Hey Fots....Now that we know which mortar is "the mortar", I have gone back over those great shots that you and your trusty pocket camera used to record the guns in the mortar pit. I find it most satisfying to know exactly which of these four artillery pieces is "it". I am taking the liberty to christen this mortar the "K" gun in honor of Sergeant Kwiecinski. I am sure that some folks reading these posts think we are a bit addled, but I would respond to such charges with your most apt statement, "there is no known cure". Today, thanks to Steve, we have relieved our suffering to some degree, no matter how limited. Cheers.
Pic from my trip in 1974 - the condition of the battery was pretty much unrestored and it was not possible for us to enter any of the support areas. Sorry about the photo quality - everything was film and the heat in the area as well as a few years have taken their toll.
Here are comparison photos of the mortar with the dented barrel. By the way, what a great discussion here!! I remember that in 1986, an elderly Filipino gentleman (not sure if he was a vet) told me that this mortar did indeed take a direct hit near the muzzle, from a Japanese gun on Bataan.
fots2's 2010 image:
My 1986 photo:
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Hey Chad....If I had ever had a chance to tour Corregidor, Battery Way would have been the first Battery that I would have visited. I suppose it's because that Battery was the last one (on the Rock) firing. It has a "mystique" that the others are lacking. "Ghosts walking at midday".
In previous posts we had discussed what the 12-inch Mortar ‘number’ assignments might be. No one will lose sleep not knowing this but I found the following table so I thought I had better add it here, I’ll never be able to find it again. The table also shows the Pit ‘letter’ assignments.
(published in a 1904 US Army document, “Care and Use of Seacoast Armament”)
Hey Fots....I beg to differ with your statement. There are those of us, myself leading the list, who have and will continue to lose sleep over such trivia. I betcha, if you were candid, you would have to admit that you are a card carrying member of this unique group of "geeks" who lose sleep in this manner. Are we now "safe" in saying that 'ole #1 is THE storied piece of ordnance?
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
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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
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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