George E. Steiger

George E. Steiger

(1905 — 1960), Captain, U.S. Army, stationed in Corregidor with 59th Coast Artillery. P.O.W. in the Philippines and Japan.

16 Sept. 1941

The Pierce docked about 3:30 PM. We were taken 10 blocks away to the Army-Navy Club where the Air Force was giving a little party

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September 26, 1941

The taxi situation is interesting. Cabs outnumber private autos 2 to 1. They drive on the left side of the street and the steering wheel

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September 23-26, 1941

General MacArthur had sent all the women home in May of 1941 but there was some social life. There were a number of stag parties.

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October 10, 1941

On 10 Oct., we were scheduled to fire machine guns but the fire was called off because there was no airplane available! On 14 Oct.,

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October 25-31, 1941

I went to Manila on Oct. 25th with Traw. Went to the Ninatchka [sic] Russian restaurant and the Alcazar, Santa Ana. Traw and I took

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November 8, 1941

On 8th Nov., I made a tour of Fort Hughes, Fort Drum, Fort Frank, Ternate [?] Muragodon [Maragondon], Maic [Naic], Cavite and the Bayview Hotel.

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December 6, 1941

We were not on an immediate alert, however, but we were in a position to meet any enemy attack without long range warning. We stayed

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December 8, 1941

My Executive Officer, Lt. Aikran [?], and I were sleeping outside the battery in a tent. At this time, my battery as well as the

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December 16, 1941

The Army and the Filipino skippers had long been butting heads. All the channels out of Manila Bay had been mined for many months. At

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December 12-19, 1941

On 19 December, I sent a radiogram to my wife saying, “Am okay!” On 12 December we were issued service gas masks which we never

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December 19-22, 1941

On the 19th of December, 15 bombers went out over Fort Drum from Manila. On 22 December, the Cabcaben air raid occurred, during which it

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December 24, 1941

On 24 December, 5 bombers came over the Rock at 1 PM. Eight bombers bombed the French steamer Si-kiang at Mariveles at 3 PM. The

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December 25-28, 1941

Xmas Day, 25 December; the troops had a good turkey dinner and 2 bottles of beer per man. Hong Kong surrendered. The war was going

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December 28-31, 1941

On 28 December, Tojo’s bombers visited the Rock for the first time. The raid lasted from 12 noon to 3 PM. There were 30 casualties

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January 1, 1942

had a shave and a clean uniform. One Jap observation plane over Kindley Field on the Rock at 8 AM. Good turkey dinner at 5

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January 3, 1942

Raid number 3 at 12:52. Hit on no. 5 machine gun but no casualties. Three enemy planes downed. Two waves of bombers over Cheney. Glassburn’s

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January 4th 1942

Raid number 4. Bombs over Cheney at 1:30. Had a bath in the week old water at the quarters – pretty dirty. By now any

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January 5th 1942

Raid number 5. Planes near at 7:30 AM, which is the earliest yet. I moved secret documents from the barracks to the battery. Lt. Aikman

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January 6, 1942

Air raid number 6. Lasted from 1 to 4 PM. Water not too plentiful. Hit at Battery Geary kitchen and 26 men were killed. General

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January 7th 1942

No aerial activity. Jap airplane carrier 40,000 yards out just opposite Mariveles at 6 PM. The insolent SOBs, just out of range! I took last

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January 8th 1942

No air. USAFFE says “BIG PUSH IN MAKING.” Our lines at north end of Bataan peninsula. No water in which to bathe or laundry. I

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January 9th 1942

Wrote to Ottly. Major Edison estimates six months for American Expeditionary Force. Artillery fire plainly audible from Bataan. No Jap air. FDR would send one

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January 10th 1942

No air activity. Took bath in one quart if water and changed clothes. Barge load of pistols and shotguns arrived bottomside from the mainland. We

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January 11th 1942

One Jap observation plane running lights on, very low, sighted over the Rock at 6:30 AM in an attempt to draw fire and learn the

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January 12th 1942

No air activity. Went to Middle Sector with Capt. Schenck regarding beach defense. To Kindly Field for powder cans and water as our supply of

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January 13th 1942

Taking our truck, we went to Bottomside for water. After filling a truck with a load of powder cans at the basic source, we started

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January 14th 1942

This was the coldest morning since I had been in the Philippines. Fort Drum fired ten rounds on a Jap ship in Manila Bay at

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January 16, 1942

Much air activity but no bombs. Order “anti-aircraft will not fire on observation planes because it disturbs the nerves of the people in Malinta Tunnel.”

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