Hey Guys....It would appear that we are permanently stymied unless, as I mentioned in a prior post, that we need some grizzled veteran, if any are still living, to step forward and to swear that he was a young (18 or 19) gunner assigned to Battery Way at the time of the surrender. Fots, as you stated, there are two conflicting views (both supposedly accurate) clouding the truth. This wouldn't be the first plague/monument/etc with erroneous information, nor would the Info on Corregidor.org be the first faulty presentation of "facts". Ex gunner "John Smith" just has to appear to set the record straight. Postscript. I wonder if there might be something in "Wild Bill" Massello's papers/etc that would reveal the true story of the "last fixed gun firing" that day in May 1942.
I can understand a soldier from Battery E, 60th CA, who formerly manned an AA searchlight and radar battery, not knowing the exact mortar numbering but I would think he would be well aware which was the last one to stop firing.
Hey Fots....If you, Battery Boy, Ironman, Nowhere and ArmyJunk can't come up with the elusive answer to this quandary, it ain't gonna happen, methinks. All I can do is kibitz, it seems. What I am wondering is this....is the number of individual mortars, as is shown in Armyjunk's diagram, standard CA mortar pit numbering or is it left to the individual batteries to designate numbers to their weapons????If the mortars are numbered in a standard way and Way's layout is identical to the one shown in Armyjunk's chart, we may, just yet, figure it out by some soret of reasoning process (which I don't have the capacity at present, if ever) which I am sure you guys can handle. Cheers.
Post by steveontherock on Jun 5, 2010 10:58:05 GMT 8
My father, Staff Sergeant Walter Kwiecinski, AKA Finch, was the last sergeant firing the last mortar at Battery Way. He identified it as the one in the front right by noting it in a photo in the Belote book. He also came to Corregidor in 1980 and posed by the gun. He would not have travelled half way around the world to pose by someone else's mortar. This information was also verified when I interviewed the only two living men whom I could find, Ed Friese and Henry Harlan, at the 2006 Phoenix ADBC convention. My father was their serrgeant in E Battery.
The two gns on the left show obvious damage from artillery fire from Bataan. The back right gun is missing essential parts. The one onthe frontright is the only one with obvious sabotage, with the mount to the breech block being cut away.
Hey Steve...We "geeks" could ask for no better authority as pertains to the "last firing mortar" at Battery Way. Thanks a bunch for setting this matter straight. This information certainly comes straight from the "horses mouth". Thanks again. Postscript....I am well aware that you don't need to be told this, but you can be awfully proud of your father (as I am sure you are). As somebody once said, "they don't make 'em like that anymore". Cheers.
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
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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
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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
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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
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raven316: Which tin can, my dad was on the USS Crosby, APD 17
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