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3-8 1-8 Complete Story of Escape From Bataan Now By C. YATES McDANIEL motor torpedo boats U. S. ARMY HEADQUARTERS.! Uses "PT" Boat Australia, Mar. 24.--(#}--The j Some advisers, Diller said, full story of Gen. Douglas Mac- urged MacArthur to use a sub- Arthur's hazardous voyage from the Philippines was told today by the s u p r e m e commander's spokesman, who emphasized that MacArthur did not escape from Bataan but "came through to a greater task" in compliance with a presidential order. Col. Legrand Diller told newspapermen that MacArthur's- fighting race against time, darkness and Japanese warplanes and warships was vindication for the general's long fight for recognition o'f marine to make his way to Aus-, tralia but the general and United States Navy Captain John D. j Bulkeley, commander of six -PT'' j boats which reached the Philip-; pines shortly before the war,' pinned their faith on the speedy | craft. v j Strong opposition was based! on fear that the attempt was too desperate. This was Diller's story: The sun dipped into the China Sea out past Corregidor on Mar. 11 when, fcx the deepening dark- \ ness, the forms of torpedo boats moved slowly through the minefields toward the entrance of Manila Bay. Bulkeley. who had won the Distinguished Service Cross for his work in the Philippines---the sinking of a 5,000- ton Japanese ship--was at the wheel of the leading craft as the little convoy started the hazardous trip which some advisers had warned was a "fantastic venture." But the general said, "we go with the fall of the moon. We go during the Ides of March." It seemed strange after living hi blackouts for three months to see automatic light houses op- erating. Along the shore (Japan- Friese) signal lights were seen,! flashing the warning of the ap-! proach of (what were presumed! Jato be, enemy aircraft. j panese Roar Confuses Jmps i The roar of the -pr 1 ' boats' was confusing even to the Jap- anese, ! A Chungking Just before the departure o i the MacArthur convoy we re-! ceived word of the presence of! enemy warships in these waters but we roared out into the The boats pounded terrifically through heavy seas. The general was unable to stand (Continued en Pane Six)

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  1. Panama City News-Herald,
  2. 24 Mar 1942, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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