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corregidor 
the treasure island of wwii

Edward Michaud 1999


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AUTHOR'S DISCLAIMER: The history of Corregidor has many facets, and one of them has been its use as the transit point for the evacuation of the Philippine Treasury and U.S. funds in the face of the invading Japanese Army.   Ever since, when the lamps have been lit and the beer chilled, there have been tales of magnificent treasures that could not be evacuated in time and had to be buried, or dumped - and never recovered.   Some are true.  Most are not.  Stories always get better as the memories get worse. 

As a collector of rumors I have run to ground many of these tall tales over the years. The "real" treasures have long ago been located and disposed of.  As a professional salvage diver I have visited the wrecks off Corregidor's coast and have recovered silver pesos sufficient  to pay only my trip expenses.  On Corregidor itself, I have found the real treasure of the island - it is a place of quiet and violent history that calls me back to enjoy its charm.  The following article was originally penned in 1989, one year after I had visited the Rock.  It was accurate then, but it has remained unpublished until this time, and the opportunities of which it spoke are no longer available to us today.  Times have changed, and what was once there is no longer - except echoes of Corregidor's history. 

After a little editing it was decided to submit this work to "Corregidor: Then and Now" for the purpose of adding a bit of ‘accuracy’ to an aspect of the island’s history that, for the most part, has been plagued by liars, thieves and grafters.  Perhaps the following accounts can help fill in some real history and at the same time provide a bit of informed story telling.

Corregidor Island was indeed at one time a temporary depository of fabulous wealth, but those days are long gone and the reader should enjoy the following stories for what they are – STORIES.  The author can be contacted by Veterans and persons with first person experience via his site at Trident Productions for donations of stories of what once was, but won't tolerate time wasters and space cadets who believe their fortune is but a shovel or a rented scuba tank away.

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THE ONLY PRECIOUS METALS ON CORREGIDOR ARE THE GUNS...........................................................THE ONLY TREASURE IS THE ISLAND ITSELF
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THERE  IS NO MORE BURIED TREASURE ON OR NEAR CORREGIDOR.

The contents of this page are copyright because the author and publishers want to ensure that no part of these articles should be reproduced  without the full text of a disclaimer. Many a historic site is despoiled due to comments or extracts which are printed out of context.  Whilst we desire to ensure historical accuracy, we make no apologies for changing certain pertinent information contained herein.

Don't bother asking which ones, we love Corregidor too much to tell you.  

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