Bombs destroyed or damaged the hospital, antiaircraft batteries,
Topside and Middleside Barracks, the Navy fuel depot, and the
officers club. Smoke cast a black pall over the island as numerous
wooden buildings caught fire. Power, water, and communication lines
were disrupted. Total casualties on Corregidor mounted to 20 killed
and 80 wounded.
After the Japanese bombing
ended, the 4th Marines was assembled in front of the barracks to
ascertain casualties. As the men stood in formation, someone dragged
a sea bag down the stairs of the barracks, which made a noise like
falling bombs. Instantly, the men broke and ran "pell mell back into
the safe barracks" only to reemerge laughing once the origin of the
sound was determined.
Austin C.Shofner Papers,
Personal Papers Collection, MCHC