Ok, I'm trying to get more info from my wife but it all sounds confusing and a little sketchy. She says the guy who has it is a guy who her brother knows and the guy claims that Marcos gave it to him years ago and asked him to keep it safe. I guess they opened it and said there's a bunch of bonds or something inside. They say they just want to turn it in but they don't know who to turn it in to.
I'm leaving for work soon and can't open this forum at work so if anyone has info and wants to message me, my email is email@example.com. Otherwise I'll check back in here when I get home tonight. Appreciate any help.
Wife's brother came across it somewhere (Bataan I think), I don't have much info on it but they are asking me if I know anything about it and I have no idea. As far as I know they can't open it. Has anyone seen anything like this or does anyone know what it might be?
The case is a silver case with the Federal Reserve logo on it and on the bottom it says "ONE BILLION DOLLARS SERIES OF 1934".
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Great video. I have several close friends who did the jump into Iraq in 2003. In fact, I actually built most of their deployment data for that deployment as I was working at SETAF, the 173rd's higher HQ at the time. Brings back a lot of great memories...
I have a couple photos of it as well but we can't upload pics on here, right?
QUICK ANSWER: RIK is correct. The free hosting of images was long since filled up (there's actually a thread on the subject) and thus members have to rely on flickr and the other various free-hosting traps. - exo -
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Steve showed me that spot when I was there a year and a half ago. If I remember correctly, it's hidden in the trees, isn't it? Is there discussion about clearing some kind of path to it, or just putting something up in the woods where most people will miss it?
I won't lie, I've been constantly confused and disappointed by the chasm between the "old" and "new" 503rd. As I've been told, part of the problem is that the 503rd now falls under the 173rd ABN BDE and the leadership of the 173rd prefers that anything "official" be pursed through official 173rd channels. I personally think this is bullshit as most of the 503rd's history took place before they fell under the 173rd. But, with today's officer corps worrying more about being PC and not making waves, I don't see it changing any time soon, except for the worse.
For my part, I have tons of friends from the 503rd who are justifiably proud of being part of such a prestigious outfit and I'm hoping we can bridge the gap, if only a bit. I will do my part, for whatever it's worth.
Having spent the last 14 years in Vicenza, Italy working with the 173rd, I have several 503rd members on my FB friends list...with your permission, I'd like to try to forward this to as many of them as possible. Perhaps we can try to connect some of the new generation with the old...
I did a private tour with Carlos Reyes a couple years ago and we were able to see quite a bit of the side tunnels. At one point we actually uncovered the remains of a human bone. There's definitely stuff to see down there. Every future trip will include an excursion into the tunnels, as long as we are able. There is also a danger of snakes down there too, a couple of times Carlos had to stop us so he could scout ahead and make sure we didn't inadvertently scare any snakes. Apparently they sometimes come across cobras down there.
Having spent time exploring the island with Steve and Marcia, I'm saddened to see them leaving. Steve's passion for Corregidor is amazing and hiking the island with him was the highlight of all of my trips to The Rock. Just a wonderful, wonderful couple.
Carlos Reyes (tour guide) tells the story of this guy to his Corregidor tour groups and he does it in a somewhat humorous way - he says that when he returned to Japan he received several marriage proposals. Why? Because he was also awarded 29 years of back pay, making him a rich man, lol. Carlos is the best.
Has anybody heard any recent updates to this? I've been hearing for a while that the US is planning an increased presence in the PI but it's hard to find many details. I'm a DoD civilian so I'm hoping maybe there might be a job for me there eventually!
I've been wondering about the Lingayen beach landings for a while now. We have a small beachfront house on Nibaliw in San Fabian which is also called White Beach. I have several ex-pat friends there, some who have been there 30, 40 years and they've told me that our beach is the one that MacArthur landed at. The next beach over has some monuments and such saying that was where he landed but my friends laugh at that and say the people over there tried to capitalize on it by putting up markers saying MacArthur landed there but the locals all know it was actually our beach. One of these days I need to do some research and see if I can find the actual truth.
That's right Fots, not an easy trek and the buildings are dangerous, riddled with shell holes. I took a couple pictures there because I happen to work on the base where the 503rd is currently stationed so I got a kick out of finding it.
Just got back a few days ago and wishing I was still there. I had made some loose plans but as always when I go to the PI I leave my options open and remain flexible since things always seem to change there. I spent the first week up in San Fabian (next to Dagupan) as we have a small beachfront house there. The second week was the highlight, I traveled to Corregidor and spent a few days with Steve and Marcia who took me trekking around different parts of the island that I would never have seen on my own. For those who have never met them, Steve and Marcia are just awesome people. Steve has an unbelievable passion for The Rock and I learned so much that I never knew about Corregidor from him. I'd say the highlight was the trek up to the top of Malinta Hill, the views from up there are spectacular. It was also nice to sit and chat with them and get to know them a bit. I look forward to my next trip even more now.
After Corregidor I headed to Manila to meet up with Leslie Ann Murray who invited me to the AMCHAM "Kapihan" where I was able to meet several members of the American Chamber of Commerce. Since we were both attending the press screening of "Corregidor: The Road Back" on Friday Leslie invited me to ride with her which another great experience as we rode in with a gentleman named Edgar "Looby" Crohn who lived through the Japanese occupation of Manila. The stories he told on the way to the event had me enraptured.
Lastly was the event itself. The screening of the film was held at University of Santo Tomas and afterwards there was a panel discussion involving Edgar, Steve, Peter Parsons, Paul and a couple others. It was just great to see the film and even better to be able to meet Peter and Paul in person. I just wish I'd had more time to talk with them.
Overall, just a wonderful, wonderful trip loaded with memorable experiences. Now I'm back in Italy where it's freezing cold and I spend my days at work dreaming of my next trip...
I happened to be on Corregidor last week trekking through the jungle wit hSteve and Marcia. At one point we trekked through to the old senior NCO barracks which are not easily accessible and lo and behold, inside one was spray-painted "F Company 503d P.R.C.T. Command Post 16 FEB 1945" I would post a pic but I'm not sure how to post pics on here...
exo: Some nice Corregidor photos there on your web pages, de_la_hyde.
Dec 15, 2017 12:20:53 GMT 8
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
firstname.lastname@example.org: 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
email@example.com: 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
firstname.lastname@example.org: 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