts BACHE and WALSH. Of the 503 I would be interested in knowing more of this history for our family."
I was only able to read between the lines in order to form a viewpoint on the Bache/Walsh proceedings. (I am a lawyer, so it was of particular interest to me.) There was a strong undercurrent of opinion running against Col. Kinsler, and it seemed to me that the verdict was a means to undercut his authoritarian command. He wasn’t loved by the West Point officers (putting it mildly), and he was straight out despised by many of the enlisted men. (That's a bit strong, so let me just say that they "lacked confidence" in his command.) I also felt that the prohibition of parties, with women and booze (anti-fraternization) was the result of factional jealousy, and not really about security at all.
I do touch upon the lack of confidence in Col. Kinsler in the Bless ‘em All feature. Bill Calhoun wasn't in NQ at that time, so he didn't have the inside skinny on the unwritten details, but we did have the very comprehensive journal by the Regimental Adjutant, Jerry Riseley, which we have quoted extensively. Both the adjutant's journal and the court martial record are reproduced on the site, and in hardcover. There’s a lot of material around the 503d site concerning their times in NQ, and I have reproduced many of the images we've acquired in some of the books I have published – you can find them HERE .The volume with the most Australian "flavour" is
Regards Paul Whitman
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Welcome to the last member of the 2017 year to "buddyssweetheart" who writes: "My Grandfather served in the Philippines in World War II. While there, his childhood best friend whom he grew up with and served with was killed in action. I know where he was buried in 1945. I am in the process of trying to find any surviving family and when I do, I would like to be able to tell them where their loved one ended up."
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