ROCK FORCE CONTENTS
503 Prcht. Inf. Rgt.
503d PRCT On The Rock
503d Heritage Bn. Website
3d Bn PRCT on Corregidor
503 PRCT Still Photo Archive
Bless 'em All
462 Field Artillery Bn. (Prcht.)
Corregidor Field Orders - Operation 48
3d Bn. 34 Inf. Rgt.
A Brief History of the 34th Infantry
Setting The Stage - from the Journal of the 24th Infantry
Corregidor Coordination - Lt. Col. E. M. Postlethwait
34th Infantry Regiments on Corregidor - Paul J. Cain
We Storm Corregidor - Jan Valtin
- William McKenna
Two Hour Tourist on Corregidor - Phil
Bloody Corregidor Battle Recalled -
Camera at War - Corregidor -
Approaching Black Beach - Signal Corps Photographs
Surface of the Moon - Nicholas & William Russiello
Roster of Killed - 34th IR, 24th ID -
Co. "C", 161 Airborne Engineer
18th Port. Surg. Hosp. (Reinforced.)
Observations by Capt.
Charles M. Bradford, MD.
3rd Platoon Antitank Co. 34 Inf. Rgt.
3rd Platoon Cannon Co. 34 Inf. Rgt.
M-7 Mission to Topside -
John D. Reynolds
Co. "A" 34 Inf. Rgt
3rd Platoon Co. "C". 24th Med. Bn.
Detachment Serv. Co. 34 Inf Rgt.
Btry. A 950 A.A.A. (AW) Bn.
174 Ordinance Service. Detachment, (Bomb Disposal Squad)
Detachment, 592 Engineer Boat and Shore Rgt.
On to Corregidor" with the 592d EBSR
Engineer Special Brigade
Detachment, 98 Signal Bn.
Detachment, 1st Platoon 603 Tank Co.
I am the Tank Pilot
Detachment, 592 Joint Assault Signal Co.
Detachment, 6th Support Air Party
Combat Photo Unit "A" G.H.Q. Signal Station.
Combat Photo Unit "Q" G.H.Q. Signal Section.
HONOR ROLL of CORREGIDOR'S OTHER
The U.S. Navy at Corregidor
was not a part of the Rock Force, but was
integral to the success of the Operation. The pre-invasion plans had been worked out by the higher staffs, and the
Navy had been designated to bombard the island for several days from
cruisers and destroyers. The pre-landing bombardment was copious, well placed and was furnished
by cruisers, destroyers, gunboats, rocket firing LCIís and PT boats. On
D-day the fire never ceased from the opening of the heavy guns at
daylight until the first wave touched shore amid the dust of the final
volleys of five-inch shells. PT Boats stood off, ready to pick up
paratroopers who fell short of the Landing Fields. Thereafter, the Navy provided 'floating
artillery' from destroyers which stood offshore day after day giving
close support with gnatís-eye accuracy. The set-up was similar to that of field artillery and air support, a
liaison party and a forward observer party. These parties come from the
Joint Assault Signal Companies made up of individuals from both the Army
and Navy. There were two destroyers available at all times, day and
night. During the day, one destroyer sat dead in the water off the south
shore firing on any likely looking target east of Malinta Hill, while
the other worked around the west end, firing mission for the
paratroopers in their clean-up of the rugged ravines and cliffsides in
that area. At night, one destroyer lay out west of the island firing
star-shell illumination until the moon rose, while the other patrolled
outside the bay entrances though still available to fire on call.
U.S.N. at Corregidor" Article
Radio Log of the USS Abbot (DD 629)
U.S.N. K.I.A.'s at
Deck Log of the USS Radford (DD 446)
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross was represented at Corregidor by two
extraordinary personalities, both civilians, and their support staff,
whose names we do not have. Jumping with the 503d PRCT was Harold
Templeman who, though not a paratrooper, became as much a part of the
unit's history as any man. Templeman published the book "Return To
Corregidor" which is as close to a Unit History as the 503d had at the
time. It was Templeman who compiled the list of men who jumped on
Corregidor which, though not gospel, provides us with the best source
of the men who jumped to battle there. (Corregidor
Jump Roster) The second personality was Weldon
B. Hester, the Red Cross Field Director with the 3dBn of the 34th
Infantry Regiment, who landed across the beach. Hester had just come from 3 days at Zig-Zag Pass on
Bataan, and before that, from 75 days of combat on Leyte. He had a
reputation to keep - for serving coffee to the troops within an
hour of arriving on a beachhead. His recollection is at
"A Red Cross Man on Corregidor."
317th Troop Carrier Group - "Jungle Skippers"
Though not a part of the Rock Force,
the Jungle Skippers, comprising
39th, 40th, 41st and 46th Troop Carrier squadrons of the 317th Troop
Carrier Group, under Col. John Lackey, delivered us to the jump zones
and kept us supplied during the critical times.
Transport Orders are available for the Corregidor Operation.
They have a website.
have a series of photographs of their Nose Art.
17th Recon Squadron, 71st Recon Group, 5th Army Air Force -
Though not a part of the Rock Force, we
include them here as they were involved in the pre-mission
reconnaissance, and in covering the jump photographically with their
A detachment operated from Dulag Airfield, Dulag, Leyte from 9 February
until the end of the war. The 17th
recon Squadron flew P-38/F5's and B-25's and extensively photographed
the island. (They also bombed from their B-25's.) We feature two series of images, one
the Fred Hill
Collection, a truly exceptional series of medium resolution air-to
ground images photos, including some spectacular detailed images
of the Jump. The second is
series of low resolution
contact prints of the big negatives themselves.
If you want photographic
enlargements, you've left it too late. They are no longer available.
Mopping up the other islands of Manila Bay
Company B, 113th Engineer
was moved to the island on the 23 February. It was not a part of
the Rock Force.
151st Infantry Regiment was not a part of the Rock Force, but was
was detached to relieve the 3d Bn 34th Infantry, and landed on Corregidor's
Black Beach on 24
February 1945. It thereafter continued mopping-up operations in league
with the 503d PRCT, assisting to secure the island sufficiently that on
2 March Colonel Jones could present General MacArthur with Fortress
Corregidor at the formal raising of the flag on the old Spanish
flagpole at Topside.
The entire island was turned
over to the 151st on 8 March.
From Corregidor, the 2d Battalion, 151st Infantry
Regiment assaulted Caballo Island, about a mile south, on 27 March.
Fire support was provided by the 163d Field Artillery Battalion from
Corregidor, and by the 150th Field
Artillery Battalion from Bataan. Mopping
up operations lasted until Company F was relieved on 13 April.
Some Japanese did remain on
the island, and in fact twenty Japanese resisted capture until 1 Jan
A comprehensive description of their attacks on Fort Hughes, Fort Drum,
and Fort Frank is available in
an extract of the 38th Infantry Division Historical Report.
Reports of Gen. MacArthur -
Triumph in the Philippines - Corregidor -
Corregidor Island Operation - USAFFE Board
Report No. 308
Post Operation Reports - a selection