hey vic...good job. seems as though you have everything covered till next year. the tv going in my den as i type this message is a sanyo, i have a nissan pickup truck (but a chevy sedan in the driveway) parked in my garage, and the tv located in my living room is also a sanyo. there are afew other minor electronic gizmos around my house and garage that originated in the land of the rising sun, thus i am not as "pure" as maybe i would prefer. after all, i knew a fellow while in the USAF who survived the bataan death march who was married to a japanese woman. i believe i told you in a prior post about this man (and others that i served with). if sergeant cove can put the past behind him i would think that some of my feelings are very minute on this matter. but still.......!!!! again, i say thanks for all your good work.
On another note, I'd like to share Tillman Rutledge's reaction to the pictures and video. He's a Bataan vet who fought in Abucay Hacienda and a board of directors member with the Battlin' Bastards of Bataan veteran organization.
I'm very touched and it made it very fulfilling to have put together the pictures and video from the pilgrimage to Bataan.
WOW!!!! What a fantastic video. It really hit some emotions in me also as I sit here with tears thinking of those 9 days ,16 -15 Jan '42 of battles, all the good Men Fil/Amer we lost there, some we could not recover, a couple that went on to Korea and were KIA. The Jungle does not look as thick as I recall it. I did nor see the tall cane fields that were interspersed with thick grape vines, the deep ravines and really deep foxholes the Japs had dug but still, it brought bad hard memories, the lack of communications, rations at times did not get up to us, hijacked on the way, especially if they had cigarettes, Snipers in some chow lines, Snipers tied in the trees, hand grenades that were practice ones, 80% and one of 10 might explode of the remaining 20%, trying to fire WW ! Stoke mortar shells from WW !! 81MM Mortars and most just plopped out of the barrel and those that fired had no direction, being incessantly bombed and shelled by the Japs, no Tank support, denied until the W/D action ordered, the Major that tried to burn out the cane fields and set a fire all around himself, got burned and refused aid at the front line Station, went to Regimental Aid Station to insure it got on his record for another Medal, oh yes, I remember his name. The scrounging for food. The lack of Leadership by all too many and the outstanding leadership by some, especially Capt Conrad, F CO and Capt Pray, G CO. I see Victor with LCOL Whitman's Bataan, Our Last Ditch (Major at the time he wrote it and had researched for 14 years.) Whitman of course was not on Bataan .I still have the tapes and letters he sent back to me as I was one of the about 350 Bataan Veterans. The Japs bringing in fresh troops from across the Empire and the exhaustion of our Troops (when we lost a Man there was no replacement. There is so much more this video has brought back. Thank you so very much again, Victor. I GOTTA GET BACK AND GO TO THE RIGHT AH. WE WERE TAKEN TO THE WRONG PLACE BY OUR "EXPERT GUIDE" WHEN I WAS THERE WITH CARLTON TV FROM LONDON.
Abucay Hacienda, I can still see the place in my mind and it will forever be there, along with Mt Sumat and Layac Junction.
Victor, what can I say, What a fantastic video/job. I would like to send this to my Family and some friends. I saw at the end a way to email this but can I send to more than one? I will try to add some to this reply.
I am going to save this more than once.
Take care, stay well,
IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH" Tillman "REMEMBER BATAAN"
Victor, I would like to make you an Honorary Member of the Battling Bastards of Bataan. If you will accept, please send me your address where I can send your card and Pin. Logo, Patch.
I've been doing some research/internet recon on the Abucay Hacienda area. I'm planning a trip there in a couple of weeks. Last night I was cross checking hand drawn maps, existing photos, satellite images, and descriptions of the battle that took place there. I've been raring to go back since my trip to Mabatang in Dec. 2007.
As I thumbed through the 45th Infantry PS casualty list, I came across the Scout who had the same first and last name as mine. I saw it before and knew he was KIA in Abucay Hacienda, but this time I noticed the date that he was reported KIA. It was January 21st, 1942. Then I looked up at the calendar and realized it was January 21st. ooooh...
I looked him up at the American Cemetery at Fort Bonifacio in Dec. 2007 but he didn't have a marker. He was KIA and body was never found so he only had his name etched on the wall. He's probably still out there in Abucay somewhere.
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