© 1999 Edward Michaud
This is a rather
disturbing story, but deserves to be told for obvious reasons. Supposedly, Sons and
Grandsons of Philippine Scouts who were lost on the island having been visiting the
fortifications for the past few years and most of them, along with their friends, have
been noticed frequenting the tail-end of the island. These people may not be relatives of
the lost veterans at all, but just plain fortune hunters claiming to have relatives buried
at the old Philippine Scout burial ground as well as some of the Japanese memorials.
Reportedly, this general area is close to the old location of the one-time air strip.
As the story goes, two twelve-pound gold ingots were
supposedly stashed inside one of these graves or thereabouts during the siege in 1942. The
author did not check this particular story out on the ground due to its rather sensitive
nature, but cannot see any validation to the old claim.