" Inasmuch as Ernest Stanley has generated a lot of rumor and hearsay over time, so the task of separating fact from fiction at this late date is very hard. However, when the 200 Japanese were marched out of Santo Tomas with Ernest Stanley in a white shirt leading the procession, my father's oral history mentions that he, my father, followed right along behind them at the end of the column, fairly hoping he would have a chance to shoot a few Japs if they broke formation. No such luck, the release went off without a hitch, the Americans returning to Santo Tomas and the Japs ostensibly getting wiped out by Filipino guerrillas they ran into by chance some minutes later. That last part is something I would love to see verified as it has never been quite documented that I know of.
The following is posted at the invitation of Lou Jurika. Lou does not place much reliance on anything written by Rupert Wilkinson (or Denny Milligan for that matter), so he advises extreme caution. He concedes that Angus Lorenzen's recollection of six Japanese soldiers being tied up in a round nipa shack on the grounds of Santo Tomas on February 6th opens up a whole new aspect to be pursued. He can't recall AVH Hartendorp mentioning that in his book on The Japanese Occupation of The Philippines, "but on the other hand Angus Lorenzen doesn't make things up", so this warrants further investigation of just exactly who those Japanese soldiers were and where they came from, not to mention where they subsequently were taken.
In my book "Manila 1945 - Aftermath" I included a National Archive image of a several Japanese PW's on a work detail burying a number of coffins at the site of the Camp's garden. They are working under the very watchful eyes of members of the 1st Cavalry. Based on conversations I've had with men who had guard duties over Japanese PW's in the Philippines, it's unlikely that the prisoners were inclined to escape, being aware that they were far safer inside the compound than outside where the Filipinos could have their way with them.
I have also quoted A.V.H. Hartendorp who wrote "In the late afternoon of Synday 4th, six American soldiers, killed in action the night before, and three internees were buried near the boardwalk to the gymnasium. Some Japanese were buried some distance away."
So, here's what Lou sent me:
From: Angus Lorenzen [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 9:44 AM To: 'Louis Jurika' <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: RE: ERNEST STANLEY
You say you are looking for verification that the Japanese guards escorted from Santo Tomas on February 6, 1945 and released in a location that they had designated were subsequently wiped out by Filipino guerrillas. On the afternoon of February 6, survivors of that massacre were brought back into Santo Tomas and confined in a round nipa shed, outside of the east side of the Annex building, which previously had been used for grinding coconuts to make milk. I saw about 6 prisoners seated on the ground with hands tied behind them. I was told that they were guards who had survived a firefight with guerrillas after they were released from Santo Tomas.
I wrote of this incident in my book, "A Lovely Little War." In critiquing my book, Rupert Wilkinson claimed that the Americans had tipped off the guerrillas, so they were lying in wait for the Japanese. He stated that this was highly unethical of the Americans.
I don’t remember if Wilkinson made this claim in his book "Surviving a Japanese Internment Camp", but I was so furious when I read the book because of all of his inaccuracies (particularly his statements about me) that I might have forgotten that one.
Wilkinson claims he has written the definitive history about Santo Tomas and claims he has personal knowledge as a survivor. I only found out later that Wilkinson lived outside of Santo Tomas for most of the occupation, and his family only entered the internment camp in mid-1944. His book is a highly annotated academic work with many citations of other people’s work. He has used information from many books written by people who were in the camp, and infuriated people through his misinterpretation of what they wrote.
ArmyAir Corp: looking for someone that has a copy of Tillman Rutledge's book "My Japanese POW Diary Story". He visited my Great Aunt Years back and we heard he may have mentioned my great Uncle George Thomas in the book. Can anyone help?
Jan 3, 2019 23:54:49 GMT 8
foxholefrank: About the tank buried under the house. once the loggers reached the 3 tanks at the pockets around 1953 they were hauled off for scrap. Believe me if a peso was to be made they did it. Every where I dug I was told Yamashitas gold was theresome undera house
Jan 10, 2019 2:05:53 GMT 8
foxholefrank: I dug the big pocket back in 1996. The farming has ruined a lot of it. So much was picked up and hauled to the junk yard.I saw in 1998 12 inch Mortar shells from Corregidor at a junk yard.
Jan 10, 2019 2:11:06 GMT 8
Marine Niece: New to this. Not sure how it works. My uncle, James Shockman, Marine, was stationed on Caballo, on a 60 caliber anti-aircraft machine gun on 6 May 1942. Would that mean he was either on Fuger or Leach?
Jan 10, 2019 5:58:10 GMT 8
John Eakin: Shockman, James P., Pfc, USMC 275167 is mentioned in Xfile X3449 Manila #2. The dental charts of Unknowns X3451, X3452, X3447, X3448, X3449, X3450 were compared with his. Apparently, his remains were never identified.
Jan 17, 2019 5:22:33 GMT 8
John Eakin: You'll find more information on him by requesting his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) from the Army Past Conflicts Repatriation Branch.
Jan 17, 2019 5:23:38 GMT 8
chadhill: Marine Niece: According to Haney in "Caged Dragons" chapter 5 two 50 caliber machine guns were set up near the beach off the east shore, which would place them near Batteries Fuger and Leach. F&L were 3" and 6" guns, however.
Jan 17, 2019 8:58:06 GMT 8
email@example.com: YES I AM INTERESTED IN WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP INENDENFY MY UNCLE THOMAS F. SWEENEY . HIS BROTHER HOWARD V. SWEENEY DID SEND IN A DNA SAMPLE. WE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE GOVERMENT IN FORT KNOX KY. 40122-5504 DEPT. 107 0N MAY 25;2017
Jan 21, 2019 8:34:43 GMT 8
Karl Welteke: Off to Corregidor tomorrow for 4 days and 3 nights, will not look at the internet.
Jan 24, 2019 18:23:25 GMT 8
elainepeg: Thanks Chad!
Jan 29, 2019 6:17:44 GMT 8
chadhill: ArmyAirCorp: Yes, Rutledge mentions meeting George Thomas from TN at Las Pinas Airfield 10/11/43. At end of book mentions he is dead (no details). There is no book index for me to check so your great uncle may be mentioned even more often.
Feb 4, 2019 9:19:50 GMT 8
your mom: my mom
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2WarAbnVet: As a teen, I met a member of the "Test Platoon". His name was Frank Kassell and my Mother had known him when he was stationed at the CC Camp (that became Lee State Park) during the depression. He was in HQ 503rd PIR and had made four combat jumps, two with
Feb 11, 2019 6:08:29 GMT 8
2WarAbnVet: the 11th Airborne in the Pacific, and two with the 187th RCT in Korea. You can bet I was impressed. Later, when I was first stationed at the Airborne Board, I met another, John Ward, who had previously been the rigger Warrant in charge of the hangar at the
Feb 11, 2019 6:10:46 GMT 8
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Robert Cisneros: I am the nephew of Luz Cisneros who was captured in the fall of Corregidor. I am looking for a photo of Kindley Ridge where he was wounded as he tossed grenades at Japanese machine guns enabling American forces to regroup.
Feb 19, 2019 1:07:23 GMT 8