[with commentary by Bill Calhoun]

 

Army Regulations required that each and every day, even during Combat operations, reports must issue from each infantry company, artillery battery and all other basic units, to higher headquarters.  Though not always accurate, they were at least supposed to  be contemporaneous.

The E Co Journal was written by E Co's XO, Lt. Don Abbott, and again rewritten by Abbott  on orders of Lt. Hill.  The difference, Abbott later commented, was to make any reference to Lt. Hill more satisfactory to Lt. Hill.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

9 February 1945

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

15 February 1945

 

  The Company has all been briefed for the mission. We have the honor of jumping and recapturing Corregidor. General McArthur has sent his blessings and wishes us Gods speed.

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

16 February 1945

 

0930

The company entrucked for San Jose airstrip.

 

1120

The Battalion is enplaning.

 

1130

All planes are taking off. Only half are taking off from San Jose strip. The other half is taking off from Hill strip.

 

1230

The plane loads began jumping. We are making three passes because the field is very short and the wind velocity is high. This jump area is undoubtedly the roughest any parachute unit has ever jumped on. There is a cliff at one end, shell holes, rubble, half cut-off trees in between and at the other end is a three story barracks building. Another unusual factor is that our planes were fired upon by light Ack, Ack while they were making their passes. The men on the way down were under small arms fire from over the cliff and knee mortar fire was being lain on the jump field.

   

The platoons have organized and are now in their positions. The Company C.P. has been set up in the partially ruined barracks once occupied by the 59th C.A. The third platoon moved out with the mission of seizing the hospital. A patrol out of the first platoon went back to the drop area to bring in Rabinko and Pace who were pinned down by M.G. fire.

  1415

The American flag was raised. Five men are MIA after the jump. One Off. and 21 Em were WIA or LIA

     

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

17 February 1945

 

 
 

Our platoons are pulling light patrols. S/Sgt Ledoux, formerly MIA, was killed this morning by sniper fire while a patrol from 'F' Co. was attempting to get him to the aid station after being wounded on the jump. Four men are still missing in Action: S/Sgt Gulsvick, Pfc's High, Musolino and Rovolis. Resupply has been coming in all day.

   

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

18 February 1945

 

 

0900

The first platoon with one squad from the third platoon, an Engr. demolition section and a section of LMG's moved out to capture the water point in James Ravine.

 

 

1100

Heavy resistance was met as they approached the main water point. Three of the first platoon were KIA (Segobia, Redding and Redfield) and three men WIA. This position required air and naval fire so we withdrew to high ground. RCT reports 930 nips KIA.

 

     

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

19 February 1945

 

0700

Two Nips KIA as they were approaching the mortar platoon position. Lt Whitson and six men were sent to the water point to investigate the damage done to the underground barracks in James Ravine. P-47's dive bombed the position with 500# bombs and they returned with Napalm bombs. The patrol reported heavy damage to the barracks either as a result of the bombing or demolition by the Nips. One prisoner was captured and brought in for questioning.

   

 

 

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

20 February 1945

 

 
 

Last night was very quiet, no enemy movement. 7 Nips KIA today. The water point was occupied by the 1st and 3rd platoons. The Engr. platoon has closed up 18 tunnels and cave entrances. The insignia taken from the Nip bodies show they are the elite of the Jap armed forces or Imperial Marines. They have all been well armed, well fed and they are excellent shots.

 

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

21 February 1945

 

 
0800

 The Company, with LMG platoon and Engr. platoon attached, started on patrol along James Ravine to the beach and along the water to Cape Corregidor. Engr's. closed 2 caves and company killed 16 Nips. PFC. Culpepper WIA by grenade fragments. Before we moved along the beach a destroyer laid fire along the high ground overlooking the beach. On the way back from Cape Corregidor, along the road net, we found many vehicles disbursed by the Japs. There were vehicles of all description: trucks, sedans, motorcycles, the Jap version of the Jeep, etc. and all were very well camouflaged. Most were in good condition.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

22 February 1945

 

 
 

Light patrol work between Morrison Point and Rock Point. Area is fairly clear, 6 Nips KIA. Lt Whitson and Pfc. Dvorsack LIA by a grenade concussion. The first platoon, which was very short of men has been split up between the second and third platoons.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

23 February 1945

 

 
0800

The Company is leaving to take over "B" Co's area and patrol between Searchlight and Wheeler Points. When the company reached Searchlight Point the third platoon was sent down to the beach while the second platoon stayed on the road. While advancing on unnamed point the second platoon killed about three or four Nips hidden under some vehicles along the road. The third platoon began to advance to unnamed point and ran into a cave at water level. They killed 37 Japs and had no casualties. Pvt. Robinson was killed on the Point by a sniper. The second platoon advanced on Wheeler Point along the road to the tunnel entrance. While just a short distance from the entrance they came under fire. White phosphorus grenades were thrown into the entrance and a large number of Nips ran out so we could mow them down, Then snipers began to fire at us from small tunnels on the three different sides. Our ammunition was running low so we had to withdraw. Pvt. Jandro and Second Lt. Ball were KIA. Pfc. Brown was seriously WIA. We estimate the Company killed between one hundred and a hundred and twenty Japs.

 

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

24 February 1945

 

 
 

The Company is remaining on the perimeter today to rest up and get all its ammunition resupplied.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

25 February 1945

 

 

 

One patrol from the third platoon worked the area of James Ravine. No enemy activity. Several Nips have been spotted trying to escape to Bataan by swimming. PT boats and planes have been getting most of them.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

26 February 1945

 

 
 

Three short patrols today. The second platoon returned to Unnamed Point to pick up the body of Pfc. Robinson. The third platoon patrolled the area in and around Morrison Point and captured one Nip.

Pfc. Brown died of wounds received in action on the 23rd.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

27 February 1945

 

 

The third platoon patrolling Morrison Point found a small cave occupied by the Japs. 7 Japs KIA. The Engr. section was called to blow up the entrance. On approaching the entrance again, a sniper in the cave shot Pfc. Edwards through the shoulder. Pfc. Edwards died shortly after being brought to the hospital.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

28 February 1945

 

 
 

The platoons made short local patrols.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

1 March 1945

 

 
 

No patrol activity today.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

2 March 1945

 

 
0900

General McArthur, Admiral Nimitz and many high ranking staff officers came to inspect the island. The General seemed very well pleased with our actions. We furnished one squad for guard of honor.

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

3 March 1945

 

 
0900

No patrolling

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

4 March 1945

 

 
 

No patrolling

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

5 March 1945

 

 
 

 No patrolling today

 

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

6 March 1945

 

 
 

A large Ammo dump approximately 100 yards from the Company C.P. caught fire. The C.P. was moved to a safe position. The dump exploded but caused no casualties.

 

2d Bn "E" Company Journal

7 March 1945

 

 
 

Presentation of awards took place. Lt. Hill was presented the Silver Star and Pvt. Jandro the Silver Star posthumously. Pfc. Cubbage and 1st Lt Corder were awarded the Bronze Star.

Preparations are being made to move back to Mindoro.

 

 

 

These entries were extracted from the Journal, now available as a pdf file.

 

 

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