Just prior to the
capitulation of the island to the Japanese, thirty-six Philippine Scouts filled two metal
lockers with gold ingots taken from the "vault located at the Stockade. After
dragging them on foot over the island roads to a point just in front of the Morrison
Battery the soldiers dug two large pits. After depositing the two large lockers in the
pits, the men connected them with a small chain leading from one hole to the other.
Unfortunately, just as they completed covering the
lockers with earth a Japanese shell burst nearby, killing all but two of them. Before
dying a few years ago the last survivor drew a map showing the location of the buried
lockers and gave it to one of the Corregidor inhabitants. This man, along with a
Philippine Army Colonel, has been searching for the elusive deposit ever since, but to no
During my visit to the island in 1988 I had the
opportunity to help search for this treasure. The original map shows the location to be in
the center of three large trees, set in a triangular pattern just in front of the battery.
Since I believed that such a large target could not escape a good Pulse Detector that I
had brought along with me, we believed that perhaps our chances in locating were pretty
good. After scanning the entire area that these men claimed to be the spot I walked away,
having discovered only the normal remnants of a battlefield such as spent ammunition,
shell fragments, and pieces of American and Japanese helmets.
If these lockers of gold were ever there on the island, they are certainly not