THE FALL OF CORREGIDOR, MAY 6, 1942

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May 3, 2019

THE FALL OF CORREGIDOR, MAY 6, 1942

Los Angeles-– On MAy 6, 2019, we commemorate the 77th anniversary of the fall of Corregidor on May 6, 1942.

The Imperial Japanese Army then concentrated on the island of Corregidor after Bataan surrendered on April 9, 1942. Lt. General Jonathan Wainwright refused to surrender.

The island was relentlessly pummeled by the Imperial Japanese artillery for several weeks. The island was surrounded and cut off from receiving any reinforcements and supplies from the United States.

On the night of May 5, the Imperial Japanese landed troops and tanks. They quickly began advancing towards Malinta Tunnel where there were thousands of patients and nurses.

To avoid a massacre Wainwright was forced to surrender the troops on Corregidor and the other three fortified islands*.

But the Imperial Japanese General Masaharu Homma refused Wainwright’s offer of surrender.

May 9, 1942, the Surrender of the Philippines

The Visayan Islands and Mindanao were commanded by General Sharp who was directly under General MacArthur. There were approximately 12,000 who had laid down their arms and were totally defenseless at this point on Corregidor.

The next several weeks were very intense as Lt. General Wainwright tried to communicate to the other islands to also surrender. General Wainwright broadcast the following message on the Manila radio station KZRH.

The surrendered USAFFE troops were marched to the streets of Manila and were brought to the concentration camp at Capas, tarlac.

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