Bataan was not synonymous with Corregidor, mistaken belief to the contrary. As a result of this misbelief for the past 40-odd years, many have assumed Bataan, Corregidor, and the Death March to be interrelated. Corregidor had very little relationship with Bataan; it had no connection with the Death March whatsoever. Such a mistaken belief has been spawned by numerous writings.

 

— MAJ Richard M. Gordon (USA Ret.)

Bataan Death March Survivor

“Sometimes Corregidor was hit by 16,000 shells a day.”

— Clash of Wings: Wings of the Rising Sun

Images Left: American soldiers facing the unknown; 50th Anniversary Fall of Corregidor Commemorative Stamp.

CORREGIDOR

 

BY PFC LEROY GANT

59th COAST ARTILLERY

 

How many days, how many nights

have we suffered through this war?

Hopes fading fast that we’ll be saved at last,

from this hell on Corregidor.

 

The enemy is near, but there is no fear

of what may lie in store.

For death is a relief from the misery and grief,

that we have seen here on Corregidor.

 

Though hope is gone, we still carry on.

Each day is worse than before.

Our hearts beat fast but we’ll give our last,

on this place called Corregidor.

 

No water, no sleep, nothing to eat.

Oh, how painful is defeat.

My God, we can't take much more!

The sun is sinking fast over Corregidor.

 

THE WHITE FLAG IS UP.

The Japs have reached our shore.

The battle is lost at a terrible cost.

Our guns will fire no more.

So ’til a better day, somehow, someway,

we'll come home again once more.

I'll say goodbye for those who fought and died

on this godforsaken... Corregidor.

 

My God, we can’t take much more.

 

Courtesy of BM2 Gary Lemon, USN

 

PFC Leroy Gant, author of this poem, was born in Texas in 1914. He entered service in Oklahoma City, OK on February 5, 1941. At that time he was a resident of Pottawatomie County, OK. He died as a Prisoner of War October 10, 1942. His remains were recovered post-war and interned at Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.

 

In 1954, Gary Lemon, USS Carpenter (DD 825), was in a bar in Olangapo in the Philippines where the above was posted and he, [then] Seaman Lemon, copied it. The poem was written in pencil and signed, “Gant 59 CA”.

These (107) 200th & 515th Coast Artillery men escaped to Corregidor at the fall of Bataan.

 

Abraham, Ned L.

Alderete, Feliciano R.

Althaus, Rubin M.

Almeraz, Frederico S.

Antonio, Sam J.

Arceneaux, Frank S.

Armijo, Salvador J.

Armour, Jesse J.

Barron, Charley R.

Bergquist, Francis E.

Brooks, Delbert H.

Bull, Malcolm T.

Burruss, Eugene

Calderon, Arthur J.

Cardin, Thomas G.

Cata, Jose Isidore

Chavez, Juan M. "Bob"

Chavez, Lazaro A.

Craig, George M.

Dansby, Donald M.

Darling, George E.

DeHerrera, Valdemar A.

DeVenzeio, Orlando J.

Duncan, Joseph J.

Eagle, Eldwin J.

Fails, Alvin H.

Fleming, John W.

Ford, Virgle L.

Foster, Henry B.

Gannon, Charles F.

Gannon, Harold J.

1 Garcia, Manuel J.

Garcia, Pedro

Gardner, Lee J.

Gavord, Charles B.

Genovese, John A.

Godfrey, Robert R.

Gonzales, Carlos G.

Gulbus, Irving

Hays, Joseph

Healey, Thomas G.

Heck, Marion W.

Henry, Boyd N.

Hise, Harold C.

Hnulik, Richard A.

Jensen, William E.

Johnson, Howard W.

Knight, Robert J.

Lansford, Jack L.

Light, Jake W.

Loman, Louis E.

Long, Carl M.

Long, Martin S.

Longoria, Jose A.

Lowe, Harold S.

Lucero, Natividad J.

Lugibihl, Myron R.

Lutich, Louis P.

Malak, Stephen L.

Martinez, Belarmino

Martinez, Tony A.

Mascareñas, Jose E. T.

McCollum, Virgil O. Jr.

McGee, John T.

Meuli, Maynard C.

Millard, Cleophas

Miller, Laddie

Mirabal, Lorenzo

Mitchell, Harwell H.

Montoya, Ernest

Overmier, William C.

Pacheco, Alberto

2 Palumbo, Paul

Parchman, William E.

Parson, James O.

Petruzela, Alexander F.

Philpott, Chester A.

Plomteaux, Francis A.

3 Pruehsner, Orville A.

Pruss, Harry J.

Radosevich, Joseph R.

Ream, Glenn G.

Reyes, James B.

Roehm, Robert R.

Roessler, Norbert R.

Sagash, Charles D.

Sanchez, Alfredo F.

4 Sanchez, Joe

Sandoval, Eduardo A.

Senter, Albert C.

Silva, Agapito E.

Smith, Clark G.

Smith, George L.

Stevens, Dorris

5 Taylor, William R.

Terrazas, Nick L.

Thompson, James R.

Tillman, Willie

Tovar, Alex E.

6 Tucker, Lee C.

Vigil, Antonio J.

Wallace, Ira D.

Weeks, Orie B.

Whitted, Jess J.

Willie, Wilson E.

Wyper, Menzies Jr.

Ybaben, Erminio L.

 

1 Manuel Garcia may have been Killed in Action on Corregidor.

 

2 Paul Palumbo was a recipient of the Silver Star for actions at Engineer Point, Corregidor, May 6, 1942.

 

3 Orville Pruehsner continued the fight with the 59th Coast Artillery on Corregidor. He was killed there on the last day, May 6, 1942.

 

4 There were three men named Joe Sanchez in the Regiment. Joseph M. 'Joe' Sanchez, ASN 20843347, son of Genovevo Sanchez of Gallup, New Mexico is the one who escaped to Corregidor.

 

5 Liberated at war's end, William Taylor was lost when the plane he was being ferried from Japan to Manila on crashed at sea. Although he was not the last 200th man to die as a POW, he was THE LAST 200th man to die overseas. He died a free man.

 

6 Lee Tucker was a recipient of the Silver Star for actions at Battery Way, Corregidor, May 5-6, 1942.