Return to Corregidor by a Red Cross Man

Zd831. Fort Mills, Manila Bay Harbor Defense Fort on Corregidor Island recaptured, liberated from the Japanese Occupier from a book by the Red Cross Field Director for the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team.

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This is a book put into a PDF file, by the US Army
Author: Harold Templeman
Abstract: Templeman was the American Red Cross Field Director for the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team, 503rd Parachute Infantry, 462nd Parachute F.A. Battalion, and 161st Airborne Engineer Company. This book contains information on those units to include information for their Presidential Citation and a list of names of the members of those units.
Number of pages: 71 p
This is the URL, click here:

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There was another Red Cross man and crew on Corregidor. He has a webpage in Corregidor.com. Here is the title and URL!

“A Red Cross Man on Corregidor”. Click here for the URL:

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Corregidor.org has this reference about the Red Cross on Corregidor!
ROCK FORCE CONTENTS, has this URL and the Red Cross paragraph below. Click here for the URL:

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 document 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.”

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Here are a few pictures in the front of the book:

Zd832. Fort Mills, Manila Bay Harbor Defense Fort on Corregidor Island recaptured, liberated from the Japanese Occupier from a book by the Red Cross Field Director for the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team.

Zd833. Fort Mills, Manila Bay Harbor Defense Fort on Corregidor Island recaptured, liberated from the Japanese Occupier from a book by the Red Cross Field Director for the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team.

Zd834. Fort Mills, Manila Bay Harbor Defense Fort on Corregidor Island recaptured, liberated from the Japanese Occupier from a book by the Red Cross Field Director for the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team.

Zd835. Fort Mills, Manila Bay Harbor Defense Fort on Corregidor Island recaptured, liberated from the Japanese Occupier from a book by the Red Cross Field Director for the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team.

Zd836. Fort Mills, Manila Bay Harbor Defense Fort on Corregidor Island recaptured, liberated from the Japanese Occupier from a book by the Red Cross Field Director for the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team.

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Note from Karl: Above is the URL for that book in PDF form, so you can read the whole book that way. But in the future, I may copy more pages from that book and add them here.
That URL above was provided to me by the people of the Army Lt. Chester K. Britt Research Team, who are:
First is Dave Britt, LTC USAF (Ret), son of Chester K Britt, Vickie Graham CMSGT USAF (Ret), and John Duresky. They all graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1967, and are doing it as a team. Chester Britt graduated from Logan in 1933 and his mother Grace in 1934. Dave wrote most of the manuscript, John editing what he wrote and doing most of the research, and Vickie is the final editor with about 20 years of professional writing in her resume, largely with Airman magazine.
They are planning to write a book about Army Lt. Chester K. Britt soon!
Uploaded their intention to the forum, POW/MIA, Army Lt. Chester K. Britt, Hell Ship Oryoku Maru, click here:

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Three Red Cross pictures from Corregidor

The three Red Cross pictures came from this Corregidor.org URL, click here:

It is a page of the Corregidor.org web pages, extracted from “BLESS ‘EM ALL – the History of 2nd Battalion, 503d PRCT”

The original author was Weldon B. Hester, Field Director, American Red Cross, 34th Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He said this about his staff: “My assistant, “Griff” Griffiths, accompanied me and my other assistant, PFC “Betts” Bettinger remained behind to keep my other canteens operating”. That was in Mariveles, where the 34th Inf., started their assault from.
This Red Cross unit supported the 34th Inf. which operated at Bottomside and on Malinta Hill.

But the three pictures show the Red Cross unit that supported the 503d PRCT and are at the so called: “Mile Long Enlisted Men Barracks”. It was Harold Templeman and staff who, though not a paratrooper, jumped with them and 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 document of the men who jumped to battle there. (Corregidor Jump Roster)

It is interesting, we hear often about the duty of the US Military at the front but it seems the Red Cross was nearby, with coffee, cigarettes and moral support. But they are seldom mentioned. Here are the three Pictures:

Zd837. A Red Cross picture on Corregidor when it was recaptured. This sign is displayed on the 2nd floor of the so called: “Mile Long Enlisted Men Barracks”, Topside in the former Fort Mills. This picture came from 503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) sources.

Zd838. A Red Cross picture on Corregidor when it was recaptured. This sign is displayed in the so called: “Mile Long Enlisted Men Barracks”, Topside in the former Fort Mills. This picture came from 503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) sources.

Zd839. A Red Cross picture or a 503d PRCT image on Corregidor when it was recaptured. This seems to the First Aid Station in the so called: “Mile Long Enlisted Men Barracks”, Topside in the former Fort Mills. Note all the parachutes, used perhaps as bedding. This picture came from 503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) sources.

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