Hey Chad....I did some Googling and came up with the following..."Corregidor - The Treasure Island of WW 2" - Edward Michael-1999. According to this source this event or something very similar did happen. Now, the problem is, being a klutz as far as being computer literate, I can't re-locate it on the web. I got sidetracked watching the bowl games and when I came back to the problem at hand, I was at a loss attempting to relocate my "find". I will try tomorrow to hit the mother lode again. It is hidden in one of the sites dealing with Frank Fenno and his Naval career from Annapolis on thru retirement from the service. Maybe, by trial and error I can pick up on it again. Cheers.
Ed Michaud began as a regular contributor to our Corregidor Then and Now website in 1999 and submitted several articles, including the one you mentioned, which is at :corregidor.org/chs_trident/trident_01.htm
Because there are people "out there" who take gold stories very seriously, Ed and I agreed to the approach that we must discourage there being any "treasure still on Corregidor" stories. Hence, our approach was that while Corregidor Island was indeed at one time a temporary depository of fabulous wealth, those days are long gone and that his readers should enjoy the stories for what they are – STORIES.
Ed sure does spin a good sailor's yarn.
Ed is the only person I have heard from who claims to have actually dived on the wrecks of Corregidor, specifically those in the area between Corregidor and Caballo, where the silver barge was sunk. How he managed to do this, I couldn't get the specific details, save to say that it was a long time ago, "in the days when anything could happen."
What I found most interesting about Capt. Fenno is that he made 32 torpedo attacks, firing 85 torpedoes, including 34 hits, 5 confirmed premature detonations, 5 confirmed duds, and 25 suspected duds. The high rate of torpedo failures is scandalous, a Navy scandal which can be easily overlooked by blaming General MacArthur for everything. And believe me, there are Navy types who do.
I wish you and yours a Happy New Year, and I hope that these stories will warm your cockles, as I hear that cockles are getting very cold in the mid-west at the moment and are in need of a good warming.
Hey EXO...Thanks for listing the link. Saved me from "groping" for my misplaced Fenno info. Yes, I am allowed Egg Nog, but I have left the Nog out of the equation since 1985. When the goin' gets tough, the tough get goin', or some such drivel. Controlling high blood pressure takes precedence in my case. Cheers and a Happy New Year to you and many thanks for creating and maintaining this forum. It is a very large and important part of my day.
Gold bars in the act of being handed over to crewmen of the Detroit. Sea looks pretty smooth, surely no one would have slipped and dropped one between the two vessels! (I wonder if this is where the one bar began its journey to the galley?)
Looks like the smoking light was lit, too...
From "Battle Report, Pearl Harbor to Coral Sea", 1944.
Hey Chad....I wonder what the function of those two sailors (one with only his leg showing) clad in "whites" might be. The dungaree gobs seem to be "turning to" in good fashion and the Officers and Chief (is that a cigar or pipe in his mouth?) have everything moving along in good order, but those two sight seers act like tourists. It's no wonder that the Detroit guys are grinning. The word is probably already out that they are going home, at least long enough to deliver the bullion. Those three submariners have pretty nice growths of facial hair, methinks. Cheers.
Okla I'll bet those two sailors in whites are dressed for special liberty and will be the first ones off the sub when it pulls in. During my days they had similar recognition for "sailor of the week" or such, and my hunch is that these guys did a good deed somewhere and are about to be rewarded for it.
I cannot locate it right now ( is there a computer 'buzz word' for "big hard disk, bad human memory" yet?) , but somewhere I have put an image on the site, a close examination of which shows three small Piper Cubs parked on Topside. Yes, on what had, days before, been the Landing Field "A." It seemed to me that they had flown in for the flag raising by MacArthur.
I have heard of comments about the 462nd using an L-4 spotter for their artillery, and some medical evacs to Mariveles though have not found any comments about the first date at which "A" Field was cleared for use as an aircraft landing field, but 2 March is the earliest I have seen documentary proof for.
raycoinhound: I sugest all members read this one!!!Fowlerville news and views 11/08/20 page 15.. The article shows Andy age 99 My mother Jackie age 95 and me in the middle age 68> . Andy saw all the paratroopers jump off his distroyer which shelled Corregdor in Feb 1945
Apr 20, 2021 12:06:19 GMT 8
raycoinhound: all members you better read this one.Fowlerville news & Views 11/08/20pg 15. Andy saw the 503 jump into battle on Corregidor. His Distroyer shelled the island and as soon as they stopped down came the 503rd!Andy is 99, my mother 95 and me 68.I take him out
Apr 20, 2021 12:09:58 GMT 8
raven316: Which tin can, my dad was on the USS Crosby, APD 17
Apr 21, 2021 1:55:19 GMT 8
JoAlberto: These are good reads. I am a young girl from Phils very much enthused with Corregidor and its history pre and post war.
Apr 30, 2021 14:20:11 GMT 8
Barbara: My uncle was Spencer Bever, Al and him started this adventure together here in Columbus Ohio...would love to get more direct info about them..thanks...
Jun 8, 2021 6:16:26 GMT 8
Paul Whitman: Barbara - The story of Spencer Bever is told by survivor Al McGrew, his closest friend. They book "Amid Th' Encircling Gloom - Corregidor and Survival" follows their times together until they were split when Al was sent to Japan.
Aug 22, 2021 7:45:49 GMT 8
Paul Whitman: Presently, I am re-working the book for re-release in a large format presentation book. There are 217 mentions of Spence in it. and his drawings.
Aug 22, 2021 7:47:58 GMT 8
JM: hello, may I ask what are the process that authority use to improve or develop the sbfz ?
Aug 31, 2021 0:37:48 GMT 8
EXO: JM - sorry, speculation on SBFZ policy sounds a mite political, and not in our remit.
Sept 19, 2021 6:44:11 GMT 8