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    Thursday
    Feb072013

    Corregidor Island

    Corregidor Island, Manila Bay.


    Beyond humbling.
    Our brave soldiers (including nurses) held the Imperial Japanese Army at bay for five months until they succumbed on May 6 and Gen. Wainright surrendered. They survived in the Malinta Tunnel (me with Gunnery Sgt. John Flynn's coin as a tribute at one entrance). (Malinta means many leeches.)
    And again by one of the 12" guns that can put a 1000 lb. shell 17 miles down range. Japanese hid in their hand-dug caves (you've seen the famous flame throwers in action on them.)
    Then the "disappearing gun" another 12-incher that, through a counterweight system, after firing would rock down and hide from the enemy. That's a 500 lb. bomb crater from our guys during the retaking during Feb 16-26, 1945.
    Tuesday was one of the most moving days of my life....second only to today...my visit to Lingayen Gulf, site of my father's wounding. More to come.

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      Manila Bay is a wonderful place with so many eye-catching sights. Also Corregidor Island is another wonderful place so charming and so attractive. By reading your blog, I'm feeling this urge to go and check out this place. Good to read the stuff.

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