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Of historic note: last message from Corregidor

May 7th, 2008 (01:43 pm)
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Yesterday, May 6, was the 66th anniversary of the fall of Corregidor. I meant to post this then.

A while ago, I found a recording and translation of the Morse Code message sent out by Corporal Irving Strobing as the Japanese took the island. It's one of the most harrowing things I've ever heard. Corporal Strobing was clearly freaking the hell out, and while he held it together enough to send the message and report on the condition of affairs, the effects of the constant bombardment and the pressure of the moment are evident in the tone and content of his reports. He also asks that the receiver of the message send his love to his family.

Strobing lived, and was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. He stayed a POW until the end of the war, but he survived his captivity and made it home.