On 2 May, a 240mm shell exploded the magazines of Battery Geary,
causing massive casualties to the Army crews manning the guns. A
Marine rescue party ran to assist in clearing the casualties from
the resulting fires. Major Francis H. Williams and Captain Austin C.
Shofner were the first two Marines into the battery and both were
seriously burned about the hands, face, and ankles in rescuing
survivors from the blaze. Both officers refused to be evacuated.
On 29 April the 61st
Infantry Regiment of the 4th Imperial Japanese Army Division
was selected to be the first force to be landed on Corregidor.
Supporting the infantry were elements of the 23d Independent
Engineer Battalion and the 1st Battalion of the 4th
Engineer Regiment. Once on shore, elements of the 1st
Company, Independent Mortar Battalion, the 51st Mountain Gun
Regiment, and the 3d Mortar Battalion would provide
Infantry and attached units, titled Left Flank Force, was
to land on the tail of Corregidor on the evening of 5 May This
2,400-man landing force would seize Kindley Field and then capture
Malinta Hill. The following night a second reinforced regiment of
the 4th Infantry Division would land on Morrison and Battery
Points. The two forces would then join for the capture of Topside.
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