May 1961 1

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May 1961 1 - Cruelty, torture and death ...all are...
Cruelty, torture and death ...all are remembered Following are excerpts from tape recordings of 14 Bataan survivors who still live in or near Mercer County. The recordings will be placd in a sealed container underneath the memorial plaque at Harrodsburg. OUR company, due to superior performance during the Louisiana maneuvers, had been designated for overseas duty in the fall of 1941. Sixty-six men of the former 38th Tank Company, Harrodsburg, Ky.'s National Guard unit, shipped out as members of Company D, 192d Tank Battalion, and a headquarters company, under sealed orders. Upon arrival in Manila, on Thanksgiving Day (November 20, 1941), we learned our mission was to defend Clark Field against airborne invasion. When the attack came, I was in the headquarters building acting as General James R. N. Weaver's personal liaison officer. I could see the fighter planes make the turn at the far end of the runway, strafing. Edwin "Skip" Rue I had a pork-chop sandwich in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other when they came over the base. They caught everything we had on the ground, except the tanks, which were off to the side, hidden by bushes. The raid lasted about an hour. Grover D. Whittinghill Wemmded Were Everywhere After the bombing, they hauled the dead and wounded on bomb racks and trucks, and anything they could. The hospital was full. They were lying everywhere, some with arms and legs off. It was a sickening sight. That night, there was one air raid after another. We didn't have any foxholes dug at the time. So, as many as could crawled into an old latrine pit for the night Cecil Van Diver After the Japanese troops landed, our mission was to defend Manila Bay while the allied forces were being built up in the South Pacific, in preparation for the return to the Philippines. General Wain-wright was in command of the corps at that time. I was there when the report came in that 80 Jap transports were lying off Lingayen Gulf. Edwin Rue The Japs landed on the southern part of Luzon. Our troops from the south and north all went down Continued on following pages

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 28 May 1961, Sun,
  3. Page 98

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