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The bullets smacking the arareas. He met a platoon of mor of the barges sounded like Marines of Company A under Lieutenant Harris engaged in sweeping out Japanese snipers from a wooded area. Harris agreed to support Hogaboom, midnight, rivet hammers rattling away," remembered Hogaboom. Private First Class Robert P. McKechnie took a Lewis gun to an overlook and personally disabled two of the barges, leaving them drifting aim- extending Hogaboom's left to the beach. Luckily, Hogaboom's 1st lessly.

Of the 1,487 members of the 4th Marines caplight hours and for the rest of the tured on Corregidor, 474 died in day faced little opposition. As captivity The Japanese recognized that evening approached, they heard the firing on Corregidor diminish, the five-month battle for the and Forts Hughes and Drum fell Philippines was seen by the world Battalion, 61st Infantry, in the day- also will have a bearing upon the English and the Americans and their attitude toward continuing the war. And so they did.

Cared for and calmly took control by knee mortars. By the time The two Marines now lobbed of the action. Ferguson was abreast of the first grenades into the Japanese posiPredictably, contact was soon guns he had only one man left, tions, promptly destroying the lost between the two left compa- Corporal Alvin E. Stewart of the machine gun in the water tank. nies, Q and R, and the two compa- 803d Engineer Battalion. The two Captain Brook remembered, "A nies on the right, S and T. The gave up the enterprise and moved Marine sergeant gathered an companies on the left had outdis- to the south side of the road to armful of hand grenades and tanced those on the right by 200 place rifle fire on the offending climbed to the top of a stone water yards.

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