Hey Army...Thanks a bunch for posting this story. I have heard/read for years about the loot that was dumped in the Bay and attempts to recover same, but this is the most complete rendition that I have seen thus far. When was this Reader's Digest published. I saw a film on the Travel Channel, probably 30 or more years ago showing some scuba divers recovering scattered silver pesos from the Bay floor. I don't know when that film was made, but they certainly weren't finding huge numbers of coins. Thanks again for sharing. Cheers.
Their story ties in with that of John Wright's book, "CAPTURED ON CORREGIDOR".
He mentioned all the silver the divers were giving the prisoners with which they bribed their guards for more food. SOME silver coins sewn into their clothes were taken off Corregidor when the prisoners left in a hurry............ (Check post this site, "Captured On Corregidor").
In 1975 I was married in Manila's Paco Chapel in a traditional Filipino wedding. I went to Ermita to buy the 13 coins you need for the bride to have dropped in their hands during the ceremony, by the future husband to show he will support her, (I think it means he is giving her control of all the money!)
Anyway the Silver Peso coins I bought are from the 1930's. I still have them.
You can still buy coins in Ermita today, but be sure to bring a magnet.........the recent coins I bought as souvenirs are made of steel. Yeah. I checked my Silver coins from the 70's, real silver they are.
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