General Wainwright's Story: The Account of Four Years of Humiliating Defeat, Surrender, and Captivity

General Wainwright's Story: The Account of Four Years of Humiliating Defeat, Surrender, and Captivity

General Wainwright's Story: The Account of Four Years of Humiliating Defeat, Surrender, and Captivity

General Wainwright's Story: The Account of Four Years of Humiliating Defeat, Surrender, and Captivity

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I SCRAPED THE LAST OF THE RICE FROM MY MESS KIT and looked out across the little clearing. My aides, Major Johnny Pugh and Captain Tom Dooley, were walking up to the battered trailer that served as my headquarters on Bataan.

"About time to go, General," Johnny said. "General Sutherland said the boat would be at Mariveles at noon."

I got up, put on my tin lid, and got a leg up on our jeep. We bumped down the pretense of a road to the piers of the little village that sits on the southern tip of the peninsula. My orderly, Sergeant Hubert Carroll, kept one weather-beaten eye on the air above our jeep all the way to Mariveles. But this day--March 10, 1942-- there was no strafing. At least for us.

The boat was there waiting for us, a little paint-chipped motor launch which was used to ferry back and forth between Corregidor and Bataan.

"Wonder what he wants, General?" Pugh asked as we stood in the boat and watched the gloomy island fortress come closer.

I kept my eyes on Corregidor. "Wish to God I knew, . . ."

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