This past trip to
Corregidor (January 11th to 16th) was quite unusual but very interesting for me.
Along with others, I went there to meet a 503rd Paratrooper (Richard Adams) who
jumped on Topside in 1945. This was his first trip back to Corregidor since the
war. He was an amazing guy and at the age of 88, had no problems getting
anywhere he wanted. This included the top of Malinta Hill. A film crew also
accompanied us for a couple days. They are creating a documentary about
Corregidor Island. I am sure Karl will provide a detailed report so I’ll just
post a few photos.
On arrival they decided
to take the ‘regular’ day tour to get a feel for the island today. An exception
was at the 503rd PRCT Memorial at the Topside Parade Ground where there was a
wreath laying ceremony.
Paratrooper Richard Adams. His daughter, active duty USAF, is in
Paratrooper Richard Adams
presents a wreath at the 503d PRCT Memorial. The ceremony was arranged by Steve
Kwiecinski and the Corregidor Foundation, with the co-operation of Sun Cruises.
Father and daughter viewing plaques on the memorial. The plaques list the names
of all the 503d KIA's on Corregidor.
Paul Whitman, Peter Parsons and Lucky Guillermo are producing a
documentary on the 503d PRCT on Corregidor, and Peter Parsons organised a film
crew to cover the visit. Here they are at the Pacific War Memorial
In the museum, Richard got a little surprise. There was a photo of him along
with other troopers watching MacArthur the day he came back to raise the flag.
Holding the photo.
Close-up of the photo. Arrow points to Richard Adams.
Walking to the water tanks east of the Topside lighthouse. He
spent the first two nights on Corregidor sleeping on the ground between them.
A tribute to Richard
Mr. Adams, his wife and
daughter are some of the nicest people you could ever meet. Hopefully we will
meet them again on Corregidor.
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