Joe W. Keever

Joe W. Keever

(? — July 9, 1996) Staff Sergeant with 60th Coast Artillery Corps of the U.S. Army stationed on Corregidor. P.O.W. in Corregidor and Cabanatuan.

November 30, 1941

On the last day in Nov. we moved to the field. That was not unusual, as we had been looking forward to it for sometime:

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December 7th, 1941

—Pat, Yeager and I took on a load of beer at the N.C.O. club and caught the famous “longest free streetcar line in the world”

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December 8th, 1941

—Yes, the Japs bombed P.H. We are in the war naturally. Why aren’t bombing or shelling us—nothing is taking place. That day we get to

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April 29, 1942

—heavy artillery barrage on Rock on April 29th—26,000 rounds—took shelter in OP—over everything blown up—how no one got hurt, thank God, 24 240 mm and

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April 9-May 7, 1942

Why don’t we fire on the long streams of trucks and men going up the roads behind Mariveles? Why? Why? Why?—Bataan has fallen-boats coming around

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May 8-24, 1942

300,000 to 75, 000 poorly equipped, ill fed men ill fed-yes, why? I don’t know. Boat after boat I helped load for the Japs of

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