"Deprived of tank support, the first Infantry fell back to the junction of Mauban road and Route 23. Here it was joined shortly before noon by more than 300 Retired Philippine Scouts, lead by Maj. Montgomery McKee, a retired Scout Officer.
These Grizzled Veterans, trained and disciplined by a lifetime in the Scouts, had long since served their time. Called on to bolster the raw Filipino troops, they assembled near Fort McKinley, and in a fleet of taxi cabs, rushed to the front.
General Jones immediately attached them to the First Infantry and replaced Maj. Rumbold with McKee, their commander. These "seasoned trained men" wrote Col. Mac Donald, South Luzon Force chief of staff, "definitely stiffened the green First Infantry.".
betcha these old geezers were still better soldiers than you could expect. it is, methinks, in the DNA of these old warriors. there were no better fighting men in the whole pacific, allied or enemy, who were superior. in other words, on a level playing field (equal quality of weapons, equipment, medical situation, etc) the enemy might get a tie, but they werent going to beat them. i have always believed this and i am too danmed old to change my fossilized mind now. go scouts.
I have interviewed a number of American officers who commanded Scouts, both before and during the war. Their opinions were all basically the same. The Scouts were brave, loyal, hard working and dependable. And as long as they were were well led, they were among the best soldiers in the world.
Post by Karl Welteke on Jun 1, 2023 17:25:15 GMT 8
Philippine Scouts News.
This section is from Philippine Scouts Heritage Society. It is their Memorial Message of 2023.
Memorial Day 2023
Wishing all PSHS members a meaningful and restful Memorial Day. Apologies for the long hiatus in email newsletters. Sometimes it gets busy for our volunteer members and things get away from us. It’s been a couple of months since we last sent out an email newsletter, but we’re sending this email out today being Memorial Day, and “our mission is to remember.”
We have quite a bit of update that we may have to break content apart into several emails – including a recap and photos from the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, New Mexico, the Bataan Legacy event held at the Presidio on April 15th, our President Paul Ruiz’s attendance in the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor conference a few weeks ago, the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s WW2 Weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania, and some other tidbits and historical nuggets.
For now we would like to announce our Society online Zoom meeting which is scheduled for Sunday, September 10th from 1-3pm Pacific time. Agenda, and Zoom link to be sent out later this summer. The usual Society business matters will be presented and discussed in this meeting (eg. President's report, Sececretary's, Treasurer's report, new business, elections). It will also be an opportunity social catch-up for everyone after the meeting.
Today we remember all the servicemen and Scouts who fell fighting for freedom. As a special highlight, the two WW2 Philippine Scout Medal of Honor awardees who did not make it back home. Lt. Alexander R. Nininger, Jr. of the 57th Infantry, and Capt. Willibald Bianchi of the 45th Infantry. Their names are forever etched on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery marked in gold. A poignant message is carved on the wall among the names of the missing and fallen, “Take unto thyself O Lord the souls of the valiant.”
Zg295. The names of missing MOH recipients are forever etched on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery marked in gold.
Zg296. Lt. Alexander R. Nininger, Jr. of the 57th Infantry is forever etched on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery marked in gold.
Zg297. Capt. Willibald Bianchi of the 45th Infantry is forever etched on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery marked in gold.
Zg298. A prayer on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery.
Zg299. The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.
Zg300. Battery “C”, 92nd CAC (Philippine Scouts) 1931 on Corregidor with Capt. Armstrong and 1st Lt. H.C. Reuter.
EXO: There are a disturbing number of applicants for membership who are not reading the rules. As a result, members who have not made a relevant post within 3 months will be deleted, on the grounds they are "bots".
Dec 27, 2023 13:23:50 GMT 8
JackJensen: I came across my father's name - Capt. Paul Jensen - who was with the CIC, on the forum. I'm hoping to find more, though it appears that his area - Sicily, North Africa - was not the focus of the board. So, I'm not sure how much I can contribute.
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