Bigart of the Chjicago Herald Tribune landed
with the last (5th) wave. Finding himself caught
in a crossfire perilously close to an ammunition
truck, he dashes fifty yards to a position of
perceived safety adjacent a disabled tank.
"Huffing and puffing, Bigart flopped down beside
the tank. The first thing he saw there was one
of the tank crewmen topple over dead after
getting hit by a stream of machine gun bullets
that tore into his back and came out his chest.
Bigart was still staring wide-eyed at the dead
man when a mortar shell exploded only twenty
feet from him, killing another member of the
BACK TO CORREGIDOR - Gerard M. Devlin, p.69.
A limitation on the general utility of the
American Battle Monuments Commission database is
that it does not extend to KIA's buried
privately at the request of the next of kin,
only to those buried under its jurisdiction.
Thus the number and names of casualties suffered
by the 603d Tank Co. on Corregidor cannot be
ascertained short of locating a document or list
published by the unit itself. It is a pity that
no extended database exists which gives the ease
of use of the ABMC search to cover so many men
who will be entirely forgotten.