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The CDSG visited Corregidor with us during February 2005. Here's our report as...
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1st Day, 19 Feb. 2005: CDSG arrived with ferry about 9 am, just dropped their bags in their rooms and off we went. In the morning we used hotel transportation.
The group consisted of Glen Williford, Roger Davis (both US), Guy Hall (Brit) and last but not least Tony Feredo (RP). I arrived a little earlier by boat from Cabcaben and we teamed up right away. I learned all of them were frequent visitors.
We went to Battery-Wheeler with two goals; is there a connection between the Wheeler Tunnel and the battery and to find the two emergency controls (bathtubs).
We had people in the battery under #1 gun and in the tunnel and tried to hear each other. No sound whatsoever was heard by either party. My personal thoughts are -what kept the Japanese coming back into the battery from the tunnel over the ground? We all than just had a closer look at the Battery and the path to the tunnel.
I was in the tunnel with Glen and climbed in the treasure hunter tunnel which is started from the 1st or closest magazine room of the tunnel to the battery. It was not very long and ended in whimper - treasure hunters, my thought.
With the help of the maps and a few sharp set of eyes we spotted the two, upper and lower, emergency control or sighting stations (the concrete bathtubs). We took our pictures and moved on to the next task.
Our next task was finding the Radio building with the 4 concrete bases for the tower.
We walked back towards the last or closest Senior Officer Qtrs aka "F" Co HQ and started penetrating the woods just down or west of the topside parade field. Without too much trouble we found it. One can not miss it with insulators still embedded in the walls and the 4 tower concrete bases on the east end of the building.
While topside we noticed that two flags are flying now from the old flagstaff. Both the US and the RP flags are flying high from the staff with new halyards and all; a pleasant surprise. Until now for some time no flag/s were flying and I don't know for how long. For one thing the halyard and rigging was in bad shape before.
In the afternoon a CFI jeepney, hired by CDSG, took us almost all the way to Battery Cheney.
Battery West was our goal; it is located just further down or NW from Btry. Cheney. It consisted of two 155 mm guns but only one had a concrete base. The method we used was to find the row of concrete bases for the 3 inch AA battery go the most northern one and turn left in a right angle (we only seen 3). It is right over the cliff and inland of it is a massive bomb crater which is an other landmark. The concrete base was grown over bad; we cleared about half of it.
While we were there Ronilo Benadero caught up with us. He knew his old CDSG acquaintances were coming; and everybody was glad to see each other again.
The next goal was the 3 side by side QM stores just east of the golf course. We started at what the locals call "The Eternal Flame" area which is the east end of the Pacific War Memorial. From there a path leads to one of the other warehouses which has a tunnel entrance in back of it leading to a control station. The hotel events program has this on their itinerary so it has an easy trail, downward though. But the hotel has rigged a line to hold on to.
Than there is one more warehouse which must have been for medical stores. On the ground are still laying a few tin products, tin cups, bowls and bedpans. They are too rusted to be picked up. (Take as many pictures as you want, but leave them there.)
Then come the three side by side warehouses. We looked and marvelled at them. They are still in fair shape considering.
Next was the museum to see what had been done with a CDSG donation for the purpose of replacing yellowed pictures and new frames. I believe that was to the satisfaction of the CDSG members.
Following this Glen took Tony and I behind Btry. Geary via Btry. Crocket and showed us the command and fire-control station, the emergency control station and the mortar that ended up there near the command and control station.
On the way home we stopped at the still intact, perhaps the only still intact infantry defense position which I had found on my last visit. We looked around further and found just further down a lot of concrete and a lot roofing sheeting. Also we found some kind of vehicle chassis. This is approximately at the SW corner of the Middleside open field area.