21 Feb 1945




"A" Co., 34th Inf, 24th Div


Elden L. Broadfield
Photo courtesy of Heidi Edgar (Granddaughter)




[At 11.30 on the night of the 21st, the Japanese exploded charges stacked against the blocked East entrance to Malinta, intending to blow the tunnel plug and attack through the reopened entrance. Though the plan was partially successful - in that the East entrance was reopened - most of the 600 men intending to make the attack were killed owing to a disastrous miscalculation of the amount of explosives required.]

"Huge sheets of flame shot from both ends of the tunnel, lighting up the dark sky. Rocks and dirt flew everywhere; large fissures opening along the slopes of Malinta Hill caused massive landslides. Six men from Captain Melvin A. Simpson's Company "A" were buried alive by one of these slides."

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Gerard Devlin,  P. 174.

Roster of Killed, 34th Inf Reg't, 24th Inf Div, 20 Oct 44 - 30 June 1945  - Company "A"

Only six men (Boyer, Bratcher, Broadfield, Brumfield, Connell and Moyer) were listed killed on the 21st February, and they were all from "A" Company.


Further information:

Elden L. Broadfield was my grandfather. He left behind three sons, and my dad was the middle boy, just three years old when Elden died.
                     Heidi Broadfield Edgar


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