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Japanese troops march through Malinta, with arms shouldered, whilst surrendered troops stand by attempting to come to terms with the unthinkable.


The landing attack against Corregidor was made by superior number of Japanese all of whom were veterans of many Malayan landing operations. It was supported by overwhelming artillery fire and aerial bombardment. The troops of the garrison were in half starved, mentally and physically exhausted condition. It was their first action in close ground combat. Even under these conditions the resistance offered was gratifyingly obstinate and was indicative of the splendid leadership and fortitude throughout all ranks of the defenders.

The Japanese had been forced to defeat a field army to spend five months softening the defenses of the fortified islands, and to make a costly landing in Corregidor, in order to capture a few outmoded seacoast batteries. These batteries had denied the entrance to Manila Bay to the enemy throughout this period and thus had prevented him from completing and exploiting, to the fullest extent, his conquest of the Philippines.


George F. Moore
Major General, U.S. Army Formerly Commanding
the Philippine Coast Artillery Command
and the Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays

Fort Monroe, Virginia
15 December 1945


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This photograph of the lowering of the Corregidor garrison flag was widely distributed as Japanese propaganda.  It was stage was staged solely for the camera. Unfortunately, less than careful scholarship has seen the resulting film clip enter into the public domain as an actual occurrence.  Col. Paul Bunker commanded a work detail which retrieved and burned the garrison flag prior to the surrender. A member of that work detail, Val Gavito, has written an exclusive article for The Corregidor Historic Society about the true circumstances of the lowering of the American flag over Corregidor on 6 May 1942. See Article