Bataan

In Pursuit of Truth

The True Story of Bataan

Plus: The Battle of Manila

 

 (A Few Excerpts of the Book Below)

 

“Excuse me if I shed a few tears, of which I am not ashamed as I left a lot of friends there –

I could not have managed to write this a few years ago.”

 

Maj. Duke Fullerton and Tillman J. Rutledge at

the Battling Bastards of Bataan Camp O’Donnell Memorial

Inside the Capas National Shrine

 

The Final Days on Bataan

 “When what remained of the Regiment (US 31st INF Regt.) reached the San Vicente River, it was badly disorganized and completely exhausted.  EXHAUSTED!!  We had been exhausted for weeks –

We were fighting on ‘guts’ alone.

Our mission had failed.  We had no food, no meds, very little ammo, no organization, per se,

remnants of a once proud regiment.

Some semblance of resistance was tried, i.e., Capt. Conrad, F CO, with approximately 100 men at Limay Bridge.  It was a ‘no go.’  We had nothing left!

Capt. Conrad, with tears in his eyes, told us, ‘It is no use, we just can’t go on.  It is every man for himself’”

 

The Bataan Death March

“They want us to forget about Japan’s atrocities to the Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos and Americans.

I was there in the Philippines.  This is no hearsay…

I saw the wanton murders, beheadings, disembowelments, cutting throats. 

Casual shootings (CASUAL-HELL NO!), bayonet stabbings, rifle butt beatings….

Deliberate refusal to give prisoners food or water, and entice a POW to go for water

at Artesian well and when they did, kill them!”

 

 Camp O’Donnell

“For our Filipino comrades the figures are even more shocking.  While we buried as many as fifty a day, the Filipinos on the other side of the road from us lost as many as five hundred a day.

Men fought to stay out of the hospital.  It was a death sentence for those who had to enter it.  Men lay on a bamboo floor with no bedding.  Most were naked and laying in their own waste. 

Huge blue flies were in their eyes, their ears and their mouths…. 

They were skin and bones and soon developed ulcers on their sides and back. 

They died and death removed them from their suffering…..

Taken to an opening in the floor, they were unceremoniously dropped through

that opening awaiting the burial squads.”

 

Gen. Edward P. King

“Gen. Edward King became Commander of Bataan Forces.  The treatment he received after the Fall of Bataan (and after the war and even today) is a disgrace to and in our military history. 

I am writing this because Gen. King had guts.

Newspapers praised the epic Defense of the Bataan Peninsula…

Stress was laid on the fact that the exhausted Bataan Garrison went down fighting against overwhelming odds and after resources were spent.  Great tribute was paid to Gen. MacArthur (in Australia) and Gen. Wainwright (on Corregidor),

but there was no mention of Gen. King (on Bataan). 

Such was the treatment for Gen. King.”

 

            

Tillman Rutledge in the Philippines

 

(The Quartermaster Corps)

“The troops on Bataan were in desperate shape for medicine and food.  The two 60th CAC Batteries, manning search lights on Bataan before they were sent back to Corregidor before Bataan fell were not only receiving Rations from Corregidor of such foods troops on Bataan had not seen since December 1941,

but they were also drawing the meager Bataan rations.”

“When the decision was made to withdraw the troops into Bataan, a change from MacArthur’s ‘fighting it out on the beaches,’ Corregidor was given priority over what supplies they

needed before stocking the troops on Bataan.”

“The number of persons to feed on Bataan was nearly 100,000.  There were over 70,000 troops and between 20,000 to 25,000 civilians, most of whom were refugees.  The QM plans for Bataan called for handling only 43,000 troops and only such civilians required for labor. 

The QM thought the civilians on Bataan were to be evacuated.”

 

(The Latest Fiasco: Apologies from Japan)

“I don’t want an Apology – AND NO ONE CAN ACCEPT ONE FOR ME – NOT ANYONE IN ADBC OR ELSE WHERE.  THEY NOR YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY OR RIGHT TO DO SO.  No one has the right to accept an apology for the brothers and buddies I left there.  I don’t give a hoot what position they

hold and what prestige they seek and glory, if they get one.”

“I feel like puking at this sordid attempt!”

“This was a joke – a farce.”

“But they got to travel, wined and dined and sightseeing at Japan’s expense,

even though it cost a Foreign Minister his job.”

“Now they come back and publish it all in the Quan

“I CAN ASSURE THEM THE JAPANESE ARE NOT STAYING AWAKE AT NIGHT

OR EVEN THINKING ABOUT WHAT THEY DID.”

 

Maj. Richard M. Gordon and Tillman Rutledge Unveiling

The Battling Bastards of Bataan Plaque

On Mount Samat, Bataan

 

(There are several other topics in the book not mentioned in

the excerpts above for the sake of brevity.)

 

Also included in the book is “Reminiscences” a piece by James Litton. His childhood accounts of

his journey into hell during the “Battle of Manila.”

 

If you wish to own a copy of Tillman’s Second Book, “Bataan: In Pursuit of Truth”

Send a “Money Order or Cashier Check” to:

Larry Gill

218 CR 682

Merkel, Texas – 79536

You can e-mail Larry at constablegill@yahoo.com

OR

Tillman J. Rutledge

9509 Coolbrook

San Antonio, Texas – 78250

You can e-mail Tillman at a31stbataan@satx.rr.com

 

The cost, with shipping and handling included:

 

$31.00 for a Soft Cover

$40.00 for a Hard Cover

Signed copies are available upon request!

(No Personal Checks at this Time.)

 

Tillman Rutledge’s first book has been reprinted.

 

 

The first printing of this book was sold out some time ago.  

Due to many requests, a second printing is now available.

 

If you wish to own a copy of Tillman’s First Book,

“My Japanese POW Diary Story”

Send a “Money Order or Cashier Check” to:

Larry Gill

218 CR 682

Merkel, Texas – 79536

You can e-mail Larry at constablegill@yahoo.com

OR

Tillman J. Rutledge

9509 Coolbrook

San Antonio, Texas – 78250

You can e-mail Tillman at a31stbataan@satx.rr.com

 

The cost, with shipping and handling included:

 

$23.00 for a Soft Cover

$38.00 for a Hard Cover

Signed copies are available upon request!

(No Personal Checks at this Time.)

 

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