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"Speedy Gonzales"

 

"Speedy Gonzales" was a tour-bus driver on Corregidor Island not many years back and he never failed to impress or astonish the many visitors to the island. He knew all of the small stories associated with the place, not to mention his familiarity with the lay-of-the-land off the normal tourist track.

According to one of his stories… On a hot and humid afternoon back in 1951, when the island was home for only a few dozen villagers amid the jungle-covered fortifications, Gonzales was taking his daily siesta inside one of the bomb-proofs of Battery Geary up on Topside. While he was laying down on the concrete floor he was awakened by twelve armed American soldiers. They politely, but firmly, requested him to move aside. There before his very eyes they lifted the concrete slab that he had been laying on to reveal two large boxes. When the boxes were lifted out of the hole one of the soldiers opened the box to check the contents, which revealed two large gold ingots!

Speedy stated that an American Major was in charge of the group, who promptly thanked him for moving and being quiet about it. The men quickly left the Battery and proceeded to Bottomside, where they boarded two different landing crafts tied up at the old South Dock. As Speedy watched them disappear around the Bataan Peninsula from atop his vantage point at Battery Geary, he ruefully stated to himself: "And to think I had been sleeping there for three years!" The shock of this amazing event was to haunt Speedy Gonzales for the rest of his life. (18)

 

POST-WAR RECOVERY OPS 1945-88 | SPEEDY GONZALES  |   BATTERY MORRISON  | AH-MOON'S   |  THE ENGINEERING TUNNEL   |   GRAVE - GOLD   |   THE MARCOS CONNECTION   |   THE NORTH DOCK GOLD HOLE   |   THE FOURTH LATERAL   |   THE NORTH HARBOR SALVAGE BARGE   |    THE PRESIDENTIAL YACHT "CASIANO"   |   THE LORCHA DOCK   |  SILVER PESOS    |  NO MORE GOLD   |   CONCLUSION

CORREGIDOR - THE TREASURE ISLAND OF WWII    |    GOLD IS ALSO BALLAST    |    THE GOLDEN PATROL OF THE USS TROUT |  SALVAGING A SILVER TREASURE  | THE JAPANESE OVERSTRIKE

 

 

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