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September 27, 2013

“We Remained” and “We Won!”

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It is amazing how their rag-tag organization developed over the years and sat in place, ready and waiting for MacArthur’s return.  In 1945, their guerrilla army would fight heroically with American forces, and it fit perfectly, because once the Japanese were put on the run, they too resorted to guerrilla tactics and had to be routed out of mountain caves and jungles. And Volckmann knew just where to look!



The Japanese were formidable adversaries who seldom gave quarter, but the guerrillas were able to find and exploit their weaknesses, which led to many successful attacks upon the enemy. Later, when communication with the outside world was gained, the troops under Volckmannn were ordered to back-off from frequent military attacks and work solely on organization and intelligence until MacArthur and his forces returned. The existence of his guerrilla forces and their intelligence was more valuable than just pestering “the Japs," as they were referred to throughout Volckmann’s book.

 

At the appointed time in 1944-45, submarines began dropping off supplies to Volckmann’s guerrillas, and coordinated plans were developed to retake the Philippines.  That assignment was fairly complete by July, 1945, and dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan ended WWII in August of that year.  There was still much to be done to return the islands to normalcy, and it took a long time; but Volckmann remained loyal and stayed to help the Filipinos  set up a free, safe, and independent country. 

 

Interestingly, while Volckmann was there helping to clean things up, his brother-in-law, John Stansberry, came looking for him in Manila, but they were unable hook up as all military men try to do. While there though, Stansberry was surprised to run into Bob Snell, who was on “R & R” in Manila. - Isn’t it a small world?!

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