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  FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WHO SERVED  WITH THE 503RD PRCT, WE PRESENT

I'M LOOKING FOR...

        

ANYONE WHO ... 

knows current details of Robert G. Carson or his next of kin 

knows about units on Corregidor during the 1930's 

would like to contact Caffery J. DUGAS

wants to contact Robert (Bob) Weber

knew the fate of the tank driver who survived the Monkey Pt. explosion

knew the fate of the 503rd trooper who suffered a serious grenade injury and may have lost his legs

knows the circumstances of Vincent "Peetsy" STISLOW'S death on Corregidor

served in the PIR in New Guinea

was in "H" Company

 

INFORMATION ON

 

Leonard CHAMBER, "H" Co.

Wayman Ferris CHAMPNEY, "unknown" Co.

CHANALETTI

Lt. Paul Edward COTE

Daniel DRISCOLL, T-4

James L. FEDGATTER

Floyd GREER

Delmar HOLBROOK, 

Pfc. James J. KENNEDY

Pvt. James E. KNIGHT

Duane LARSEN, KIA Corregidor

John LESHINSKI,  4th Platoon "D" Co.

Mc CULLOUGH, Lt. 

Duane R. MULLIS 

L. Sheldon OALLEY

Roland PERRAULT 

Andrew J. PIWOWAR, Pfc - "F" Co.

Arnold P. RIEWE, T/Sgt "H" Co. 

Vincent "Peetsy" STISLOW, Pfc "I" Co. 

Robert SCHWOVERLAND

Nelson MATT, Sgt. 

Kenneth David PENROD

Macy TAYLOR  

Uliss "Whitey" THACKER

Dick THOMSEN

Blaine WARD,  "D " Co.

Alva S. WHEATON, 3rd Bn, 

 

WAYMAN FERRIS CHAMPNEY

 

Wayman Ferris Champney, Age 28, Westfield, Pennsylvania
Home on Leave Following Basic Training
Heading for Paratrooper Training in Georgia
 Source: Kinsman Family Album

Frank Kinsman is searching for anyone with information about his uncle (pictured), particularly the Company in which he fought on Corregidor.  He writes:

My uncle was a BAR gunner and jumped.  Also, it is my understanding that the 3rd Bn was following the 1st Bn east to Water Tower Hill and then replaced them in the drive east of Monkey Point.  In Howard Lout's article he mentions his squad was left of A Co and right of B Co..  As I read it there was a machine gun crew  between his squad and B Co, and "Even a somewhat depleted parachute infantry battalion was crowed together on the small hill--and not dug in. My thought had been that the only battalion that dropped and was at Water Tower Hill was the 3rd and therefore my uncle was with the 3rd.  Maybe I'm wrong.  I hope to find out.

Frank Kinsman
fekzz@zzsbcglobal.net

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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 Polishimmigrant, 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 beforeI 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.

 Thanks.
Dominick Kass 
ofrazz@zzsunlink.net|

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 notbeen reached by the 18th. 50 men were killed at Monkey Pt. but that was some days later. 

Paul Whitman

Paul is absolutely correct. There was no "landing" at Monkey Point and it was more than two days after the 16th, the day of the parachute landing, that we got to Monkey Point. I was a platoon sergeant in B Co. when the 1st battalion "took" Monkey Point. 

Thanks, 
Jack Herzig

This would tend to make sense as my uncle's date of death is the 18 FEB 45, which is 2 days after the jump, correct?

My mother always said that she was told he was killed on Monkey Point, which would show he survived the jump, correct? Am I getting warmer? My mom, aunts, cousins and other relatives did not have the best recollections from this traumatic news. Was "I" Company on Monkey Point at any time? Louis McCarroll and I had a conversation a few years ago and he's pretty sure he was with my uncle coming down a hill when they were mortared. Mr. McCaroll seemed fairly confident of the events. One thing that lead me to believe he knew my uncle was that he remembered Uncle Vincent's brother Tony Scislowicz (Stislow) meeting up before the Corregidor operation. Not many people including family, know of that event. It seems Vincent gave Tony a field jacket and remarked he won't be needing it anymore. 

Thank you all tremendously for any facts and insight.

Dom Kass
former HHC 2/327, 101st

I suggest that you call up "The Drop Zone", a site containing a picture album of my adventures as a paratrooper and my stories of several events, including that of what happened at the Monkey Point disaster. This will help to clarify those ancient events and where Monkey Point fits in with your uncle's death. Please don't hesitate to contact me again with any questions.

Jack Herzig

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JAMES L. FETGATTER

 

Dear Sir.

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.

Respectfully
Grant Sork

Dear Grant.

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 overseas and was with it all they way through, WWII 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 ...
Good luck.
Don Abbott

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LEONARD G. CHAMBER

Dear Susie & Doug Rodzon

Doug, your Grandfather was in “H” Company 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.

A book published soon after the end of WW II had him listed as T-Sgt  Chamber, Leonard G.  This book was “Return to Corregidor ” written by Harold  Templeman, the Red Cross man for the unit.  The lack of an “s” on the end of his name is, undoubtedly, a typo and the T-Sgt means he was, probably, a Platoon Sergeant instead of a Squad leader.

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.

You 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 <junglejimzz@zzunidial.com>.  He lives in Louisville , KY.

You may be able to get some information on Sgt. Chambers by writing to the National Personnel Records Center , Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Ave. , St. Louis , MO 63132-5100 .  When I checked their web page they indicate the request should be made on “Standard Form 180”.  You may want to write and ask them for a form.

Good luck with your research on your Grandfather.

Don Abbott

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ULISS "WHITEY" THACKER

Dear Sirs,

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.

Thank You
Tracy Thacker Hyatt
spatterwarezz@zzhotmail.com

 

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ROBERT G. CARSON


Cindy Crawford wants to locate ROBERT G. CARSON whose last known address was 315 Greer St., High Point, NC as she has  several photos of him from her  father's collection . He made the jump on Corregidor.

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BOB WEBER

My 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.  

              dmurphy948zz@zzearthlink.net

                                                                                                            Sincerely, 
Donna (Weber) Murphy

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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!

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 From: Dan Driscoll [driscdtzz@zzaol.com]
Sent: Monday, 20 November 2000 11:11 AM
Subject: can u help me?

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

From: JLindgren2zz@zzaol.com
Sent: Tuesday, 21 November 2000 11:21 AM
Subject: T4 Daniel W. Driscoll

Ms Driscoll

Technician 4th Class Daniel Driscoll was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company. The 503rd Parachute Infantry 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]. 

 John  

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I 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

Thanks,
 Caffery J. Dugas ll

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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
[wpenrodzz@zzoea.state.in.us]

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Many of you may not be familiar with Selma Harrison Calmes, but she is a regular contributor to the Corregidor Then and Now website, having written the story of how her parents met and married on The Rock.  She’s our only regular female audience, and mightily pleased I am for it.   She’s been collecting photos for the site,  finding many rare views of Corregidor in the 1920’s and 30’s.  She’s researching further articles, including one on minelaying at Corregidor.  She was born on the Rock in Feb 1940.  Her father, a West Point graduate, went on to command a company in Europe, where he was killed.   Selma is an MD, and sub-chair of the department of anaesthesiology at UCLA.  I met her on the Rock in January of this year, and she’s signed up for the January 2001 visit too.

Selma got a bit of a shock recently.  Her interest in Corregidor had been firmly upon pre-war Corregidor.  She was getting her dad’s medals out and….

“…I found 2 bars of ribbons also. One had a Pacific Campaign ribbon with 4 stars. This couldn’t be my dad’s.  I finally realised it was my step dad’s.(My mom married again when I was in high school.) Checked with my brother and it turns out he was 503 and jumped on Corregidor! …How Corregidor keeps weaving its way through my life. I didn’t think very much of the guy (dead now) as alcohol was a big issue for him then, and for the rest of his life. But maybe all that time in the Pacific did it.

His name was Dick Thomsen.”

Does anyone know of him?

Looks like Selma, Corregidor’s child,  is now one of the children of the 503d too!

Regards,

Paul Whitman

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Anyone who served in "H" company who jumped on Corregidor please drop me a line. 

 

Pfc. Sam Cunningham  
503rd "H" RCT 

Sam Cunningham

944 11th Street

Imperial Beach, Ca 91932

 

(619)429-6187

scorless1zz@zzhome.com

 

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 Sergeant Nelson Matt

 My 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.

Don Abbott

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Dear Sir,

I was researching my Uncle's tour of duty in the 503rd. He would never talk 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.

Best regards,
Gary Calvert

calvertkczz@zzearthlink.net

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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.

Sincerely,
James C. Thomas
[bigdaddy522zz@zzhome.com]

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James,

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).

Tony Sierra
D Company

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Jim,

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.

Don Abbott

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James


We didn't get to Negros until April 7 , 1945. The month of April was when we had the severest casualties.  Abbott's KIA roster shows your uncle was killed 28 April 1945.

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. 

John Lindgren

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James,

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.


Regards
Paul Whitman

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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.

Thanks,
George A. Piwowar
Gato451zz@zzaol.com

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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) 

Macy Taylor, Littleton,NC: 
Robert Schwoverland: 
Chanaletti,
Jacksonville, Fla: 
Lt. Mc Cullough. 

Thank you for this 503 Mail page and all of the other sites pertaining to the 503 Regimental Combat Team. 

Sincerely,
thebensons2zz@zzaol.com 
(James Benson)

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Ed,

My father, 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

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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

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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.

Victor Erdahl
Hdqs. 2nd

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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.

Regards
Tony Sierra

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I didn't get anything on who came up with the Burbage's name. I finally found it in McNerney's Noemfoor journal. God bless the Irish! ttfnj.   I must have missed a message somewhere after getting Heyward Burbage's name on another message. Who supplied the name?

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 straightend 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." 

John Lindgren

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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 survivor 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
Patti Donath

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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

Hey old buddy! I just learned that you lost both legs in the blast that took your tank. Is this true?


Chet NYCUM

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. 

Renea (for Guy Crull) 

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By the way, are there any troopers active from the 503 PIR who were in New Guinea? My friend Phil Seff would more than likely like to be in contact with them.

Regards,
Verne White

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Hi V,

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 jackhrzzz@zzjuno.com or (other details withheld for privacy reasons).

Regards
Jack Herzig

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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.

Semper Fidelis
John Rondina

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.

Semper Fi 
John Rondina

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