WORLD WAR II
No Army Has Ever Done So Much With So Little
DEFENDERS OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
December 8, 1941----May 10, 1942
Gen Douglas MacArthur
Commander of All Armed
Forces Until His Departure On March 17, 1942
General Jonathan Wainwright
Commander Of All Armed Force
Upon The Departure of General
MacArthur
Prior to WWII, the defense forces of the Philippine Islands were
heavily concentrated around Manila Bay area. First there were the
fortresses of Corregidor, Drum, Hughes, & Frank. Also the Asiatic
fleet was based at Cavite while nearby were the air bases of Nichols,
Clark, and Iba.
Because these defenders of the Philippines believed enough in a free United States Of America to safeguard with their lives when
necessary, its spirit of freedom, we of today enjoy that legacy. Our liberties, as guaranteed by the Constitution, will continue to
survive only if we and each succeeding generation elect to serve our nation with the courage, loyalty, and wisdom as displayed by
these gallant and distinguished members of the Armed Forces. They knew that they were being sacrificed in order to preserve
forever--THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM-- for the greatesy country in the world. The spirit of freedom is the legacy and birthright of every
citizen of the United States Of America. Our liberty, not won and preserved with ease, indifference, or selfishness, rather has been
forged in the fires of self-sacrifice, loyalty, courage, and wisdom with a vision dedicated to a United States Of America.
A STORY OF COURAGE, GALLANTRY, SACRIFICE & MISTREATMENT OF POW'S