Col. W. Massello, Battery Way, Corregidor Siege

Zo703. Lt. Col. William Massello is honored by Mayor G. Edward Bradley in Sommerville, Mass., as a survivor of the Corregidor Siege in 1942 and being on a Hell Ship, and POW in Japan. The Boston Sunday Globe got it completely wrong! The Allied personnel on Corregidor, ordered to surrender, DID NOT PARTICIPATE in the Death March on Bataan, they were marched thru Manila by the Imperial Japanese Military who wanted to demonstrate their believe that they were superior to the white race. I have met actual Death March Survivors from the association of the Battling Bastards of Bataan who felt bitter about that mistaken believe that the Corregidor defenders participated in the Death March or were kept in the POW Hell Hole of Camp O’Donnell. This image was provided by John Duresky.

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This album is about new pictures about Col. Wild Bill Massello (Hero of Battery Way during the Corregidor Siege) which I received from John Duresky and Lt Col David Britt, USAF (Ret), who are going to write a book about Army Lt. Chester K. Britt, Hell Ship Oryoku Maru, Ft. Wint, Olongapo. My friends, doing research for their book, found a memorial dedicated to Col. W. Massello, at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Fort Bliss is special to me, its main function is Anti Air Craft Defense (AAA), In 1972-73 I was a student there in a 35 weeks Viet Nam language course, and I met German Air Force Personnel who in 1959 wore US Uniforms for AAA training. At the end of this album are more links about Col. Massello.
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Zo704. The memorial to Col. Wild Bill Massello (Hero of Battery Way during the Corregidor Siege) at Fort Bliss, is dedicated to the AAA warriors (Anti-Aircraft Artillery), although during the Corregidor Siege he and his Battery Erie volunteer (60th CAC, AAA) personnel served under the 59th CAC, Coastal Artillery. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo705. The memorial to Col. Wild Bill Massello (Hero of Battery Way during the Corregidor Siege) at Fort Bliss, dedicated to the AAA warriors, although during the Corregidor Siege he and his Battery Erie volunteer (60th AAA CAC) personnel served under the 59th CAC, Coastal Artillery. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo706. The memorial to Col. Wild Bill Massello (Hero of Battery Way during the Corregidor Siege) at Fort Bliss, dedicated to the AAA warriors, although during the Corregidor Siege he and his Battery E (Erie) volunteer (60th AAA CAC) personnel served under the 59th CAC, Coastal Artillery. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo707. A 2006 image of Battery Way at Middleside on the way to Topside on Corregidor Island, the ex-Fort Mills of the Manila Bay and Subic Bay Harbor Defense Command.

Zo708. An image of Battery Way at Middleside on the way to Topside on Corregidor Island, the ex-Fort Mills of the Manila Bay and Subic Bay Harbor Defense Command. This picture is from fots2 in the Corregidor Forum.

Zo709. An image of Battery Way at Middleside on the way to Topside on Corregidor Island, the ex-Fort Mills of the Manila Bay and Subic Bay Harbor Defense Command. Yours truly with a group of visitors from Olongapo to Corregidor 2003.

Zo710. This is one of 10 images or items at the Col. William (Wild Bill) Massello Memorial at Fort Bliss in El Paso TX. Army Officer William Massello explain the 3 Inch Anti Air Craft Gun in 1938. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo711. This is one of 10 images or items at the Col. William (Wild Bill) Massello Memorial at Fort Bliss in El Paso TX. William Massello in High School 1925 and the 110th Cavalry in 1927. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo712. This is one of 10 images or items at the Col. William (Wild Bill) Massello Memorial at Fort Bliss in El Paso TX. Army Officer William Massello’s Stainless Steel Pitcher which accompanied him from the Corregidor Hospital, thru his POW life and finally his family kitchen table. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo713. This is one of 10 images or items at the Col. William (Wild Bill) Massello Memorial at Fort Bliss in El Paso TX. Army Officer William Massello participates at a POW course in Ft. Riley, Kansas in July 1946, he is circled in this picture. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo714. This is one of 10 images or items at the Col. William (Wild Bill) Massello Memorial at Fort Bliss in El Paso TX. Army Officer William Massello is given or participates at the Homecoming Parade in Somerville, Mass in 1945. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo715. This is one of 10 images or items at the Col. William (Wild Bill) Massello Memorial at Fort Bliss in El Paso TX. Two historical papers of Army Officer William Massello, perhaps he is the speaker at a West Point Society Luncheon 13th Sep 1994. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo716. This is one of 10 images or items at the Col. William (Wild Bill) Massello Memorial at Fort Bliss in El Paso TX. US Army Capt. William Massello, his brief about his combat service in the Battle of Bataan and the Corregidor Siege, he was advanced to Major during this time. A lot more personal information can be obtained in the links provided at the end of this album. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo717. This is one of 10 images or items at the Col. William (Wild Bill) Massello Memorial at Fort Bliss in El Paso TX. US Army Col William (Wild Bill) Massello (ret.) by a 3 Inch antiaircraft gun in Fort Bliss TX in 1995. This image was provided by John Duresky.

Zo718. One of the two present main plaques at Battery Way on Corregidor, the ex-Fort Mills of the Manila and Subic Bay Harbor Defense Command, this is the Battery Way story.

Zo719. One of the two present main plaques at Battery Way on Corregidor, the ex-Fort Mills of the Manila and Subic Bay Harbor Defense Command, this plaque is dedicated to Col. William (Wild Bill) Massello.

Zo720. This picture is from the blog of the Kwiecinski couple. When they lived on Corregidor Island, the ex-Fort Mills, they published a new page every two weeks or so. Now that they returned to the USA no new pages have been published but all the previous pages are available at this URL or click here:

steveandmarciaontherock.blogspot.com/

Zo721.The Kwiecinski family had a good readable image of the plaque at Battery Way dedicated to Walter Kwiecinski. He and his crew served on the last gun, still able to be fired, at Battery Way, Corregidor Island, in the former Fort Mills. This plaque tells the rest of the story.
Steve and Marcia Kwiecinski send the god copy of the plaque and these other two images. Thank you very much!

Zo722. On my visit to Corregidor, the 7th Nov. 2016 with some Marine Friends, we noticed the Kwiecinski Couple was honored by three organizations; the couple had intimate relations with. The Kwiecinski couple resided on Corregidor approximately from 2008 to 2015. The Corregidor Foundation INC. (CFI); Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (AMSHAM PHILS.); Sun Cruises INC (SCI). A plaque was placed under the plaque that honored Steve Kwiecinski’ father who manned the last firing mortar at Battery Way on the 6th of May 1942.

They retired in their mid-50’s and moved to Corregidor, a WWII Battle Site in the Philippines. Steve’s father Walter fought and was captured there by the Japanese, but survived the war. Steve wrote a book about his father, “HONOR, COURAGE, FAITH: A Corregidor Story,” which is available in paperback in the Philippines, and on Amazon Kindle worldwide. Steve and Marcia loved to entertain guests on Corregidor and take them to out-of-the-way places on the island. They also host tours for Valor Tours, LTD of San Francisco.

I uploaded 14 images about the Kwiecinski Couple on Corregidor into this album with my Flickr account or click here:

www.flickr.com/photos/44567569@N00/albums/72157660752442508

Zo723. HONOR, COURAGE, FAITH: A Corregidor Story
The story of a son tracing his father’s footsteps and discovering a true and inspirational story of courage, faith, and patriotism in the days of Bataan, Corregidor, and Japanese POW camps in WWII.
“I find Honor, Courage, Faith: A Corregidor Story very well written, flowing well. In Part 1, the author does a first-rate job of intertwining his own travel diary with his father’s personal accounts. The items in Parts 2 and 3 add a great deal to the story and it was really exciting to learn that the author actually got to meet two men from his dad’s battery. Their comments clarify some of the questions raised and unanswered in Part 1. This is a very fine account of a hero and a son’s love for his father, and is a must-read for those who want to know more about Corregidor. It gives the reader a more personal view of the war experience, and brings the siege and ensuing captivity to life.”

– RICO JOSE, History Professor, University of the Philippines

    URLs for or related to Battery Way, Col Massello, the Kwiecinski family

Trip Report, Battery Way, fots2 aka John Moffitt, 5 pages now
https://corregidor.proboards.com/thread/722/battery

Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_Way

Corregidor.org:
https://corregidor.org/chs_rowbotm/way.htm

Corregidor.org, Battery Erie:
https://corregidor.org/ca/btty_erie/e.htm

Massello by Sprengle:
https://corregidor.org/ca/btty_erie/sprengle.htm

Massello by Murphy, memorial at B-Way, 2 daughters
https://corregidor.org/ca/btty_erie/massello.htm

AN INTERVIEW WITH COLONEL MASSELLO
https://corregidor.org/ca/btty_erie/massello_interview.htm

The Kwiecinski Couple and Corregidor, Corregidor forum page:
https://corregidor.proboards.com/thread/1985/kwiecinski-couple-corregidor

The Kwiecinski Couple on Corregidor Blog:
http://steveandmarciaontherock.blogspot.com

The Kwiecinski Couple in Karl’s Flickr album:
www.flickr.com/photos/44567569@N00/albums/72157660752442508

List of Batteries:
https://corregidor.org/chs_battery1/battery1.htm

Mr. Massello, at General Board, an ex-student wants to use material:
https://corregidor.proboards.com/thread/33/massello

Battery Way Model from Dan Rowbottom:
https://corregidor.org/chs_rowbotm/model.htm

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