Great pictures!. The last ones about this mortar in corregidor, the gas masks adds a real nice touch. ;D
Additionally, you will note that the color guard of that assembly of U.S. Army soldiers on parade in front of the mile long barracks does not carry a Filipino flag or a Commonwealth flag, just the U.S. flag and the regimental flag.
I wonder if it's the same flag protocols for pre-war PS color guards, the PS being regular U.S. Army troops not sworn to service under any Filipino would be state or commonwealth government?
Although in immediate post war photos like that of Sgt. Calugas receiving the U.S. congressional MH, there was a U.S. and Philippine flag carried by a color guard to his rear.
Last Edit: Feb 9, 2010 16:23:28 GMT -5 by RayAdillO
Battery James was actually manned by Philippine Army Coast Artillery during the war. I learned something new. Here's Fots' post in the Corregidor forum.
Some Battery James info for you from Corregidor.org.
The battery mounted four rapid-fire 3-inch (76.2mm) M1903 guns on M1903 Barbette (Pedestal) Carriages, and was intended for defense against small sea craft. Maximum range was 11,328 yards (about 6.44 miles or 10.36 km). Ammunition was of the fixed type, either 15 lb. (6.8 kg) armor piercing or 12 lb (5.45 kg) high explosive shell. Firing elevation was from minus 10 degrees to plus 16 degrees. Maximum rate of fire was 30 rounds per minute and field of fire was over 180 degrees. Standard crew per gun was 6 men.
James was manned wartime by troops of Battery B, 1st Coast Artillery, Philippine Army under 1st Lt. Amadeo S. Garcia, PA, attached to Battery B, 91st CA (PS). Facing Bataan directly across three miles (4.8 km) of water, its highly exposed position led to rapid damage from concentrated enemy fire. Nevertheless, Lt. Garcia's men returned fire as best they could for as long as was possible.
On 15 April a shell collapsed a tunnel behind the battery suffocating 42 men. By the 20th, with the emplacement severely damaged and three guns wrecked beyond repair, the battery ceased fire.
The remaining gun was disabled by the crew but was repaired by American POW's. The Japanese were believed to have relocated this gun, as only three, all dismantled, were found on site after reoccupation.
This looks like an “under construction” photo of Battery James. At the bottom and mid right are two gun barrels not yet mounted.