"I'M LOOKING FOR. . ."
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Wayman Ferris Champney, Age 28,
Frank Kinsman is searching for anyone with information about his uncle (pictured). He's particularly interested in ascertaining the Company in which his uncle fought on Corregidor. He writes:
I am the god daughter and great niece of Lawson Caskey. He was with the 503rd, I believe he was in 2nd Battalion, Comp. "D". Important to me that this information get to someone who knows who he was.
Yes, all of the people on this list know Lawson Caskey was the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion 503rd Parachute Regiment and led us on the recapture of Corregidor Island in February 1945.
I don't believe he was ever assigned to "D" Company.
I believe Lawson was assigned as CO of the Second Battalion as a replacement for LTC John W. Britton who moved up to Assistant Regimental Commander.
It is a happy surprise to hear from someone who knew of Caskey in civilian life. Are there specific questions you wished to have answered?
I don't have your message but offer the following that may help. Abbott's reply is correct-Caskey was never a member of "D" Company. Abbott should know, he was in the company when it was designated "D" Company 503 in 1942. I personally know that to be the case. Edward T. Flash was a longtime close personal friend of Caskey's. You can write him at 9300 Eaglecrest, San Antonio TX 78239. His adjutant Thomas P. McNerney, 1871 Freedom Dr., Melbourne FL 32840. Caskey was the regimental communications officer [CPT] in 1943 and was 2/503 executive officer [MAJ] later in 1944 and 2/503 commander [Mindoro and Corregidor]
I was in "F" Co, 2nd Battalion and knew Lawson quite well. John was in "E" Company and then "D" Company. Don was in in "D" Company and then "E" Company. (Now if you contact Tom McNerney, our esteemed 2nd Bn. Adjutant, you will complete the circle). Ed Flash was in "F" Co with me. Lawson was a fine gentleman and a serious and capable officer and I enjoyed serving under him. He was rather quiet, but he expressed himself in no uncertain terms when the need arose. I am thinking of one particular incident which happened while we were living in the luxury of pyramidal tents on Noemfoor. That is after the action was well over. The officers' mess was in the end of the large kitchen tent. A new officer arrived as we ate and immediately began a loud dissertation using some of the foulest and obscene language possible. Major Caskey immediately called him down and ordered him to leave the mess and not come back until he could uses proper English.
Ed Flash remained in the Regular Army, as did John, after WWII. He knew Lawson and the lady he married. He would be well to talk to. I will tell him about your interest. You have been given his name, address, and telephone number. He has no computer.
Roscoe Corder, "E" Co, remained on active duty for a time, and I believe he would be an interesting source of information, but he has no computer, but his address is 1703, Ruella Lane, Pasadena, TX, (713)472-****
I believe they gave you Tom's address. He has no computer. Over the years he and I have talked of Lawson often.
If I can be of any further assistance, please, tell me.
My father, Harry N. Love, served with the 503rd during WW II. I would like to find information about his experiences, awards, and would like to contact any of his 'buddies'
Col.(Ret) Tommy L. Love
My father, Charles J. Hartis "Charlie" was a Staff Sgt. with Co. "I", 3rd Batt. who served with the 503rd RCT in the Pacific. He was from Monroe, or Charlotte, NC. Joined the Army at age 17. He was very proud of his service and very proud of the paratroopers. He often talked about Corregidor and the other campaigns. I am in possession of his maps, journal, etc. Is there anyone who is still around that served in Co. "I" 3rd Bat. with my father? I deeply respect and commend all those who served with the 503rd.
Rosemary Hartis Rentz
Would like to hear from anyone who served with or has knowledge of my brother 2/Lt Robert Allen 462 Prcht FA Bn, KIA on 16 Feb '45 in the Corregidor assault.
I did not know Robert Allen, but I do know he was in "D" Battery. 4652nd Parachute Filed Artillery, and I have heard Charlie Horton speak of his death several times. Charlie's address is: (address supplied) D Battery commander was 1LT Daniel J. Doherty, address: (address supplied). I hope this helps out
Proud I'm allowed,
My grandfather was in the 503rd. I believe he was in the regiment from the start. Sorry to say I did not know him very well as he seemed to "change after the war" as my grand mother used to say. "He went into the war one person and came out another" she also used to say a lot. I don't know much about what happened to him or his unit but any information would be much appreciated. His name was Hubert Dawson but he went by Bud or Buddy. If anyone might have any information I would sincerely be thankful. I still have all his medals and photos. Sorry to say he died in the parking lot of the VA hospital in Dallas about 16 years ago. Thank-You,
I cannot tell you a lot, but I knew him. I was the platoon leader of "F" Company. He was in the 2nd platoon whose leader was 1Lt. Edward T. Flash: (address supplied). I believe he was in the 1st squad whose leader was S/Sgt Donald White. In the website "Night of a Thousand Hours" two squads of the 2nd platoon were with me, and he shared that horrible night. In fact his squad was one under particular heavy attack. White was killed. I believe Guy Lary and Tony Lopez were in that squad. Lopez, along with Flash had been wounded and missed the action. Guy's address is (address supplied). Tony Lopez lives at (address supplied). I believe the other members of his squad were: Sgt. William F. Cox, Pfc's Ralph J. Bright, Allen J. Martin, Charles A. Morrison, James R. Pause, and Pvt. James T. Stoker. I do not know if all these l were present that night. don't know who is still alive, or any particulars of the others whose addresses are not given. Flash, Lopez, and Lary might. They are in good health and the best guys on earth like all our 503rd brothers.Hope this helps you. I help any way I can.
Proud I'm allowed
BASIL B. MOSS
Pfc PAUL SAUL
I found your info on your website regarding the 503rd in Corregidor. Paul Saul was my uncle, my father's older brother. I have been trying to research info on his service during WWII as he was a KIA in Corregidor. Thru a paid website (ancestry.com) I learned that he was part of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (stationed at Fort McKinley) which led me to your website, his DOD was 2/26/1945. It appears that you already know as much as I have learned. Do you have any info, etc. on their platoon or any further info on him? Your website is wonderful and very informative for the descendents of these heroes. I appreciate your help.
Paul Saul was one of the men killed at Monkey Point, and the story of his last patrol and death is related by Harold Lout in his "Recollections". There are other references to the explosion at Monkey Point elsewhere in the website. We are preparing an article on that day, "26 Feb 1945 - Day of Tears". As he was "A" Company, you can trace his war back through the history of the 503d through any references to Company "A". If you want anything placed on the website, there is a special page for those who were KIA Corregidor - every trooper KIA Corregidor has a page where what is known about him can be published. If you scan any wartime photo of him, by all means send it to us. There's no charge.
BLAINE C. GALLIMORE
I am the son of a 503rd warrior who is now deceased (1982). I'm proud to say that I'm the son of Staff Sergeant Blaine C. Gallimore who jumped on Corregidor and fought in the Negros and Philippines (I've believe I've seen some documented evidence of this years ago). When my dad was alive, he seldom spoke of his past war experiences (which I understand that I'm now much older). Because of my longtime interest, it was on a hunch that I found your website, and for that, I wish to commend and thank all of those who organized and contribute to it.
All I can tell you about my dad is this. I believe I recall that he was in Company G, but I'm not real certain. I've seen several of his artifacts including his 'The Rock' patch. My mother recently gave me his Purple Heart. Because of my interest, my mother is now searching for other items of his 503rd past.
With your assistance, I would be interested to find any information specific to my father. Perhaps you could suggest some private or Government websites to search. His service in the 503rd has always been a great source of pride for me since I was a kid. Now that I'm older (50) and able to understand and discover his past, I'm on this adventure as a tribute to him. Any suggestions you could provide would be much appreciated.
503rd RCT Historian
I don't know I am going to help you very much but here are some comments. Your father's name appears a number of times, including our most prestigious mission to retake Corregidor. Your father may have been in G Company but he shows up among the medics. He could logically in the Medical attachment, assigned to G Company. The only Doctor I know of remaining from WW II is Logan W. Hovis, 4604 River Rd., Vienna, WV 26105-11839. Phone (304) 295-XXXX. If I remember correctly he was assigned to the third battalion (where G Company was located.)
VINCENT "PEETSY" STISLOW (SCISLOWICZ) KIA CORREGIDOR
As I search these web sites, I look for anyone who may remember my Great-uncle ("Peetsy") Vincent Stislow (Scislowicz) (KIA Corregidor).
Uncle Peetsy rests with his parents (my great grandparents) in Hastings, PA where he was born. (He never knew his father, a Polish immigrant, as he was killed in a coal mine a few months before Vince was born). I think of him often although my family lost him 13 yrs before I was born. I have pictures of him and wonder what he may have become. Conversations about Peetsy are rare, but when they do come up, I am| usually nearby as mom's relatives always comment how I look and remind them of Peetsy. I guess there is a resemblance.
If anyone from I Company remembers him, feel free to get hold of me. We have conflicting stories of his death. THE telegram from the Army said he was machine gunned while landing at Monkey Point. One other person I spoke with said he knew him and they were down off the point when they were mortared. Peetsy was killed on 18 Feb., the jump was 16Feb. Correct? I assume he was alive at least one day on The Rock.
Dominic, I have sent your enquiry along to half a dozen of the troopers who have e-mail. We don't have many Troopers from "I" Company in our e-mail 'Ring', unfortunately. The part of the story "while landing at Monkey Point" is not likely to be correct. There was no 'landing' there. Monkey Pt. had not been reached by the 18th. 50 men were killed at Monkey Pt. but that was some days later.
JAMES L. FETGATTER
I am seeking information on James L. Fetgatter. He was in the 503rd. I don't know much else about his service. He was from Illinois, and was a machine gunner I think. He was my father-in-law and never talked about his service. My daughters are asking questions about their Grandpa that we cannot answer about where he served and the like. His wife gave me a map he used during the jump on Corregidor. Anything you could tell me would be greatly appreciated.
Sergeant James L. Fetgatter is listed as having jumped on Corregidor on 16 Feb 45. He was assigned to HQ & HQ Co., Third Bn., 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. If Sgt Fetgatter was with the 503rd from the time the unit went over seas and was with it all they way through, WW II he would have experienced the operations mentioned in the web page as a "Condensed History of the 503rd"
Don Ziler is one person who was in the HQ & HQ Co, 3rd Bn. He has an E-Mail address of ...
LEONARD G. CHAMBER
Dear Susie & Doug Rodzon
Doug, your Grandfather was in “H” Company 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.
book published soon after the end of WW II had him listed as T-Sgt
Chamber, Leonard G. This book
was “Return to
The fact his name was in this book indicates he took place in the recapture of the Island of Corregidor, Philippines, one of the most important operations in WW II. The 503rd was awarded the US Presidential Unit Citation and the Philippine Unit Citation for this mission.
It is not surprising to see a Non Com being transferred from one Company to another, particularly if it is in the same Battalion as this was.
are in luck in that one of the officers of “H” Company, has a good record
and memory of the people in that Company. He
is Jim Mullaney at <email@example.com.
He lives in
may be able to get some information on Sgt. Chambers by writing to the
Good luck with your research on your Grandfather.
My father was in the 503rd company D. His name was Blaine Ward. I would like to find out more information regarding the 503rd. I have his metals and I am not sure what they mean. I also have a picture of the company before they left the states in 1942( I am not sure of the year). I have his Discharge Certificate which states that he departed for the Asiatic Pacific Theater on Oct 20, 1942 and returned to the states on Oct 1, 1945. He was private first class. Would it help if I gave you his dog tag number? It is 19080064 7440A. I would appreciate someone from the company contacting me.
This enquiry was of particular interest, because a search of the alphabetic database roster initially did not locate Blaine Ward. The roster, which was compiled by Don Abbott from several separate lists published in the Harold Templeman book "The Return To Corregidor" unfortunately contains a number of errors - Templeman's errors, not Abbott's. There is good reason to believe that the lists furnished to Templeman were incomplete and contained several errors and that the errors weren't attributable to Templeman himself.
lists Pfc Binion L. Harrison, the assistant squad leader of my 3rd squad
who mysteriously suffered a severe burn to his arm late the night of the
15th. A court of inquiry was threatened but never materialized. 1st
Sgt Baldwin, S/Sgt Charles McCurry, Pfc Bill McDonald, Pfc Perry Bandt, and
Pfc Ralph Iverson are listed on both rosters as jumpers, but did not jump
on Corregidor. Their plane developed engine trouble, began losing
altitude, and was forced to drop out of the airlift. They jumped to
safety and arrived on Corregidor by boat, and rejoined the Co., much to
our relief. Pfc Theodore Yokum and Pfc Paul Narrow are listed in Return
To Corregidor as jumpers were also in this plane. 1st Lt
Wm. E. LaVanchure, T/Sgt Phillip Todd, T/Sgt Joseph Shropshire ( he is
listed but as a private), Pfc (Assistant squad leader) Wright, Pfc James,
Bradley, and Pvt George Pierce are not listed, but jumped. Wright was a
study may reveal other errors.
looking at Return to Corregidor, G Co is screwed up. Their dead are not
listed: 1Lt Gordon English, S/Sgt James Reed, Sgt John Holmes, Pvt Rocco
Difilipo, and Pvt Cecil Douglas. Their roster shows 110 jumping.
I have not gone over this closely, but I know the records are not complete. I know some have disputed them, even claiming many more fatalities than actually happened. We should be careful, though, in dismissing a man as a jumper because the rosters do not list him.
Calhoun & Paul Whitman
Dear Katie Gavin !
Your email got to me and I have some information that might be useful to you. I would like to say at the outset that I am only too pleased to reply to any questions you might have. Your father's long service in the Pacific with D Company deserves our attention to it even more. I don't know if Colonel Calhoun can be of too much help since he was with another company [F] but I'll send a copy of this to him. His address is in the cc line. The material I present here is from documents I have gathered over the years about D Company during WWII.
Your father was indeed a member of D Company for a long time from Australia until the final battle for Negros Island in the Philippines. He was a rifleman in the first squad, second platoon. I didn't know your father; I was in another platoon [mortar platoon]. On 2 December 1942 the company disembarked from the troopship, Poleau Laut, [a converted Dutch merchantman] at Cairns, Australia and three years later the company was disbanded. after the Japanese defeat.
I do not show him on my Corregidor roster and that puzzled me. I looked through my morning report files and found what I think may solve the problem. The morning report is a document prepared daily by the company showing all personnel changes and absences; personnel joining, AWOL's, hospitalization, deaths, woundings, promotions, etc.
He was definitely on Mindoro as the 10 January 1945 morning report shows him being promoted to PFC. A more telling entry however, may explain how he missed Corregidor, he was admitted to the hospital on 2 February. What he was admitted for is not shown. I have found his name on orders awarding him the Combat Infantryman's Badge [for Nadzab]. I found him on shipping lists to Noemfoor and Mindoro. I am nearly certain he was present for duty for the surrender as the medical records show he suffered a fractured foot on 26 July 1945, three weeks before the August 15 surrender.
If you will send me your address I will send copies of any pertinent documents, I have, pertaining to your father and the history of his company. While all of these papers give you an idea of the company's war in the Pacific the best way to get a more personal view would be contact Company D survivors whose addresses are known. I will get those to you at a later date. One 2nd platoon NCO you might try is Harry Drews, 1218 Cedar Lane, Mount Carmel, IL 62803  XXX XXXX. I hope this may be of some help.
Subject: John Leshinski 503rd 4th Platoon D Co.
John Leshinski was my Great Uncle, my Grandfather Dan Leshinskie's brother. I'm looking for any one who might remember him. I believe John L. Lindgren was in charge of this platoon. Any information would be greatly appreciated; a picture would be wonderful. I do know that he was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery and some other medals of which I am not sure. My Grandfather said that the Government was supposed to send these medals to his mother after his death but she never received them. Can I get these medals reissued? Can anyone tell me how? Thank you for any and all information.
3794 Dartmouth Street
Hamburg, NY 14075
Dear Tracy Weiler
I was the platoon leader of the 4th platoon [ also called the mortar platoon] when John Leshinski lost his life in the early morning of February 19, 1945 at Wheeler Point on Corregidor. I joined D Company in August 1945 after serving with E Company 503rd for ten months. I knew him quite well. I hadn't been with the platoon as long as he, or most of the other men but I did get to know the people in the platoon. There are three men who were in the platoon and survived that terrible night and have addresses for:  Joseph Gouvin, 35 Pequot Trail, Pawcatuck, CT 06379 - 1435. The ranking NCO he took over from Staff Sergeant Robert Wenditz who was killed that night. I was wounded that night and evacuated so he took over my job as well. Nicholas D. Valvannis, 200 Spring St., ENRVA Building 2, Room 357, Bedford, MA 01730. Nick was badly wounded the same night and is now in a VA facility.  Cletus A. Wesselman, 14060 Essex Court, Apple Valley MN 55124  XXXX XXXX. his email address': firstname.lastname@example.org. Gus was wounded that night. All these people had been in the platoon for well over a year and knew him much better than I did. I don't know what documents you have but if you want to apply for the medals you must send a copy of his discharge with the request. Are you his closest relative? If you are you can request the medals be issued you. If you don't have his discharge you must request it and after you have it then you can request the medals. All of this takes a long time and you must start as soon as you can. You are right in saying that the medals and discharge papers should have been sent to his mother. The address you should write to about these matters is National Personnel; Records Center, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis MO 63132 -5100. Telephone  538 426 Fax  538 4175.
I have much much more to say to you and other things to send to you. I have a picture of J.L. and one of our platoon taken on the company street when I first got to the company. We looked very smart, all dressed up in our khakis and polished jump boots before going on parade to honor some D Company men who had won medals; all of them had been killed earning them. One man, Sergeant Eubanks would get the Medal of Honor. It was the first and last 503 parade I would ever be in. I will get some copies made and get them to you. I want to send you the company war diary that tells, among other things, the battle we had the night he died. I want to send a story of a night I spent at Wheeler Point fifty years later. I have a roster of the men in D Company who fought on Corregidor that may be of interest to you. I wish you luck in your quest. Do not hesitate to ask me about anything you need and I will do my best to help you. I think often of that night and of the young men who died there.
ULISS "WHITEY" THACKER
My name is Tracy (Thacker) Hyatt. I live in Martinsburg WV. My father Uliss Thacker served with some of you fine gentleman in the 503rd. I am sad to report to you that he passed away Oct. 18, 1992 due to his heart.
My siblings know very little about the time he spent in service for he spoke very little about it other than to tell us that he was quite a brawler. Obviously this was very difficult for him to discuss. I know that he received several accomodations but am not sure of all of them. He had told us that after he left the service that his mother threw out his gear that he returned home with including his uniform..We now think that he disposed of them himself because of the memories that it held were hard for him to face.
I would be most appreciative of any information you could give me. I do believe he went by the nickname Whitey. My family is now in the process of trying to have his medals reissued for future generations to see. Thank you so much for serving our country.
If anyone would happen to remember my dad I would love to hear from you.
ROBERT G. CARSON
Alva S. Wheaton (RA 20341537) - Bill Wheaton
To: Mr. John Reynolds; Mr. Ray Scofield; Mr. Dick Wynn; Mr. Don Abbott
March 24, 2001
My name is William M. Wheaton (Bill), my father was Alva S. Wheaton (RA 20341537), hometown Darlington, Maryland. Dad was a member of the 503rd PIR/503rd RCT during WWII, and was with the 3rd BN, I Co. I'm looking for people who knew Dad during those years and got your e-mail addresses from Mr. Don Abbott. I hope to discover more about the young man who was to later become my father, and the experiences that helped mould him into the man he was.
For some reason that I can not explain in early February of this year I developed a very strong need to learn all I can about Dad's WWII experiences. After the war Dad spent a few years as a civilian going to school, he rejoined the Army and served for over 28 years retiring, in 1971 or 72, as an EOD Master Sergeant. Dad died in December 16, 1987, and Mom joined him in April of 1996. Unfortunately I never made a point of exploring this history while Dad was alive. When Dad did talk about WWII, which was not very often, I was too young to understand much about it, and likely did not pay very good attention as I now only have vague memories of any of it. Dad's Asia/Pacific Campaign Ribbon carried three stars and an arrowhead, and from what little I've learned, I think he was with the unit from early on and all the way through WWII.
In this pursuit I discovered the 503rd web site maintained by Paul Whitman which has been very useful in this journey of discovery. (Paul has been very helpful in our e-mail correspondence with putting me on the track to learning more about Corregidor).
I have learned a lot about the 503rd in the last 1 1/2 months, but still have much more to learn. I have acquired books by Belote, Breuer, Flanagan, and Devlin that are helping to give me a better understanding. But I really want to learn more not only about the Corregidor mission, but about the experiences of the 503rd in Australia and New Guinea during WWII.
I had the honor of meeting Mr. Ray Mitchell here in Kingsport Tennessee about four years ago, he had lent me a book, that I can not remember the title of, and shared a copy of the static line with me. I shared what few things I have left of Dad's with him. It was shortly before a 503rd Convention, and he really wanted to borrow the Corregidor map that Dad carried and the Japanese flag that was Dad's, but at the time I just was not willing to let them out of my hands. Meeting Ray Mitchell sparked an interest in learning more, but I failed to follow through at that time. I was sorry to learn from the web site of the death of Mr. Mitchell. He truly loved the 503rd and his relationship with the unit. The only things I have left of Dad's is a color copy of the map (in a moment of weakness I let my youngest sister keep the original, as the baby of the family she was closest to Dad), the Japanese flag (I have been told it is a prayer flag, it's covered with Japanese writing), his Bible, a Soldiers and Sailors prayer book, his Purple Heart from Corregidor, Bronze Star, and some assorted old ribbons (left overs from when he replaced with new ones) His CIB and wings along with his full rack of ribbons were buried with him. I'm trying to rebuild all that now for a display case. He also had a sword at one time but that disappeared in one of their last moves. I know there had to be photos and more, but don't know what ever happened to them.
I have provided a color copy of the map and Dad's diary from the back of it to Paul Whitman for possible use on the web site, and I am working on having it scanned to a CD for Paul the next time I get home to Maryland so he can work with it. The diary started on February 16th and ended on the 20th, I don't know why Dad stopped writing at that time, his Purple Heart indicates he was wounded on the 16th, but he say's nothing about it in the diary. I've attached a copy of the diary, at least as I translated Dad's writing, to this e-mail. I am 50 years old myself now, and have finally awoken to the fact that many of the WWII generation are no longer with us, and in many cases the history of their actions, that helped to give us the freedom we enjoy today, have been lost with them. I hope to help preserve that history by passing it along to my son, and by doing what ever I can to help keep the WWII history of the 503rd alive.
I'm asking for your assistance on this voyage of discovery. Any information, stories, recommended book list, or anything else you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Sounds as if your dad must have done the whole bit from Fort Benning to Fort Bragg to Camp Stoneman to Australia, to Papua, to Australia, back to Papua, on to Hollandia, to Noemfoor, to Leyte, to Mindoro to Corregidor back to Mindoro and lastly for WW II to Negros. And that is just for WWII.
Your dad also had some of the coveted bits of ribbons and hardware. Two items, alone, were quite rare. He would have had a Combat Infantry Badge with two stars on it. He would have had wings with three combat stars. These are things that had to be earned. There probably is not a single general officer who has either of these items.
The three stars for the SW Pacific Ribbon indicate the campaigns he was in. I think they were Papua (Australian New Guinea), Dutch New Guinea (Hollandia and Noemfoor) and the Philippine Campaign. The Arrow Head represented an invasion (Nadzab). We did not get one for Mindoro, believe it or not.
father is Robert (Bob) Weber, and he jumped on Corregidor on February
16th, 1945. He served briefly in A Company, then was in F Company and
Service Company. He now lives in Hesperia, Ca., and would love to hear
from any and all who served with him. He does not have a computer, but I
will be glad to forward any messages to him. We, his children and
grandchildren, would also like to hear any stories any of you have to
tell. Thank you for this fascinating site. I've printed some of it and
sent it along to Dad, and he was really happy to get it. I look forward to
hearing from anyone who remembers my dad.
My father is Duane Larson, a paratrooper killed in action on Corregidor on February 26, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart. I was eleven months old at the time he was killed. My paternal grandmother told me that on the day my father died he volunteered to take the place of a friend who was ill and went out on patrol in his place. My mother found it almost impossible to talk about him and after she remarried she allowed little contact between me and my grandparents.
My father is buried in Niles, Michigan, the small town where he grew up. Is there any way I could find out anyone who might have known him in the service? I would very much like to find someone who knew him and could tell me about him.
I found out about you from members of AWON, the American War Orphans Network. I would appreciate any help you could give me. I am very grateful to you for posting the names of the men of the greatest generation who gave their lives for their country. Thank you!
Your father was a member of Battery A 462nd Parachute Field Artillery. The best way to get information about your father is to contact members of the 503rd Association who were in the same battery. The association directory has the addresses of members. You must realize not all men who survived are members but it is the only way to contact members of his battery who fought on Corregidor. I'll give you some names and telephone numbers of Battery F. veterans who fought on Corregidor who may be able to provide information  Max W. Alberson  555 9328  Irenco Banuelos  555 2096  Harry R. Bass  555 1524  Eugene Bert  555 2842  Emmit Nugier  555 4040  Riley Jackso,  555 3009  Harold Link  555 7736  Kenneth Lyle  555 4436 [ Walter Press  555 1691  Paul Raube  555 9269. Some of these area codes and numbers may be incorrect since our directories are old. [I have changed the telephone numbers for publication for privacy reasons - Ed] I used two of them', 1994 and 1998; the 1998 directory deleted many names because, for example, the veteran failed to pay his dues. At any rate, I hope you will do some good with these 10 names. If you need other information let me know and if you do get some useful information let me know that too. Good Luck!
Paul Whitman has put your letter on E Mail and addressed it to a number 503rd men who participated in the liberation of Corregidor. Unfortunately, I did not know your father but hope I can point you to some of our veterans who might have known him. Your father, Duane Larson, was assigned to Battery A of the 462nd Parachute Field Artillery. The 462nd, along with the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 161s Parachute Engineer Company formed the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team (RCT). Pfc. Duane E. Larson, our records show, was killed on 26 February 1945.
On that date the 503rd RCT lost more men killed or wounded than any other day in the two weeks we were on Corregidor. An underground facility near the "tail" of Corregidor had held a Navy Radio Intercept unit during and before the siege of Corregidor. This was a very important facility and participated in breaking the secret Japanese Code. This was an important factor in the battle of Midway Island which marked the beginning of the end of the Japanese conquest. Between the surrender of the Island on 6 May 1942 and our parachute invasion of the Island on 16 February 1945, the Japanese had stored a large amount of explosives in the tunnel. The 503rd RCT approached the facility on 25 Feb and were in the process of routing the Japanese out of the tunnel on the morning of the 26th. A tank, assigned temporarily to us, was firing into the entrance when a catastrophic explosion shook the Island. The 503rd had more than 50 men killed outright and more than 150 were seriously injured. Your father, undoubtedly, was caught up in this tragedy. At least 15 of the members of the 503rd RCT Association are veterans who served in Battery A. Two of them I know well and suggest you contact them to see if they knew your father. They are: Tut Elmont, P.O. Box 65, Basalt, CO 81621 (970) 555-3912; Kenneth G. Lyle, 1944 Detwiler Rd. Box 72 Cedars, PA 19423 (610) 555-4436. I trust the above will get you started. Good luck and please let me know how you make out.
My Grandfather jumped on Corregidor. I was reading some of the stories of the fallen men. Perhaps my Grandfather had the name wrong but, before I ever heard of this web page I was told about a Lt. Ball who was shot in the forehead. My Grandfather claims to have been right there when he was shot.
Of course with the severity of the casualty he could have been hit in all areas. He has told my father many stories of which I would to share if anyone is listening. Just in case you talk to other vets his name is Floyd Greer and he is in failing health and we are trying to help him enjoy every moment.
Son .... David Christian Greer .... Marine Vietnam Vet
Grandaughter... Shea Married Henry Randolph Ex military ...Army
Grandaughter ...Tempie served in the Air Force and married a Gulf vet also serving in the Air Force
Grandson ... Rance (me) Navy Submarines MM2(SS/DV)Greer
Grandson ... Ruston Army
Grandson ... Brannon...Too young to vote
Mother served in the Army for a short time and was a skydiver. Her father and my Wife's Grandfather also served proudly! If there is anything I can do to possibly contribute to the completion of this site please let me know!
Dan Driscoll [email@example.com]
Hi, I'm Marguerite Driscoll, and I was wondering if you had any information on Daniel Driscoll, T-4, a casualty from Corregidor? I'm very curious, and I'm trying to find information about my past... You can email me at Sccer19qtzz@zzaol.com. if you can help that be GREAT. Than You~ Marguerite
Technician 4th Class Daniel Driscoll was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company. The 503rd Parachute Infanttry veteran veteran fought on the island of Corregidor, Philippines during February and early March I945. If you wish, I will send you some names of men who served with HQ Company 1st Battalion who are members of our association. What is the basis for your interest in this paratrooper? A couple of names of men who served in his company, *Brown, Richard G. (address supplied) Casto,Ralph, (address supplied) Dallas, *Matthew J. M. (address supplied)[ * is a Corregidor veteran].
was writing to see if anyone remembered my dad, Caffery J. Dugas from
Carencro, LA. He served in the 503rd from May 23,1942 to October 28, 1945.
Dad was a cook (T/4) in Service Company. I don't think he jumped on
Corregidor, but he does have five pictures of the jump on the island. I
think he did participate in New Guinea and the Philippines.
Dad is 81 now and doesn't remember much. My mom was interested in the reunion, but doesn't think dad is up to the trip. Dad would like to hear from anyone. Our e-mail is CDUGASzz@zzprodigy.net
KENNETH D. PENROD
Would you be able to confirm whether my father, now deceased, Kenneth David Penrod, served in this command in WWII? Thanks
Judge Wayne E. Penrod
EUGENE A CARTER
I am the Grandaughter of Eugene A Carter. He was a medic that served with 503d paratroopers in Corregidor, Negroes, Luzon and many other battles. My Grandpa passed away in 2000 and I am wondering if anyone remembered him and could tell me stories about him in his army years. Thank you
Anyone who served in "H" company who jumped on Corregidor please drop me a line.
944 11th Street
Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
SGT. NELSON MATT
father-in-law has me looking for some old buddies, his name is Nelson
Matt. He was with the 503rd Regimental Combat Team Paratroopers, he
was on Corregidor and Mindoro. Maybe you have heard of his unit. He
is 75 yrs old and lives in Louisiana. My name is Cleveland Molitor,
I was in Viet-Nam 1970-71 and know how important it is to find old
friends. Thank you for your time and good luck to you."
Nelson Matt's name is in the current 503rd directory. It says he was in "A" Co. That is one of my Companies but I'm afraid I don't remember him. He was on Corregidor too. The guy was prone to get wounded too. He was wounded on Corregidor and again on Negros.
L. SHELDON OAKEY
I was researching my Uncle's tour
of duty in the 503rd. He would never
I was researching my Uncle's tour of duty in the 503rd. He would nevertalk about it, I have just rekindled my interest in his activities in the Pacific so I hope to find out some information. I was looking at the web site www.503rd.cjb.net and found some interesting information. I saw the 503rd mail call and decided to write to see if you had any information. This is what I know: His name was L. Shelton Oakey and he was a paratrooper and jumped on Corregidor. I believe he did attend reunions until he got sick, he passed away about 9 years ago. Any info you can provide will be gratefully appreciated.
I was searching for information on my Father's brother who was in the 503rd during the Corregidor campaign and was very impressed with all the historical data that was associated with this web page. However, he was not in the 503rd's KIA list and I was hoping you or one of your colleagues could help us find some more information about him or if any of you all remember him. The following information is all that my Father remembers and has told us:
His brothers name was Roland Perrault, and he jumped on Corregidor possibly on the golf course (Zone B ?). He was supposedly in the Color Guard when MacArthur returned to Corregidor, and was killed by sniper fire on Negros Island sometime around Feb or Mar of 1945.
Again, I'd like to compliment you all on a wonderful web site that preserves an unforgettable moment in this Great countries history. Thank you all for your unquestioned patriotism.
Your uncle was in E company. Within a few days I will send you more info, his associates, his commander etc. Feel free to contact me if needed. Your uncle jumped on same field as I (the Golf Course).
The KIA list Paul Whitman has included on the Web Page is only for Corregidor. In addition, the whole KIA list has 221 more names. Included is the name of Pfc. Roland E. Perrault from "E" Company, killed on Negros on 4/28/45.
While I spent about two years with "E" Company I was with "A" Company on Negros where Perreault was killed. My memory of Perrault is very hazy but the name is familiar and I know I must have known him slightly.
At about the same day Perrault was killed by a sniper S/Sgt Kenneth Holder, the Supply Sergeant was also killed by a sniper. I happened to be at the "E" Co. CP when Holder was killed and even heard the shot fired which got him. If Perrault's case was the same he would never have felt a thing--Holder didn't.
Several pieces of information for you: He was on a shipping list on 1 Apr 44 which must have been for the shipment from Brisbane to Oro Bay. That would mean Perrault was at Hollandia, Noemfoor, Leyte and Mindoro besides Corregidor and Negros. His Serial Number was 31286197. I will try to find which platoon Perrault was in so I'll have an idea of who might have known him.
The 2nd Battalion was pushing up Tokaido Road during this time [E Company was in the 2nd Battalion] and in early May had reached the end of the road and of enemy resistance. Tokaido Road is a major highway in Japan that among other places serves the Tokyo Airport, Narita. There was a pitched battle on the 28th and D [had two killed and 4 wounded] and F Companies were involved as well. Had PFC Perrault survived for a few more days he would have come out alive as the Japanese had quit and moved into the rugged mountains that run down the middle of Negros Island. The rest of your information is correct. I should tell you I left E Company at Noemfoor for D Company where I served from September 1944 until the war ended.
Do you have a photo of Roland in uniform that we can publish? Or any letter which he may have written home about any of his experiences?
There are only about a dozen active 503rd paratroopers on the internet, and we are trying to get more involved in the site, because it IS theirs. Part of that is to show them how the internet has been bringing people together in a way that the more traditional methods (snail-mail, word of mouth) never could.
It might surprise you that I am an Australian, and that the creation of a patriotic website of this nature is all the more a curious journey for a foreigner. I don't understand it all myself.
PFC ANDREW J. PIWOWAR
I would like to hear from any 503rd member who personally knew my Dad. His name and rank PFC A. J. (Andrew) Piwowar. He was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Paratrooper Infantry.
FRANK E. DICKERT
I am looking for info on my grandfather. His name was Frank E. Dickert and he served with the 462nd Parachute Field artillery battalion. He died in Corregidor on Feb. 26, 1945. I am trying to get this info for my dad. It would meant the world to him if I could find out anything. His dad died when he was only 2. All he has is his purple heart and his name. If anyone could tell me how he died or any bit of info about that day I would greatly appreciate.
I am the wife of a paratrooper that fought on Corregidor. He has mentioned from time to time "I wonder what ever happened to ....?" My husband's name is James Benson. So my question is, "Does anyone have information concerning the following names?"
(I might not have the spelling right, please forgive me for this)
Thank you for this 503 Mail page and all of the other sites pertaining to the 503 Regimental Combat Team.
DUANE R. MULLIS
Duane R. Mullis served in the 503rd throughout the war. He passed away in 1974 and I
wondered if anyone would have a roster that would have his name and designation within the
503rd. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Brock Mullis, Missouri
would like to make contact with anyone who may have details of the Monkey Point
explosion or who knew my father, Ted White, a scout, who was injured in the
blast while standing near the entrance.
I would like to make contact with anyone who may have details of the Monkey Point explosion or who knew my father, Ted White, a scout, who was injured in the blast while standing near the entrance.
EVERETT "COT" SHACKLES
I am trying to track down any information on my Great-Uncle Pvt. Everett "Cot" Shackles, A Co., 503 PRCT, KIA 28 APR 1945 on Negros. I am a paratrooper currently stationed in Georgia and I'm trying to track down the history of my family's military service to pass down to my sons, all of which are planning on joining the service. My grandfather passed away in 1991, and other than the fact that he told me about his brother's death he never would talk about it. If there is anyone out there that knew my Great-Uncle or about his service and death I would appreciate to hear from you. Thanks. Hooah!
MSG Dean S. Shackles
I attached daily reports for the two days that cover the period of his death.
The 503d ran into stiff Japanese resistance the period of 22 - 28 April. They were assaulting high ground shown on the attached maps. After April 29 the Japanese scattered into the mountains to the south and east. I attached one picture labeled Terrain, which I took from near the spot called Japanese Shrine on the GPS map. The ridge your great uncle was killed on would have looked similiar to what you see in that picture.
Last September I visited Negros intending to hike to the battlefield but was rained out. I intend to go back next January in dry season and try again. My father was involved in a mine explosion at the point labeled "incident", but was shielded by a tree and uninjured. I would like to hike in that far, if possible, starting from the point labeled Japanese Shrine. A summary of my last trip to Negros is at
I have a poor quality map that has the original coordinate system used in the daily reports. I converted coordinates from the daily reports using that map to latitude and longitude and programmed it into my GPS. These homemade GPS coordinates matched very well with known sites I visited, such as the points named Hacienda Hinacayan, Tokaido Road, and Hill 3155.
Let me know if you have more
questions, as I have a lot of information about this campaign.
HENRY L. SHEUERMANN
My Dad, Henry L. Sheuerman II, served with your
Unit. He was stationed in Panama with the 501st when the war started. I'm not
sure he was part of Test Platoon but I do know he was the first draftee to go to
Jump School. I believe he was drafted in '39. He sailed with the Unit to
Australia, made two combat jumps in New Guinea, Lae and Markham Valley, I
believe, awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, wounded, sent to Australia and then
Stateside in late '44. Once recovered, he taught at the Airborne School at
Benning until his discharge in late '45 or early '46 as an E-6. Went back in the
Army in '49 and retired as an E-9 in '68. Served with the 82nd in the early
Mike H. Sheuerman
Greetings, My father was a
paratrooper with the 503rd and helped to retake the island. I don't know what group he was
in, however I do have a few photos of the jump and shots of the boys on the ground. My
father's name is Delmar Holbrook and he came from Illinois. Thanks for a great site and
keep up the good work! We can never forget what these men did! Jeff Holbrook
My father was a paratrooper with the 503rd and helped to retake the island. I don't know what group he was in, however I do have a few photos of the jump and shots of the boys on the ground. My father's name is Delmar Holbrook and he came from Illinois. Thanks for a great site and keep up the good work! We can never forget what these men did!
I knew Del well. He was my assistant gunner on my light 30 machine gun, Headquarters Co. 2nd Battalion.
We lost contact after the war. I always wondered what happened to him. At one of our reunions I asked Bernie O'Boyle if he had ever seen him. he said del had visited him once in Chicago but he did not have his address or phone number.
Jeff, I hope your letter doesn't mean your Dad has passed on.
DR. WATTERS & HEYWARD BURBAGE
When the first call from Dr. Watters came requesting the fate of a 503rd trooper who had suffered a serious leg injury and who had the possibility of loosing his limb, I dug into my rusty mind and came up with two names, Red Cantrell and Burbage. At that time I did not know Burbage's first name. I submitted the two names to Whitman and some one else refined the choice to Burbage. I did not know exactly the road both of these troopers had followed after their wounding, but I heard somewhere during the reunions that both had survived and were in fact still living. Cantrell has isolated himself from the association and I guess so has Burbage. I submitted some D company names, including yours, who might have better follow up information and such has been the case. I am happy that you and McNerney are so meticulous in searching out the detail records. Additionally I hope you can send me a copy of the D company roster (Moresby-Mindoro era) . I also wish you could list the awards and medals the average 503 trooper is entitled to wear. I hope this is not on overload on you, but I have a project going with troopers from other outfits and I need to settle these issues.
I eventually found his name and the date of his wounding. He was a member of A Company 504th PIR that later was designated D Company 503rd PIR. Burbage was a 3rd platoon mortarman who jumped at Nabzab. Later the organization of the rifle company was changed and the mortar squad in each rifle platoon was moved to a fourth platoon made up of three mortar squads. This change was made long after Burbage left the company. There is a 2nd Battalion Noemfoor history of sorts and what is more valuable, a well kept journal that often gives us great detail about events that happened long ago.
The company was at Namber Drome, a small coral surfaced airstrip, from August 2nd to August 27th. and after 20 August it was the only rifle company there. On 12 August, John Britten, the 2nd Battalion commander had told his company commanders "extreme vigilance will be maintained on the perimeter." This would mean that among other things the perimeter would be booby trapped during hours of darkness removed during daylight hours to prevent our own people from tripping them. At night, movement on the perimeter was forbidden and the booby traps were placed to warn of night infiltration but during daylight there was no prohibition on movement and booby traps posed a real danger to our own people. The normal procedure required the traps be picked up early in the morning.
This undoubtedly was why Burbage had the grenades in his pockets; he had been removing them. There were several types of booby traps but in the rifle platoons the hand grenade was the weapon of choice. The safety ring was much like a cotter key and the split ends were straightened a bit so it would slip out of place when pulled. A length of thin wire was tied to the ring and the grenade staked down or tied to a tree or rock and the wire stretched across a likely area of entry. To remove the grenade the pin was bent so it wouldn't pull out and put in a musette bag or as in Burbage's case in his pockets. The safety ring somehow was pulled out releasing the handle and starting a fuse that emitted a click and burned for about six seconds before the grenade exploded. He must have heard the click and I would guess he tried to remove the gathered grenades.
The incident happened 27 August, the day the company moved to their new camp. At 1230 the following entry was made; "Five men [with] blood type A were requested by the 71st Evacuation Hospital to give blood to Burbage, D Company wounded by grenades."
GUY CRULL (THE TANK PILOT)
I have been researching Corregidor for my father. He was on Corregidor when his Tank was blown up in fact. He came in with your CO the 503 regiment paratroopers, his company was 1st Cavalry 603d tank Co. (Murder Inc..) His tank was blown up, he said, on Monkey Point. (Kindley Field). He was the only survior in his Co. He is reading a book called "Corregidor", I think written by Gen. E.M. Flannigan. The tank was blown up Feb 26 1945 and it was mentioned in the book that they cut him out of the Tank. Any information would be grateful...
Thanks -o0o- Had a long telephone call
from Guy Crull, the Murder Inc. Sherman Tank driver. You would not believe how excited he
was to talk with someone who knew about the incident. It was hard getting a word or a
question in edgewise. He was taken to Hollandia where he spent many months being treated
for his troubles. Among other things, he lost most of the flesh from his right arm. While
he was in Hollandia he met a bunch of our men who had been badly wounded. Yes, you do have some significant
successes you can be proud
of with the CT&N page. You have uncovered several people who discovered just what they
had been hoping for as a historic resource. You, also, have provided an outlet for some of
the pent up memories of some of us old WW II has-beens. In the latest, I gather Crull's
daughter is going to drag out his memories of that fateful day he happened onto a
practically unremembered postage stamp of an Island in the Philippines. All your hard work is paying off--thanks. Don Abbott
Had a long telephone call from Guy Crull, the Murder Inc. Sherman Tank driver. You would not believe how excited he was to talk with someone who knew about the incident. It was hard getting a word or a question in edgewise. He was taken to Hollandia where he spent many months being treated for his troubles. Among other things, he lost most of the flesh from his right arm. While he was in Hollandia he met a bunch of our men who had been badly wounded.
Yes, you do have some significant successes you can be proud of with the CT&N page. You have uncovered several people who discovered just what they had been hoping for as a historic resource. You, also, have provided an outlet for some of the pent up memories of some of us old WW II has-beens. In the latest, I gather Crull's daughter is going to drag out his memories of that fateful day he happened onto a practically unremembered postage stamp of an Island in the Philippines.
All your hard work is paying off--thanks.
Hey old buddy! I just learned that you lost both legs in the blast that took your tank. Is this true?
No, that wasn't me, my tank commander (Sgt. Waddley) was blown in half, he got commissioned in the field, Jenkins was the gunner, and it was he who lost his legs. Waddley died from shock when he saw both his legs were gone. Larry Farris was assistant driver ,when the explosion happened the 75 mm went through him backwards.............Lagrange was the loader the gun mounting blew and crushed his head.
(for Guy Crull)
I don't know if I fall under the "active" category but I was assigned to the 503rd in May/June 1942 - that is 1942- had the pleasure of the Paula Laut voyage, made the overland jump in Gordonvale and the weekly travels into the local scenic jungles, went to Port Moresby and made the jump at Nadzab, back to Brisbane, up to Buna and Hollandia, jumped on Noemfoor, landed at Leyte, then Mindoro, and the B Co assault on the radio station up the Mindoro coast at Palaun where we lost four dead and 13 wounded, thereby eliminating the 1st Battalion from jumping first on Corregidor, landed at Corregidor and then went down to Negros where I was among five of us in B Co who were the first to be returned to the USA.
If you have access to the internet, try thedropzone.org In case you're not sure, try me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (other details withheld for privacy reasons).
I saw this wonderful web site while trying to research some family history. I was hoping that you could help me find out what U.S. Army units were on Corregidor Island in the 1930s. I am putting together a history of my family's Military service. My Grandfather was in the U.S. Army in the Philippines during the mid 1930s, for a long time that is all I knew. My Father was unsure what my Grandfather even did in the Army, and unfortunately I did not think to ask these questions while he was alive my Grandfather having passed away in 1983. In 1996 while cleaning out a closet in my Grandmothers house I found a bag full of black & white photos from Corregidor & Manila. One of the photos was of the Mile Long Barracks with soldiers on parade. Another was of a battery of guns in action. I asked my Granduncle about my Grandfather's time on Corregidor, all he could recall was he was in a Coastal Artillery unit. What I would really like to find out is what unit or units were on the island during the 1930s, and what kind of unit patches they would have worn i.e. division ect.
Thank You for any help you may be able to give me.
Thank you so very much! You were very helpful, with the info you gave I looked the two units. It seems the 60th was an Anti Aircraft Unit, from one of the few stories I remember my Grandfather telling me, he & his unit were on combat alert when the Jap. Navy paid a visit. As I recall he said their guns were pointed right at the ships as the sailed past the Island. So I am guessing he was in the 59th.
Once again thank you very much for your help.
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