" 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:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 9:44 AM To: 'Louis Jurika' <email@example.com> 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.
Marine Niece: My uncle, James P. Shockman USMC was a .50 caliber machine gunner, I believe on Caballo. Is there a roster anywhere of a small detachment of Marines who came in January of 1942 to Caballo as machine gunners. Any photos?
Mar 6, 2019 5:19:13 GMT 8
norm grossman: The Fall of the Philippines 1941-42 has always interested me and now at 67 years old and retired I have the time to surf the internet and find great website like yours to get answers to my questions on this subject.
Mar 11, 2019 7:30:56 GMT 8
norm grossman: How can I post or upload photos on my posts that are off my computer and don't have URL links? Thanks
Mar 11, 2019 7:35:09 GMT 8
EXO: Norm Grossman - most of us arrange our own third-party image storage. Flickr, or Photobucket are two in the market.
Mar 14, 2019 5:35:52 GMT 8
Marine Niece: Can anyone tell me where the cliff caves on Caballo/Fort Hughes are located?
Mar 24, 2019 7:30:16 GMT 8
Henry J. Kaden: Does anyone know of the date the "Test Platoon" completed their training and were awarded their wings?
Apr 14, 2019 4:01:25 GMT 8
Boy V: Hi Im Boy Villanueva loves travelling across the Philippines. I love searching American History during the WW 2. I came across the Villa Verde which inetrest me more. I have some photos of the new improvement of the road. and how can i upload it.
Apr 26, 2019 12:33:38 GMT 8
tmayer: Test Platoon- First jump from airplane was on August 16, 1940. First mass jump from airplane was on August 29, 1940. September 16 ,1940 War Department authorized the 1st Parachute BN. October 2, 1940 document was amended to read 501st Parachute BN (i
May 14, 2019 0:25:08 GMT 8
Marine Niece: Chadhill: Thank you for the sources! They've become part the story I'm writing about James's Marine service and his death. Do you think it's at all possible for me to recover my uncle's body and bring it home?
May 31, 2019 5:31:37 GMT 8
chadhill: Marine Niece: Very possible. Call USMC Service Casualty Office to register as family member at 800-847-1597. They will want a DNA sample. See FAQ at www.dpaa.mil/Contact/Contact-Us. Be sure to request his Individual Deceased Personnel File.
Jun 5, 2019 7:16:36 GMT 8
Marine niece: About 5PM 5/6/42, my uncle swam from the shelter of some Caballo cliff caves to help someone swimming from Corregidor. Returning, he was resting in the water by rocks when he was bombed and killed. Are there cliff caves east of the north dock near Fuger
Jun 11, 2019 22:50:33 GMT 8
cbuehler: Marine Niece,
Jun 13, 2019 0:33:51 GMT 8
cbuehler: Caballo Island is almost all cliffs etc. I have to say that a swim from Corregidor to there would be quite a feat even for an outstanding swimmer, given the distance, frequently rough water and sharks that were there.
Jun 13, 2019 0:39:22 GMT 8
batteryboy: There were a number of natural caves along the steep and rocky shoreline of Caballo. Not that deep though. There is a slight slope from the shore line leading to Battery Fuger but I cant recall any natural caves when i circled the island.
Jul 29, 2019 18:30:52 GMT 8