Post by Karl Welteke on Oct 1, 2016 16:23:33 GMT 8
Two pictures that did not upload before!
On the 2nd Nov 2012 I started this thread and in the first segment, of the 2nd Nov. 2012. At that time I could not figure out why some of my pictures did not upload and on that day 2 of the 7 images did not upload. With other people’s help, we figured out what I did wrong.
Here are those two images:
V235. This 41st Inf. Div. PA USAFFE Shrine was another reason I went to Tagaytay. The reunion held here on the 14th Oct. 2012 is covered in another album.
V236. On the 3rd Feb. 1945 the 11th Airborne Div. dropped a regiment onto the Tagaytay Ridge. This small plaque in Tagaytay reminds us. It is located in the Rotunda in Tagaytay Town.
Note: Throughout this thread I referred to a photo sharing account and company called “Multiply”. It does not exist anymore and all those links of the Multiply Co. are dead! All that work was for nothing and is one of my bad luck stories with photo sharing companies.
Post by Karl Welteke on Oct 2, 2016 16:23:24 GMT 8
The 41st Inf. Div. PA USAFFE Shrine and 2012 Reunion
The 41st Inf. Div. PA USAFFE was garrisoned in the Cavite and Batangas Provinces areas and that is where the 41st Div PA. Shrine is located, in Tagaytay.
To me the 41st Inf. Div. PA USAFFE is special since I know some of the descendants and more important because it was commanded by BGen Vicente Lim who was the 1st Filipino Graduate of West Point. On his way to join Gen. MacArthur in Australia he was caught and was tortured and executed by the Japanese Imperial Army.
In 2012 I was able to participate at the annual reunion (2012-10-14) of this division at its shrine in Tagaytay City. I mentioned it in the 1st segment of this thread that I established albums but did not provide the links; better late than never! The Great Grandson of General BGen Vicente Lim invited me. I established these 4 albums.
V237. This is a sample picture of the 1st album. The Google Earth terrain map of Tagaytay and where the 41st Inf. Div. PA USAFFE Shrine is located. This album shows the actual reunion and has 38 images:
V240. This is a sample picture of the 2nd album. 41st FA Reg. names from Jab to Zun.; an assortment of 20 other names are at the end. This album shows all the plaques with the names of the 41st Div. PA soldiers. They are uploaded in high resolution and you should be able to down load the images and then read the names. This is the URL of the album with 24 images:
V238. This is a sample picture of the 3rd album; it shows the west side of the 41st Inf. Div. PA USAFFE Shrine. Left is the impressive mural displaying the service of the 8000 Soldiers performed, endured and sacrificed? This album shows the 41st Div. Shrine grounds and this is the URL with 23 images:
V239. This is a sample picture of the 4th album. The Shrine is built with glass doors and glass walls all around. The white wall outside is the east side of the Shrine. This album shows the inside of the 41st Div. Shrine and this is the URL with 23 images:
Post by Karl Welteke on Oct 3, 2016 19:19:31 GMT 8
Brigadier General Vicente Lim
Brigadier General Vicente Lim is a most noteworthy Filipino. In the previous entry we learned that the 41st Inf. Div. Philippine Army under the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) was garrisoned in Cavite and Batangas. He was the Commanding General of the 41st Inf. Div. PA under the USAFFE.
Here are some bullet line entries about General Lim’s. Life from the above Wikipedia page:
Vicente Podico Lim (February 24, 1888 – December 31, 1944) was a Filipino Brigadier General and hero during World War II.
Lim was the first Filipino graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (Class of 1914).
Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy, Vicente Lim was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Philippine Scouts. Prior to returning home to the Philippines, the young Lieutenant was sent to Europe to observe and study the set-up of the armies there. At the outbreak of the First World War, Lim was marooned in Berlin. To make his way back to the Philippines, Lim had to travel via the Trans-Siberian Railway, and had "quite an adventurous time making his way across Siberia.
During the Battle of Bataan, Lim was the Commanding General of the 41st Infantry Division, Philippine Army (USAFFE).
He and his division played important parts in the defense at Abucay, the Orion-Bagac Line and the Battle for Trail 2
General Lim survived the Bataan Death March and incarceration at Camp O'Donnell.
V242. After the fall of the Philippines he contributed to the Filipino resistance movement until he was captured and subsequently executed. His name is the 2nd one at the Cabanatuan Memorial for all the West Point graduates who fell in the defense and recapture of the Philippines but it says he is from the 1915 class when he really was from the 1914 Class. The 1915 Class is called the class the stars fell on, Gen Eisenhower and Gen, Abrahams and others are from this class.
V243. The West Point Memorial (at right) at the Cabanatuan American Memorial with all the names of the West Point graduates who fell in the defense and recapture of the Philippines.
In June 1944, General Lim was ordered to make his way to Australia to join General MacArthur in planning the re-capture of the Philippines. He was captured. Lim and his companions were imprisoned in Fort Santiago for the duration of the investigation and interrogation. There, Lim was reportedly tortured. Richard Sakakida, who had actually witnessed General Lim’s death, told the family that General Lim, together with some 50 or so guerrillas were brought over to the Chinese Cemetery where a long trench had been dug. They were all made to kneel down, and were subsequently beheaded. Their bodies were then thrown into the trench and covered.
General Lim's body was never found.
He is memorialized in the Philippines' 1,000-Peso banknote together with two other Filipino heroes who fought and died against the Japanese during the Second World War.
His Great Grandson Vicente Lim IV is maintaining this Facebook page for his Hero General, Great Grandfather, this is the name and URL, and it has many pictures including historical ones: Brigadier General Vicente Lim. www.facebook.com/generalvicentelim/
V244. Here is a capture of a picture page from the Brigadier General Vicente Lim Facebook page and the album named Brigadier General Vicente Lim. I believe it says it was shot at the official birth of the Philippine Army.
V245. Here is the picture proper from the above Brigadier General Vicente Lim Facebook page and it includes President Quezon and Old Mac. with a cigar. Two Filipino Generals including Brigadier General Vicente Lim are standing in their uniform.
V246. On the 16th Sep, 2012 the Great Grandson of Brigadier General Vicente Lim, Vicente Lim IV, his teacher friend Kevin and I visited the Abucay Defense Line. His Grandfather with his Division was positioned here.
V247. Then Vicente Lim IV, his teacher friend Kevin and I visited the former village of Caput (Kaput/Capot) in Orion, Bataan is now named Barangay General Lim. Part of one of the more important battles during the Battle of Bataan, the Battle of Trail 2, took place here.
Hi Karl. The 41st Division memorial shrine is located a few miles down the road from our house, which we will finally be visiting next month. I have passed by a couple of times in previous years, but never stopped to investigate further. This building and memorial are not very old as it was not there around ten years ago or so to my knowledge. The photo of Gen. Lim with MacArthur and Quezon is interesting as it shows the difference in the Phil. Army uniforms of the period, namely the Guinit helmets and red shoulder boards.
Post by Karl Welteke on Oct 4, 2016 20:24:27 GMT 8
Five images failed to upload in the below entry:
“On our way to Nasugbu” dated Nov.11, 2012.
John and I met up in Tagaytay on the 14th Oct 2012 in the afternoon. I attended the 41st Inf. Div. PA USAFFE Annual Reunion then we proceeded to Nasugbu. We figured we only would have time to find a place to stay and check up on a few historical markers. We had heard of a marker to remember the US Army amphibious landing there on the 31st Jan. 1945. I had seen picture of a Japanese Marker on the Nasugbu Point and we wanted to find it. The uploaded pictures here will explain some of this. There are many places to stay in Nasugbu and we were surprised to see a number of Philippine style girly bars.
So in this entry is the 5 pictures that did not upload before; the other 4 are viewable in the original entry of Nov 11, 2012. That is on page 1 of this thread. These 5 images deal with the Commemoration Marker of the Allied Landing in Nasugbu on the 31st of Jan. 1945.
V248. At the site of the landing, at the Nasugbu beach, the Philippine authorities erected this marker to remember the landing. It resembles a LCM-3 (Landing Craft Mechanized MK3, they were about 50 feet long). This replica of what seems to be the size of a LCM-3 landing craft is a neat idea. This comment is from a qualified assault boat coxswain, your’s truly.
V249. In front of the replica boat stand 3 statures, maybe they represent the Commanders of the landing, Gen. Eichelberger, 8th Army and Gen Swing 11th Airborne Div.
V250. In front of the 3 statures, of the 31 Jan. 1945 Landing Marker, is this description plaque.
V251. The inside, the well deck, of the replica landing craft.
V252. Inside the well deck of the replica landing craft is this plaque in Tagalog
These are related URLs about our WWII historic visit to Batangas and Cavite:
THE OPERATIONS OF THE 187TH GLIDER INFANTRY REGDEENT (11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION) IN THE LANDING AT NASUGBU, LUZON, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS 31 JANUARY-3 FEBRUARY 1916 (THE LUZON CAMPAIGN (Personal Experience of a Regimental Supply Officer)
Post by Karl Welteke on Oct 14, 2016 17:25:04 GMT 8
Another five (5 out of 12) images failed to upload in the below entry, dated Nov 20, 2012: (The other 7 can be viewed at page 1 of this thread of this date)
“To our main goal, a close village to and south of Carabao Island. The Surprise Road Tunnel!”
In 2012 I still had a lot of trouble uploading images to the forum. With other peoples help I found out what I was doing wrong. That is why upload these 5 pictures now!
V266. I generated this image for John a few days before the trip to tell him what I had in mind and what I thought we saw when we visited Carabao Island previously. As it turned out it was the road cut I marked in white that what we saw and the village had the name Santa Mercedes. This village was our goal to ask about boats to Carabao and Limbones islands. The road coming down in the GE image is the road to the tunnel from the Ternate side and we didn’t see it from the boat in Feb 2012.
V267. The road to the west (Nasugbu side) tunnel entrance is practical done and we were able to drive to this point and all the way to the tunnel entrance.
V268. This is the Nasugbu to Ternate Tunnel entrance, at the Nasugbu side. That is fots2 working on his camera or GPS device. The guard is watching, interested what fots2 is doing. Thank you Mr. Guard for letting us have a close look.
V269. That is Limbones Island, all the way to the right, as we see it from the new road to the new Nasugbu-Ternate Tunnel. It was part of the Manila Bay Defenses and the US Army Coastal Defense had facilities on the NW end of the island.
V270. This is Carabao Island, the ex Fort Frank, from the new road, Nasugbu side, to the new tunnel.
NOTE 1. This was our goal and description of our visit to Cavite and Batangas:
Our main goal was to visit a close village south of Carabao Island and have a look at the new road tunnel.
After we settled in Nasugbu we continued to that village. We learned the village’s name was Santa Mercedes and that this area still belongs to the Cavite Province and Maragondon Municipality. When we visited Limbones Island in February this year with our CDSG friends we had to pay 18,000 peso. And over the last few years dealing with boat transportation to the Manila Bay Islands with boats from Bataan was often a frustrating experience. So that is the background why we wanted to look for an alternate way, going to some of the ex Manila Bay Defense installations, the Manila Bay islands.
We found some villagers in Santa Mercedes who were willing to do it and made arrangements to return soon and use their services for transportation to Limbones and Carabao Island.
Also on that boat ride in Feb. 2012 we seen a fresh road cut on the slopes of Pico de Loro and figured it was an effort to build a road from Nasugbu to Ternate. But my friend John had found out on the internet that a tunnel is being constructed for that very purpose. So that became another goal to look at that. We found the tunnel and roads to be practically finished. Maybe a year or less there will be an alternate and shorter way to Nasugbu.
Shoe Mart (SM) has a major, major development project going on in this area maybe that is another reason for this road and tunnel being build.
Be reminded here is the whole album with 64 images which all have descriptions:
NOTE 2: This information just in, via Col. Art Matibag, Chief Administrator of Corregidor Foundation Inc.:
Carabao island (formerly "Fort Frank") has now been designated as part of Philippine Marines training ground and access is now restricted. Visitors now need the coordination and approval of the Headquarters Philippine Navy.
As far as we can ascertain, this change of jurisdiction has not been publicly announced in any press release. Hence, the Philippine Coast Guard were as much surprised as the recent CDSG Group who were temporarily detained and their names taken. They were thereafter directed to withdraw from the island.
V271 (14) After you open the above URL, you got to follow the instruction and depending what combination of words you use with Gen. MacArthur you get different selection of pictures every time. The three pictures I present here, I could not find them again.
The 3 pictures were uploaded small but maybe you can find larger copies in the above URL! They portrait the former President Sergio Osmena, Carlos P. Romulo with General MacArthur in 1961.Carlos P. Romulo became an important Philippine Diplomat later and was the driving force of the “Voice of Freedom” from Corregidor during the Corregidor Siege. I wonder how often they got together to discuss their situation in those dark hours in 1942.
V272 (11). Gen. Douglas MacArthur revisiting the fortress island of Corregidor which he was evacuated from in 1942 when it was overrun by Japanese troops during WWII. 1961. Life Magazine, Photographer Carl Mydans. Photo courtesy of LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.
V273 (12). Former President Sergio Osmena (C) with Gen. Douglas MacArthur during his visit to the Philippines. July 1961. Life Magazine, Photographer Carl Mydans. Photo courtesy of LIFE photo archive hosted by Google
V274 (13). Former President Sergio Osmena (R) with Carlos P. Romulo(L) and Gen. Douglas MacArthur (C) during his visit to the Philippines. July 1961. Life Magazine, Photographer Carl Mydans. Photo courtesy of LIFE photo archive hosted by Google
Some very nice photos of the three of them. Osmena looks quite aged at that time they seem quite chummy, which was not always the case especially after the war when Roxas was favored for the presidency over him. Romulo was an integral member of MacArthur's staff and was essentially Mac's press agent. Romulo was unabashed in his admiration for him and was very much attached to "Mother America". It is Romulo who is really responsible for the creating the near god like status of MacArthur in the Philippines.
Artem: I use to work in that shipyard. Heard of D. Cleland through my uncles who were previous generations that worked there. Saw a photo or two of D.Cleland in the shipyard library. If my memory is correct I saw his grave out in the city's protestant cemetery.
May 11, 2020 8:24:25 GMT 8
faulkvi2: Hi! My name is Vickie. I am here to learn more about the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and to honor the life of my Uncle, Pvt Eugene Mott, who has not been returned to us after his death on the Oryoku Maru.
Jun 20, 2020 10:59:59 GMT 8
Gen. Gaudencio V. Vera : Brief Biography of Gen. Gaudencio V. Vera
Jul 31, 2020 10:26:06 GMT 8
Whitney Galbraith: In 2018 I self-published my father's WWII memoir (https://www.valleyoftheshadowpow.com) Col. Nicoll F. Galbraith, GSC, US Army, was a senior staff officer of Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright during the Fall of the Philippines. I would enjoy conversation.
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chadhill: Whitney: I was not aware of your book and just ordered it from Amazon. Can't wait to read it. Chad Hill.
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RobH: Hello, I am looking for clarification on the how my Uncle John A. Holmes died at Corregidor. He was with the 3rd Battalion, G Company.
Sept 1, 2020 2:36:14 GMT 8
chadhill: RobH: Try messaging EXO or tmayer on this website. They have much info on individuals of the 503rd.
Sept 2, 2020 11:22:50 GMT 8
RobH: chadhill: My approval status is still pending, so it won't let me message them yet. Any idea how long that takes? Thanks.
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chadhill: RobH, I think you're set now. You may have to make a brief intro of yourself on the guest board to prove to a monitoring system that you're not a spam robot, but try messaging them first.
Sept 3, 2020 6:49:56 GMT 8
chadhill: RobH: Be sure to login with a password, too (you probably already know that).
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rob: chadhill: Thank you! I'm set up and have messaged EXO. Thank you again!
Sept 3, 2020 11:27:51 GMT 8
alalba: Hello.I'm looking for any information about where and how the US recruited Filipinos just after WWII, 1945-46 (Subic or Sangley).I'm writing a memoir for my Dad who was a guerrilla during WWII, joined the US Navy in Apr '46, and retired in 1971. Thanks
Sept 23, 2020 11:30:51 GMT 8
SteveG: My father, Alex Georgakas, was in the 503rd and is listed on the 2nd BT HQ list of participants in the Corregidor action. His service records make no mention of that action, nor did he receive the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to his group. Thoughts?
Nov 13, 2020 0:46:52 GMT 8
Eduardo P. Sayajon : Hello to all, my uncle Crescencio B. Sayajon served & was a member of the 26th Cavalry Regiment Philippine Scout during WW2 a letter of Appreciation was given but unfortunately it was destroyed. I would like to know where I could get a copy??
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tmayer: Steve G, Did you ever talk to your Dad about his time in the service? Does his discharge list a Philippine Liberation Medal? Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with any bronze stars or an arrowhead?
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