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SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 1945 IS DAY 2 OF THE CORREGIDOR OPERATION, D+1.

PERIODIC REPORT NO. 2, S-3 JOURNAL, HHQ JOURNAL,  D, E & F CO HISTORIES

TIME LOCALITY UNIT OCCURRENCE, INCIDENT, OR MESSAGE ACTION
         
   

F Co

During the night, the Japanese have reoccupied positions lost the previous day, particularly in the AA Batteries (Btry Boston) and Btry Wheeler. All these must be retaken. There's a lot of shooting at the F Co CP (28-D) and Hill is wounded twice in the arm by a LMG being fired from down below "B" Field. A .50 cal is installed on the verandah. When mortars force the Japanese to abandon their cover in the AA Btrys, the .50 cal is used against them.

 
   

462d

Third Plt., F Co is assigned to retake Btry Wheeler. Lt. Calhoun seeks a dive bombing, but this is declined.  Instead a 75mm pack howitzer is moved to the verandah of 28-D. Prettyman is killed attempting to clear its line of fire, but the cement banister is too high and prevents the barrel from being depressed enough to fire effectively to support the attack upon the Btry. 

 
 

Cheney Ravine

F Co

S/Sgt  Leonard R. Ledoux is rescued, but later succumbs to his wounds.

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Road to Topside

3d Bn
34th Inf.

a single unarmed M-7 bluffs the road from Bottomside to Topside to deliver emergency supplies of blood plasma, medical supplies and water. On its return journeys, it commences the evacuation of casualties.  

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0800 -1600

James Ravine

E Co

E Company's first descent into James Ravine proceeds down the east side of the ravine and walks directly into a trap sprung by Japanese MG's dug in along the west side of the ravine. The advance is pinned down, and a fighting withdrawal has to be made. 

Segobia, Redding, Redfield KIA

Refer to "THE OPERATION OF COMPANY E, 503D PARACHUTE REGIMENT AT WHEELER POINT ON 23 FEBRUARY 1945"

 

1130

Btry Wheeler

F Co.

Lt. William G Campbell killed taking a second glance at  Btry Wheeler during  the attack by 3d Pltn against Btry Wheeler. Almost simultaneously,  2d Lt. Dorval Binegar (Regimental HQ Co.) is KIA nearby.  F Co is now down to only three officers.

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1200
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Btry Wheeler

D Co

Sgt. Shropshire withdraws prematurely from the attack upon the Btry .  Calhoun is sent to assess the situation and to await order whether or not to attack that afternoon.

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1539

Btry Wheeler

D Co

 At 1539, Lt. Gifford arrives, and orders an arty barrage. It is ineffective, so they utilize mortar, MG and rifle fire in retaking the battery.

 
  What "appears" to be an explosion at Battery Wheeler. view

1600

Btry Wheeler

D Co

The parapet and gun deck of Btry Wheeler is taken against light opposition as the Japanese have withdrawn to the magazine and shell rooms below. (The Japanese will reoccupy the Btry again when D Co withdraws into their night positions.)

 

1739

Btry Wheeler

F Co

Night position in a ditch adjacent to one of the rear of the Btry Boston AA revetment, watching a draw at the head of Crockett Ravine and 28D.  Dan Lee fires a .50 cal at Btry Wheeler "pretty much all night."

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Calhoun's Diary entry

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NIGHT OF 17/18 FEBRUARY

TIME LOCALITY UNIT OCCURRENCE, INCIDENT, OR MESSAGE ACTION
         

2200

Btry Wheeler   After some smoke is seen, a 100 ft. sheet of flame erupts from Btry Wheeler.  The following morning the battery still has internal fires, and approx 40 Japanese bodies can be counted in the vicinity. ref.