After the fall of Bataan, Corregidor's increasingly desperate situation for more medical supplies in the closing days of the siege forced MacArthur's replacement, USAFFE
Immediately after the fall of Corregidor Island, the guerrilla units in Leyte organised themselves under the command of United States Air Forces Far East (USAFFE
Finance Office put its peacetime regulations in a bottom drawer and never looked at them again.
Thorpe was given the position of Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2 (Intelligence), USAFFE
, and remained chief of the section and director of counter intelligence throughout the war.
Brereton was awakened just after the message came through, and after receiving a personal phone call from General Sutherland (MacArthur's chief of staff), he got dressed and reported to USAFFE
Headquarters in Del Carmen at about 5 AM.
Today marks what used to be called the Fall of Bataan when the Filipinos and American soldiers belonging to the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE
) surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Army on April 9, 1942, that set off the infamous Death March from Mariveles, Bataan, to San Fernando, Pampanga, during which thousands of the prisoners of war perished.
In round numbers, the figures given by historian Stanley Falk are that the USAFFE
numbered 78,000 on April 3, composed of 66,000 Filipinos and 12,000 Americans." The Bataan Death March is another part of Philippine history that Legarda writes about.
Between July 1941 and December 1946 Philippine service members fought alongside the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (Usaffe
) and under the command of General Douglas MacArthur, Major General Jonathan Wainwright and Major General Edward King.
Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE
) had many hours of warning.
In Bataan and Corregidor, they used pamphlets and radio broadcasts to urge USAFFE
soldiers to surrender.(5) When the surrender finally took place, in May, the Japanese had to deal with almost eighty thousand prisoners of war.
The commanders of the USAFFE
troops in Bataan were confronted by a situation in which they either have to surrender or have their men slaughtered en masse," the narrative on the wall said.
Last week, fisherman Usaffe
Fontanilla reported that the Chinese Coast Guard seemed to be testing its water cannon when his group was about to leave the shoal on March 19.