These documents were sent to me in large volumes last year from a contact at the National Archives. This contact has since moved on and no longer available to me. The monumental number of documents were sent to me in a four month period. I only came across these posted docs as I go though each file. It is rare that I come across such documents as is posted here. The majority of them are dull, repetitive and boring documents, most of which make no sense to the reader.
I have had these documents for over a year now. I received them through a contact at the National Archives. I recently went through a 279 page pdf files and in the midst of those pages, these documents stood out. I was mesmerized by reading them. I felt as I was there experiencing the excruciating stress everyone was under. I'm happy to have shared them and thank you Paul for sharing them here.
Karl Thanks for the excellent coverage of the markers. When #67 was destroyed and cast aside, I was only angry because there was no effort to dig beneath the base and put a chain or a strap beneath it and lift it out of the way. According to a trike driver who witnessed the roadwork, a backhoe slapped the base and broke it, and the obelisk which sits on the obelisk came loose. It was carried over to a wall and left there. The base was crushed into small pieces later.
The public outcry helped push the Dept. of Public works to quickly rebuild and replace the marker to its original condition. Not only this but in my opinion, any further necessity of moving a marker due to road widening, the Dept. of Public works will, in the future, use a little more restraint and caution with these markers when they need to be moved.
I understand that at least two Congressional representatives questioned the Dept. about their methods in moving these markers. The foreman was a bit combative when questioned by ABS-CBN Channel 2 news when I was there with them. I'm hoping that his attitude has changed.
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I have the War Crimes testimony from a survivor of the Massacre on file. I live in Limay, Bataan, about 26km north of Mariveles. Glad to be of help should you require some. Edress: email@example.com
In 2013 I visited the Bataan Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lo and behold, there was one of the original plaques from the Death March Markers hanging on the wall. It was Marker # 11 which is located 1km north of Sisiman turn off which goes by the new GN power plant. The original "Real Estate" type markers had to be replaced because of scrappers and relic hunters with the new more expensive Concrete markers.
My Name is Bob Hudson and I live in Limay,Bataan. I'm a bit of a researcher, explorer and all around nosy person here about all things Bataan. I think that between Karl Welteke and myself, we can be of some assistance to you. Karl is the back country guide and knows Bataan as well as anyone. I know the area fairly after living here for nearly four years. I do have some files on the Pantingan Massacre from the War Crimes Trials as well as a variety of other information that I've been gathering for 15 years. Feel free to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Kings command responsibility was to save his men. Wainwrights command responsibility was pass on orders to King from MacArthur. MacArthurs command responsibility was to hold off the Japanese irregardless of the annihilation of his entire Army. Each General in the hot seat. I believe Wainwright sided with King but was a Generals General. He would follow orders no matter what be believed the situation to be. Kings heart was in the right place but his ass was in the wrong place. MacArthur had his reputation to protect. It is my firm belief that MacArthur could have and perhaps should have defied Roosevelts orders to leave Corregidor.He could have sent his family to safety. I would have been more impressed when he gave the order to fight to the last man if he had stayed rather than give Wainwright that order as he left the island for safety. But again, it's just my opinion.
Unfortunately with the slow internet speed here in Bataan, there are constant pauses in the You Tube video which would add another hour or more to the viewing time. If the Philippines ever decides to do something for the benefit of its citizens, this video may one day be viewed in its entirety without 150 pauses.
So many things happening quickly. Too many to attend them all. On the 12th is the Bataan Freedom Run in Balanga sponsored by Veterans Bank. On the 11th I have to meet with members of Veterans Bank to erect a banner I had made for FAME (Filipino American Memorial Endowment). All proceeds from the event go toward the maintenance of Bataan Markers. Wanted to let you know that I had lunch with Kevin Hamdorf at the Sit N Bull....just down the street from your home on March 28th. He turned over to me a donation to the Bataan WW2 Museum artifacts of the Nakajima ki-27 Japanese fighter and the P-40, which, of course you know, impacted on Mt. Tarak, taking the lives of both pilots on February 9th, 1942. The museum will become the permanent home to the artifacts and we hope that people take the time to come and see the museum behind the Balanga Elementary School which served as General Homma's headquarters during the Bataan siege. Rosalie and I just finished cleaning and painting all but 11 of the 100 markers in the Province of Bataan including the one at the Layac memorial. Thanks for all you do. All your posts are immensely interesting.
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