I passed your comments through to Peter, and he has furnished this reply:
I read Rampage before meeting the author at a semi elite dinner party given by Lin Bildner at the MacArthur Suite in the Manila Hotel. (I say semi elite due to my own presence there lowering the level.) After the normal pleasantries, Lin opened the topic of the day by saying, “I always thought Yamashita was the bad guy...” Beniting Legarda (RIP) shouted out, “Yamashita was a lying, crooked sonofabitch.” Whereupon I offered, “Well, we can all go home now.”
Now I will say here the two main things I said to James Scott.
1. Jim, I think all historians are duty bound to leave their prejudices at home when writing their books.
2. Jim, your book would be very much improved by removing a single word.
He then asked me what word.
I said that MacArthur never FLED from anything. The use of that word exposed Jim’s bias, and its use also introduced a lie about the general.
Jim said that I was the second person to point that out. The first had been Steve Kwiecinski (recently kicked out of Corregidor by the Corregidor Foundation in violation of its agreement with Steve.)
I think the obvious anti-MacArthur bias hurts the value of the book, which goes into the Atrocities in hellish detail. That part I applaud. And I will add that Jim is a very personable and likable person.
One side note: This book cannot and should not be cited as a reference for the number of civilian deaths that occurred in the battle of Manila. His cited 100,000 refers to the un-referenced choice of Robert Ross Smith.
Personally I cannot see that Manila (with a war time population of say 800,000) having enough victims to fill the Yale Bowl TWICE.
As many massacres as I document in my video, and as many as documented in Rampage, the sum total of their deaths I feel would not reach 50,000.
Choosing the magical RobertRoss Smith number has had the effect of enshrining it in emotion and pseudo history, making it, ultimately, voila, a MEME!
BLussier: I am the niece of Pvt. Robert D. Turner 13030357 listed as MIA on Corregidor. Still working with DPAA on Robert’s case. In the first entry on thread you mention a report and give info from Col. (Chaplain) Boerman that references cremating bodies in tunnel
Mar 6, 2021 10:58:01 GMT 8
BLussier: Is it possible to get a copy of that report? DPAA analyst never heard this before. I read the same info in a book. It was reported by a doc in the tunnel. Unfortunately I did not write the book title/ author info so can not use that info as evidence this
Mar 6, 2021 11:02:20 GMT 8
BLussier: is what could have happened to Robert’s body. Thank you! Bobbye (Turner) Lussier
Mar 6, 2021 11:04:28 GMT 8
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
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