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Conclusion

 

1999 Edward Michaud

 

There are so many more stories of lost treasures associated with Corregidor Island, but the stories outlined here are at least credited with ‘some’ basic known facts. The famous Japanese General Yamashita, (pronounced Ya-Mash-Ta), known as the "Tiger of Malaya", was said to have operated a smelting camp for precious metals near the Island’s power plant. This remains complete conjecture, but treasure hunters still flock to the Philippines in droves in the attempt to find his reputed wealth of gold bullion and jewels. There is no indication whatsoever that Yamashita ever ran such a smelting works here on Corregidor.

Today Corregidor’s beautiful greenery and serenity tends to overwhelm all visitors and one is hard pressed in trying to imagine a panorama of shell-pitted hills and docks. Only when the jungle growth is pushed aside are the battle scars evident. If any readers ever have the opportunity to visit this Isle of Terrible Beauty they should first take the standard tourist guide trails, and then arrange, if possible for them, to stay a few days on the island and explore the off-trail sections of the island. It is there within the hidden areas that you will see the scenes of the stories I have just related. And remember, all of them do have at least a thread of truth.

As regards to a great horde of gold and valuables on the island itself? It doesn’t exist, at least not any more. Anything that was once there is now long gone. The waters directly off the island is another matter, where one can still find bits and pieces of Corregidor’s past, including a coin or two here and there. I should know… I have found at least a piece of that rainbow. But, if you go there, enjoy the historical treasures you encounter. Of all my adventures on Corregidor Island it is the presence of the overwhelming personal and historical events that took place there that remains the most valuable treasure to me.

I shall never forget.

 

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

AUTHOR'S FOOTNOTES, SOURCES

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