Combat Over Corregidor
By Charles H. Bradford M.D.

The fully restored text of the intimate, first hand account of the premier combat jump of the Pacific War, published in hardcover and paperback for the first time.

COMBAT OVER CORREGIDOR is a tribute to the humanity, camaraderie, teamwork and strength of purpose of the ordinary American citizen soldier in the 1940's rather than a sequential retelling of individual battles on a distantly relevant Philippine battlefield.

Charlie Bradford, who wrote this book, was a surgeon in the Second Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, when it retook Corregidor in one of the most dangerous airborne envelopments of World War II.

"Wherever you were, you could turn around and Charlie would be there," one veteran later commented. It was a life defining moment for all of them. But throughout his life, though, Charlie would talk little of it, and then not to people who weren't there.  Instead, he wrote this manuscript, which he forbade from publishing until after his death. He did allow it to be used as an Anonymous reference source for books written about Corregidor by the Belotes, Devlin and Flanagan.

The full manuscript remained an insider's secret for over fifty years, being copied and passed from trooper to trooper. The names in the original manuscript were not published. However, for this edition, we have restored almost all of the original names to the original text. Now the manuscript can  take its crucial place in the 503d PRCT's History and Heritage.

The book also contains the entire series of the States Photographs which were originally published in Templeman's now rare Return to Corregidor book. These are reproduced in exquisite detail, copied not from Templeman's cloudy versions, but from original first generation photographic prints made from the original negatives by master photographer Fred Hill. Every face is crystal-clear and the troopers are easily recognized and, except for the Medical Detachment, named.

There are also 17 full page full color photographs of Corregidor Then & Now  battlefields, buildings and scenery, and three full page black and white aerial photographs of the invasion as it happened. The text is enhanced by 112 black and white photographs spread throughout its glossy 160 pages. The book is professionally printed by a "print on demand" company and its selling price reflects printing and production costs and our 'not for profit' status. We remain a volunteer, donation based group, and we want to be here the next time you are.

As a service, 503d PRCT members can purchase unlimited numbers of books at printer's cost.  E-mail us.

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Don Abbott

The Lost Road

Battlebook - Corregidor

Bulletin Board / Feedback Forum

503d PRCT Heritage Bn.

Gerry Riseley

Combat Over Corregidor

Japanese Unit & Troop Strength

503d WWII Honor Roll

Rock Force

William T. Calhoun

Amid th' Encircling Gloom

Ft. Benning Monographs


Coast Artillery Manila & Subic Bays

John Lindgren

The Rock Patch

503d PIR as a Case Study

Rock Force Honor Roll

4th Marines on Corregidor

George M. Jones

By Order of Maj. Kline

Engineers' Report - Corregidor

Site & Navigation Info

Bless 'Em All

James P. Lowe




503d PRCT Assn Official Website

Robert W. Armstrong




Concrete Battleship

Verne White

1936 Corregidor Map

503d Jump at Nadzab

by Article Title

Battle of Manila

Jim Mullaney

2/503 Vietnam Newsletter

Cleaning Up Corregidor

by Author Name

Fall of the Philippines


1945 Jump Map

Interview - Clevenger

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