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!
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??
Nov 16, 2020 23:04:02 GMT 8
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?
Nov 19, 2020 8:26:25 GMT 8
Steve G: tmayer, my dad passed when I was just 9 years old, so he never really talked in depth to me about his service. My understanding is that he really never did go into detail with anyone about it, as far as I ever heard.
Dec 8, 2020 23:29:05 GMT 8
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Dec 8, 2020 23:34:27 GMT 8
FoCo NoCo Guy: Wild Bill Massello was my HS Calculus teacher '66-'67 in El Paso. Quiet, competent - never talked about his military service.
Jan 4, 2021 10:38:37 GMT 8
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