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Present-Day Members of 4th Marine Regiment’s Return to Corregidor

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The 4th Marine Regiment of the United States Marines is known as “The Oldest and the Proudest” with a history that dates back to April 16, 1914. During the Second World War in the Philippines, the 4th Marine Regiment is known as one of the brave group of soldiers who stood their ground to defend Corregidor in 1942 despite imminent defeat by the Japanese forces. Their act of courage and great sacrifice, along with all other soldiers and sailors who were in Corregidor during those dark times, served as a timeless inspiration to all who believe in freedom and love for country.

 

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U.S. Marines with 4th Marine Regiment visit Corregidor on 75th anniversary of battle U.S. Marines with 4th Marine Regiment attend a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the fall of Corregidor to the Japanese during World War II on Corregidor, Cavite, May 6, 2017. The ceremony was held to commemorate the Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Filipinos who fought and sacrificed to defend the Philippines during World War II. (Photo from: The Official Website of the United States Marine Corps)

 

Today, the 4th Marine Regiment unit is based in Camp Schwab, Okinawa Japan. Last May 6, the young generation who are members of the present-day 4th Marine Regiment visited the island of Corregidor to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Corregidor. This was a milestone ceremony that was organised by the Corregidor Foundation, Inc., managers of the island, and the Filipino American Memorial Endowment Inc. (FAME) — an affiliate of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. with an objective to maintain history and memorial of WWII in the Philippines.

 

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The ceremony was held to honour the Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Filipinos who fought to the end and sacrificed to defend the Philippines during the start of World War II.

 

In an interview with Sgt. David J. Fulmer of the 4th Marine Regiment, he explains the importance of their presence in the ceremony. “It was a part of 4th Marines history and that’s the reason why we’re out here. It’s for the 4th Marines to get a good part of the history of why we were out here, what we were doing back then, and it’s just great to take part in the 75th anniversary.”

 

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An interview with Sgt. David J. Fulmer of the 4th Marine Regiment

 

He also said, “Since we’ve been on Corregidor, we went on the tour. We explored the island. We got a good history lesson on everything that has to do with this island in Corregidor… anything that has happened during World War II. And afterwards, we also got a tour on what 4th Marines did specifically while they were here [during WWII].”

 

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Philippine TV news reporters interviewed Col. Kevin A. Norton, Commanding Officer, 4th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps, and Camp Commander, Camp Schwab, MCIPAC. (Photo by: Marcelle Villegas)

 

The importance of this island in history was further expressed by U.S. Marine Colonel Kevin A. Norton. “’Lest we forget,’ those three words are the reason we are out here today honoring the memory of the 4th Marines that fought here, honoring the regimental colors, and with humble pride, remembering that this is an important part of our history.” Col. Kevin A. Norton is the commanding officer of 4th Marine Regiment.

 

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The 4th Marine Regiment were on a tour around the island with a history discussion of events and places in Corregidor that were significant during the start of WWII in the Philippines. (Photo from the video by Staff Sgt. Michael Mason and U.S. Marine video by Sgt. David. J. Adams)

 

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A visit to the historic Malinta Tunnel in Corregidor – The Malinta Tunnel was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The construction began in 1932 and was completed after two years. During the Battle of Corregidor, this complex served as the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur and the USAFFE. It was also the seat of government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. (Photo from the video by Staff Sgt. Michael Mason and U.S. Marine video by Sgt. David. J. Adams)

 

 

Author: Marcelle Villegas
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Photo credits:
The Official Website of the United States Marine Corps
Videos by Staff Sgt. Michael Mason and U.S. Marine video by Sgt. David. J. Adams
Photo of Col. Kevin A. Norton – by Marcelle Villegas for Filipino American Memorial Endowment Inc.

 

Reference:
http://www.3rdmardiv.marines.mil/Units/4th-Marine-Regiment/igphoto/2001745968/

 

Interview from the video
“75th Anniversary of the Fall of Corregidor” by Staff Sgt. Michael Mason and U.S. Marine Video by Sgt. David J. Adams (www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCH25BAzrzQ)

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
Ms. Leslie Ann Murray, Filipino-American Memorial Endowment, AmCham Phils., Inc. and Corregidor Foundation for inviting me to join the event in Corregidor.

 

 

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