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Wainwright1 - (I Just Missed Death By GEN. JONATHAN M....
(I Just Missed Death By GEN. JONATHAN M. WAl.NWRKiHT I CHAPTER 7 General MacArthur's orders to withdraw my men to Rataanj came at a time when my north Luzon force of approximately I 128,000 men 25,000 of them still a considerable area. The average distance we had to withdraw was nearly 150 miles. But first up to present the kind of semi-solid semi-solid semi-solid front we would need for the delaying actions we would be called upon to fight. One such delaying action assigned to us was to hold fast on the line of the Rio Grande de Pampanga to enable General Jones' south Luzon force to withdraw northward before the Jap attack in the south, swing around Manila bay and duck into Bataan. The Japs coming down from the north after ua put considerable pressure on us and made more difficult the task of Rhepherding ainrii;ht i thousands of bewildered and inexperienced men into position for I tha withdrawal, 4 WAINWKHiHTS 'THIS IS MY STOKV untrained were scattered over; those units had to lie rounded Going To THEY HIT RETREATING REMNANTS of Colonel Ron nett'a old force and further demoralized them. They hit the 71st division so hard that it drove that undermanned force right, past Hinalonan, where the battle-weary battle-weary battle-weary L'hth cavalry was refitting, refitting, thus making the 2fith our chief front line foroe again. On Ihe morning nf Dec. 21, after issuing (he orders to llh-draw llh-draw llh-draw toward Kataan, I went up In Hinalonan hcliexing that Brig, (ien. Clyde A. Sellerk, the 71st division's commander, would he there. Itlnalonan lies just east of Ihe main highway. An old and rarely used road runs more or less parallel to Ihe main highway northward and leads Inlo Rinalonun directly. For some reason or other I chose the old road, and by doing so just missed hclng raptured or killed. As I was nearing the town, a platoon of four or five tanks rode down the main highway about L'H'l yards to my left, going south. They were Jap tanks. My dusty Packard sedan would have offered small resistance to them if 1 had encountered them head-on, head-on, head-on, on th main road. WM4iiim4 On fm Btett j Batumi l I I

Clipped from The Akron Beacon Journal13 Oct 1945, SatPage 1

The Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio)13 Oct 1945, SatPage 1
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